Creatures that lurk in a Boston bathroom

Last night, I found this little guy hanging out on the bathroom wall. Not wanting to cause a scene and knowing that with all those legs he could outrun me, I let him be.

Living in a new country means you get to see wildlife you wouldn’t normally see back home. Cockroaches for one. The heat seems to bring them out in hordes. Fortunately, there are more delightful eye catching ‘creatures’ such as the red cardinals, hummingbirds and chipmunks that feed in the garden.

Sadly Boris the Bug is the only photographic evidence I have of summertime wildlife in Boston If anyone can tell me what he is and if I need to be concerned then please get in touch!

TIP: to attract hummingbirds into the garden you can tie a red ribbon around the branches of trees or shrubs.


Chase the sunset


Head to Jamaica Pond on a summer’s evening and watch the sun fill the sky with fantastic pink, yellow and orange colors.

The pond has a great path to run along. The trees and adjacent water seem to cool the air down during one of the many hot days Boston has had of late. If you fancy sitting on the water then boats are available to rent from the boathouse. There was even an ice cream stall on Sunday afternoon!

Jamaica Pond is located south of Brookline Village T (map).


What to do with friends in summertime Boston?

Revere Beach in July

This weekend some very good friends came to visit Boston. Ali and Dan, like me, made the big JUMP across the pond seven months ago; moving from our north London neighborhood to the USA. Both are rather good writers and have kept wonderful online journals of their antics in Philadelphia (visit Ali’s blog here and Dan’s blog here). Needless to say, the three of us have a lot in common and I was really looking forward to showing off my new stateside city.

We spent most of the weekend outside on bikes or at the beach. Here is a selection of things we did:



  • Rent bikes from UrbanAdventours (prices start at $35 per 24hrs). We cycled four routes stopping off where something fun took our fancy:
    1. Aquarium- along the Charles River Reservation- MIT…
    … Stopping at Massachusetts Avenue Bridge to take in the view of the Boston skyline.
    2. MIT – along Massachusetts Avenue- Harvard Square…
    …Stopping at Harvard Yard for ice cream while basking in the sun of the historic university grounds.
    3. Harvard Square – along the Emerald Necklace bike path (Back Bay Fens section) – Longwood Medical Area…
    … Stopping at the rose garden (see earlier post) and Harvard Medical School.
    4. Longwood Medical Area – along the Emerald Necklace bike path (Brookline section) – Jamaica Pond…
    … Stopping at the boat house by Jamaica Pond to watch the swans on the water.
  • Wander around the Italian Quarter in the North End and dine at Nico’s where violent gangster movies are screened during dinner!
  • Nip into Matt Murphy’s at Brookline Village for a night-cap.


  • Walk through the Boston Public Gardens
  • Grab lunch at the Parish Cafe on Boylston Street where the best sandwiches in Boston are served.
  • Paddle in the water at Revere beach while eating ice cream

Revere Beach