The recent snow has left Bostonians disinclined to leave the house (except perhaps to go toss a lawn chair into a shoveled parking space) so I have turned to two out-of-state writers for a view of Boston’s changing landscape.

Alan Bennet Ilagan, who lives in a winter landscape even more dreary than Boston (Albany, New York) has posted intriguing pictures of the Boston Common on his site. Ilagan married his beau on the Common last year, and he’s fond of the place—even when it’s covered in slush.

To the north, the Down East Dilettante, an antiques dealer in Maine, has posted a brief illustrated history of Faulkner Farm, better known today as Allandale Farm. The pictures of the land’s transformations over the past 100 years are fascinating. The grand estate built by the Sprague family in 1896 persists; you can still see the garden terrace and casino building from above on Google Maps.

After all – you don’t *really* want to go outside today, do you?