Rowe - Where the air is clean, it's so quiet at night in the winter your ears hurt from listening so intently. The nights are completely dark except for the stars - millions of them. The smells are of nature, earthy, warm. The winters may be longer, the snow deeper, the house much colder but the trade is exhaust, the sound of cars, planes landing over your house and so much light pollution that you only see the major stars. I'll take Rowe any day and some day I will be there for good.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Burn Baby Burn
I love how the daffodils from compost heaps past
keep on coming up. Look close - they're everywhere.
Decided to take the last two weekends in April to clear
another area in the back forty.
This pile included part of a huge old apple tree.
Bill pushed it all together. Two days later there was
nothing but ash.
Yusuf came up to help this past Saturday. Bill gave him
some pointers on the fine art of using a chain saw.
Then they split what they'd cut.
I put up some pea fence.
They continued to split. It's nice to have the
help of a young back.
Later we met friends at the Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley.
This is what it's all about.
Visiting Tammy at the bar.
Then to Ollie's across the street for dinner.
Yusuf trying out what turned out to be HIS new espresso machine.
Sunday started burning a new pile and cleaning out
all of the trees and shrubs to the stone wall.
Burn, burn, burn.
We stayed til Monday because we just had to take
advantage of burn season.
We cleared to the wall on the other side of the road entrance.
The only thing left there now is an old, old apple tree.
The dogs love it here.
Here's a view of the whole spot. Difficult to judge
unless you've spent some time here but it really feels
good to see where the old pasture once was.
This is the view from the new clearing.
The one thing I can say about doing this is that I
still haven't quite recovered from working that
hard over a period of 2 days. I'm sure I will go up
this weekend, sit in one of the Adirondack chairs and