“I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.”

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

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A Visit from the Tree Guy

A Visit from the Tree Guy

The single sugar maple tree in my back yard — for some weeks clearly stressed — is a lost cause, says the tree guy, and is soon to be a pile of wood for autumn bonfires. Acer S., the tree guy notes… Acer saccharum. We have other maples… Red...
After the Storm: Vermont in Irene’s Wake

After the Storm: Vermont in Irene’s Wake

So it turns out that Irene wasn’t the “Storm of the Century” for folks on the Atlantic Seaboard — beach town and megapolis alike were spared the brunt of Irene’s wrath — but rural Vermont wasn’t so lucky. Torrential rains...
Sugaring Season in Vermont

Sugaring Season in Vermont

Driving around Vermont this time of year you’re sure to see the telltale blooms of steam billowing from hilltop sugar houses… Vermont’s surest sign that we’re at the muddy intersection between a long, snowy winter and spring greening. I suspect...
White on White (on Red)

White on White (on Red)

Local news: an untold billion crystalline paratroopers cast their downy way down, whirling, twirling, tumbling to land — gently — on roofs and posts and caps and the occasional expectant, outthrust tongue. It’s winter… it should by god snow....
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