First Killdeer Today. Noisy Arrival of Spring

Some people wait for the robins, some for the red winged blackbirds, some for the first turkey vultures wheeling about in the sky.  I know it is spring when the first killdeer shows up in my field.  You can’t miss the killdeers.  They are about as noisy as they come. Even their latin name, charadrius […]

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Winter’s Last Gossip Columns in the Snow

We had two day of blizzards, temperatures in the minus double digits and a massive pileup of cars and tractor trailers on the highway due to the vengeful return of winter. Now the sun is out, warming us through the windows and bouncing off the blindingly white snow as though nothing happened.  My passive solar […]

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Summer Birds Back in Time for the Deep Freeze

February thawed us out.  The month almost broke records for breaking records. Shorts and patio weather near Valentine’s day. Rain, mud, swelling buds, emerging insects, hints of green grass.  Did it make the summer birds rush back?  Who knows.  Perhaps the first ones seen are the keeners, the jump-the-gun pairs racing north to grab the […]

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The Big Thaw. When We Should Be Shivering

It’s February.  We had snow, we had ice, we had wind and now, suddenly the temperature has shot up.  Nine degrees Celsius, 11C, now 14C. It might as well be April. In a week going from bucking the car through snow to slopping through puddles and squidgy soft mud.  The maple syrup has started running […]

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New England Vampire Panic, A Tale We Can’t Pass Up

A poke through the internet looking up, say, best prices on a vampire killing kit for a safe vacation, lets one stumble upon the most curious information.  This time about  the great New England vampire panic of the 1800s. Vampirish beliefs have been around since the dawn of time and New England did not escape. […]

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Positively the Last Word About the Road. Until Spring.

I thought I was finished with the road paving project but I’ll have to mention those annoying little leftovers after the road was paved. The dump truck came, the crew marched along picking up the road markers, the construction signs and the bright turquoise portable toilet. Done, I thought, but no.  A hike down the […]

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Road Paving Finished at Last. For Now.

After the pavement in front of the house was done, the machines disappeared far down the road and busied themselves on a stretch out of my sight.  Finally hiked down after the crews had gone home.  Ooooh, the paving machine had gone off its game for a quarter mile.  Heavy tires had sunk through the […]

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Asphalt Time. Weather Warms. Paving Finally Begins.

After a week of snow and cold, the weather gods relented.  The sun came out. The road crew reappeared.  I wonder if they enjoyed a week of leisure with their feet up before getting the call again. Something tells me not likely. Anyway, once again the pickup trucks pulled in before dawn and the crew […]

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Winter’s First Strike. Paving Screeches to a Halt

With the road all ground up and flattened and graded gravelly smooth on a Friday afternoon, it seemed a sure thing for the asphalt to start going on top Monday morning. After all, Friday was almost 14C and the construction guys were going about in shirt sleeves. Ha!  Not so. Over the weekend the temperature […]

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Bye, Bye Old Pavement. Orange Monster Will Eat You Up

For a quick education in how an old road is made ready for the new, I just had to look out the window. The massive orange monster pulled out and lumbered on up the road toward the beginning, I presume, of the work stretch.  Later in the day, I began to hear a rumbling. Then […]

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