Warning politics Wednesday, Jan 13 2016 

You have to put up with it once in awhile.

This song came into my head this morning, what with the announcement that GE is leaving the state.  The circumstances aren’t quite as bad, the writing has been on the wall a lot longer, and the pull out will take a lot longer; but GE was an icon of Connecticut’s manufacturing sector, in much the same way that SYSCO was in Cape Breton.  And for all that Connecticut’s industry is but a shadow of itself, there are a lot of proud people and proud companies making some very interesting products still (look up Aerospace Alley, also known as aerospace components for another, non-GE example).  So this is for them, a bit of angry sympathy out of PEI.


Forgotten Road Thursday, Nov 19 2015 

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Evening Fire Wednesday, Oct 28 2015 

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Walking in the woods Thursday, Oct 22 2015 

The pin is that way over there, in those trees, we hope….

It looks dry (except that is all cat tail and sedge, which is ample warning)

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Well maybe it is in the next set of trees? We’ll be taking the long way for this one!

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It certainly is pretty! One would never guess that these were taken in a fairly densely settled town. While a largely natural, beaver built marsh; the deep ponds of water between fingers of land at the upper (supposedly narrow, stream channel end) came as a surprise. (The official wetland map is all wet); I think they were created by quarrying for clay by some industrious person. If we can keep the Phragmite Reeds* at bay, this property will stay this way, which is nice. And due, entirely, to the generous decision of one man and a local land trust.

*Those would be those marsh reeds you see Everywhere. They aren’t native. They are at the downstream end of this property unfortunately, which means they will be a problem for the land trust. You can see them on the right of the photograph here.  (we gave up on this line)

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Connecticut Thursday, Oct 15 2015 

is not flat!

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Yes, off to the right is water. Yes, I ended up down by it. Then I wandered over and climbed up and down the other side. Apparently, I am in better shape than I thought I was.

(I cheated, I drove around to the other side to do that bit!)

Fall river Monday, Oct 5 2015 


West branch of the Farmington, at the location of an old mill pond, now an excellent fishing spot.

For something totally different Wednesday, Sep 2 2015 

But nearby….

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The glacier met an immovable object here… Connecticut doesn’t have cliffs really, but it does have odd, surprisingly solid chunks of rock that stick up in the forest. Now quite often, you climb to the top and you still only see trees, though in this case if I turned the other way the view is rather nice, which can be a bit frustrating. But the trees are nice trees

Classic Connecticut July Friday, Jul 10 2015 


The hay is being cut as I write this.

A short walk Monday, Mar 2 2015 


Please note the buried chair….


I should Not be eye to eye with top crossbar of the pergola….


That fence is 4 plus feet tall….


Hey! I found the driveway!!

Cat in a room of rocking chairs Wednesday, Nov 12 2014 

Otherwise known as feeling twitchy. If I was an animal, it would be a highly territorial one.

Those of you with a passing knowledge of Connecticut may have heard of the long running arguments over trees vs roads. There is a sizable faction in the state DOT, backed by the ever whimsical voter, who yowls for clear cuts 100 feet back from Either side of the road. On the pretext that then the power will never go out and people will never die.  Or at least not die from the physics of tree plus car.  This conveniently ignores a number of things, not least the fact that the DOT only owns 25 feet to either side of the road.  In some places they have done a fifty foot cut, without any particular consultation.

They like cutting trees and they have been making money from cutting the trees.  Which is laudable, better than chipping them, and I completely understand the need for proper maintenance.  But it makes me twitchy. Those seventy-five feet contain some very nice, very large oak, pine, and spruce here.  And they do not belong to the state.

So the appearance of a bright orange ribbon and arrow? Twitchy. Nothing in the woods is marked, but it means something and I don’t know what. Except what I have seen in other areas.

Funny how there is no contact number for general inquiries, just the classic drop-down box form, without a category about trees.

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