We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A snap of the Billings Farm in Woodstock. Yes, it's a museum farm, but they do a good job with their Jersey cows. Are mixed farms museums now?
My pal and I stole a couple of apples off their trees from over the fence during a morning hike last weekend: very good Macintosh apples - cold and crisp and spicey at 7 am. (This free ad is our in-kind payment.)
That's their cornfield in the background, and some hayfields behind that.
I thought to myself that no real farmer and orchard-keeper would have such meticulous lawns around their apple trees:
Meticulous lawns befitting a Rockefeller. Right, BD, it's just a little too perfect to get the idea of a real working dairy farm. I can remember milk in bottles coming from this dairy when I was a kid in the '50's. Telephone number was 3 digits as I recall, you rang up central to reach the number in those days.
Woodstock is is just a little too idyllic, just a little too perfect. The local PD generates traffic violation fine $$$ from unsuspecting tourists and truckers to put a sleepy southern town to shame. And don't even think about building anything here, it will never live up to the local zoning. Personally, I think Saratoga Springs NY is much more delightful in every way as a vacation place. And it is NY, not New England, which I see too much of most of the time.
Vermont was/still is considerably behind the rest of the country in catching up with the 20th C. and a majority it seems would like to keep it that way in terms of economic growth. But VT is at a crossroads with serious budget problems that will require major re-thinking of the state's fiscal, education, regulatory and economic growth policies.
See www.vermonttiger.com for a serious discussion of the crisis facing the state - you won't find it in the mainstream media who still trumpet the left liberal line. But those days are over, they just don't realize it yet and remain in denial. Many Tigers believe that a Democrat governor in 2010, along with a re-elected far left legislature, will finally push the state over the edge by 2012 and perhaps then the sane people can start putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Manicured grass indeed. I'll bet those trees were sprayed to prevent black spot and a bit of Guthion for other pests. Hope you liked the apple.
Orchard grass is grown to keep the fungus from coming up from the ground during rain storms. Nise and tall, shelters the roots during a drought too. Mow short and clean up in the late fall to keep the mice away from the bark, they'll kill trees.
This is a flatlander farm.
gmp, VW says HI.