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.
Having grown up in rural Methuen, MA, and having family all over southern NH, I greatly appreciate these images of New England.
PS. The black vultures continue their expansion in Knox Co., OH, and now can be seen about 2 miles from our home north of Mt. Vernon. Whether they are displacing the long-resident turkey vultures or have a different niche, I don't know.
30 years ago we didn't have asters in our yard, now every spring we have a carpet of them.
You don't think those farmers built stonewalls in the middle of forests, do you?
Apparently you have reading comprehension problems, as I wrote: So NE farmland reverting to forest was a trend that didn't end in 1920.
That sentence implies knowledge of stonewall-enclosed fields having reverted back to forest, does it not?
Perhaps I need to rephrase what I wrote:
In my last visit to my NE hometown I was impressed by the number of fields - that had been fields during my childhood- that had reverted back to forest. So NE farmland reverting to forest was a trend that didn't end in 1920.
Can you find something to object to in the rewrite?
There was a field that could be reached only by crossing our property. The last time that field got mowed was in 1959- I can still remember the tractor driving through our property. I was able to see ecological succession in action during the additional two decades I was in the area. I wasn't including this former field in my previous comment, as it had reverted to forest while I was still around.
There are a number of little old settlements like that down this way. There's a section of Grassy Hill Rd. running from Lyme to East Lyme that rises to a plateau revealing a couple of old farm properties with a rural church where you'd least expect it on a back country road. The congregation does not meet there regularly but the church is well maintained and people still use it for weddings because it's such a wonderful setting.
The northeast corner of the state has some beautiful rural towns with antique homes too. A lot of these former farming communities still retain much of their bucolic feel. Exploring back roads there is a great way to spend an afternoon.