OK, I know I have posted a lot today, but I have been away from my blog for a while and I have catching up to do :).
Lovely Things on Google Earth
This is neat! Chris spends a lot of time looking at satellite images for his work, and he also enjoys looking at aerial photography in his spare time so he has downloaded the free version of Google Earth (even I think this is a cool program). Anyway, he recently plotted my blog posts about New England. Now you can go here to see the locations in my scenic drive tour via aerial photos (you don’t need to download Google Earth to see them). He is currently working on his own tour of New England via Google Earth, which is why he put my locations on there. When he is finished with his tour I will post it too!
“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it”
Mending Wall, Robert Frost
I am a huge Robert Frost fan, but I will have to disagree with his views on New England stone walls; I love them! Now that we have lived away from New England for a while, we always notice the stone walls when we return for visits. In the quiet corner of Connecticut, there are stone walls everywhere. Almost everyone has a stone wall on their property it seems. Some are fancy, some are simply piles of stones in a line. All are beautiful.
The early settlers needed to clear the stone laden land for farming so they used all of the stones for boundary markers. For this reason, there are endless stone walls everywhere that have been there for hundreds of years. And more stones are constantly appearing. The heavy frosts push the stones to the surface, so there are always more stones laying around. On our recent visit we even saw a huge heap of stones waiting to be hauled away from a construction site.
Needless to say, plenty of people take the stone walls for granted there. Some people are even dismantling stone walls to sell them, my mom told me (this is considered a big no-no to historical preservationists). People who want a fancier wall often have the old pile-type walls put together in a nicer way by professionals.
Anyway, I never really thought too much about the walls until recently. Chris and I have all kinds of landscaping we’d like to do around our yard, but as is turns out, stones are quite expensive here. And nice stones are hard to come by (they don’t even have frost heaves around here either, which is good). So I guess what I’m trying to say is this: Never take for granted the lovely things in your everyday life! Here’s a photo that I took last Thanksgiving of my gorgeous little sis with my parents’ stone wall in the background .
**Warning: The Following News is NOT Lovely!**
I am currently without my camera!!!! This is very distressing to me, as I take many photos on an almost daily basis. It appears that there is something wrong with the display, so I had to send it to Cannon today be looked at by the camera fixing people. I hope they can fix it quickly and for free and send it back to me ASAP! But there is one lovely thing: all of this happened after our trip to CT was already over!