Monday, August 2, 2010

Summer in August

Well, the summer is wearing on as I write. Friday, August 6th, Sylus and I may be up at the orchard to focus on activating the electric fence. It has not been working for the past two years because of all of the changes in the orchard. Once that little task is complete, all the upgrades to the system will be finished........thank God! My hope is that the backup water tank will carry us over during the really dry time and that all the trees will have the ample water supply that they need. Pictured here is the bride across the creek that separates our cabin from the west section of the parcel where Matt and Charlie have their dwelling. Keep ya posted!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Orchard House

We visited the home where Louisa May Alcott wrote "Little Women". It was purchased by her father Bronsen Alcott and was about ten acres with an orchard of apples. Though the four main family sisters who were characters in this book never actually all lived in the home, the story is based upon this particular home. The apples did serve as one source of income until the successful publishing of the book, which generated an abundance of income for the extended family. As we toured the home it was easy to put myself in the place of this family, all of whom were quite creative. In the parlor, there were frequent visits from Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Thoreau who both lived in nearby Concord. Waldon Pond is about a mile from Orchard House. While visiting I also had the assurance that my apples were being daily watered on the west coast, and that upon my return, I would see the development of the crop to the next stages of growth. It is amazing to be able to have such a variety of experiences.