When people think of Vermont, they may picture skiing and sipping hot toddies by the fire; you know, the classic White Christmas scene. Or, they may think of “Postcard Vermont” with fall foliage and cows dotting the countryside. What they don’t think about are the in-between seasons when one big thing has almost finished and the next has yet to begin. This is when you get Vermont in all her glory; not an artist’s rendition, but the reality. This is why I love living here.
Like now, for instance. Summer is starting to leave, but we’re definitely not into fall. Maybe a few trees are starting to change color, but no one’s making postcards of a mostly green tree. The days are still warm, not quite swimming weather, but it’s good for hiking. As an added bonus, the blackflies have gone (although there is a Blackfly Festival in Adamant every year, so maybe they know something we don’t). This is kick-back-on-the-porch-with-your-friends-and-watch-the-neighborhood-go-by weather.
And while this all may sound very relaxed, don’t be fooled. There is an underlying sense of getting ready to get down to business. We may go to the fairs and ride the rides, but we also stop and look at the pellet and wood stoves. Evenings and weekends are taken up pulling vegetables out of the garden and then canning or freezing them. I myself have been looking around our house and making mental notes on what needs to get done before the temperature drops—fixing the window in the basement, deciding if any shrubs need to get cut back, and trying to decide what to use to weatherize the front door. It may sound onerous, but really, I find it exciting. I like the anticipation of the change in weather. While I’m looking forward to fall foliage and then winter, I’m not quite set to let go of summer. I can make plans for everything I want to get done (and hopefully will) before we get some frosts, I can still have a few more barbeques and ride the ferris wheel at the fair.
Property vocabulary of the week: Acre. Before we bought our house, I had no clue how big a ¼ acre lot was compared to a ½ acre lot, except that it was half the size. So, here’s visual to help give you a rough idea how big an acre is. An acre, mathematically, is 43,560 sq ft. An NFL football field (without the end zones) is 160′ x 300′ ft, which equals 48,000 sq ft. So, an acre would be just past the 90 yard line. A quarter acre is 10,890 sq ft or just past the 22nd yard line. To give you an idea of how much an acre cost, it will vary by town, check Pall Spera Company Realtors