Today’s post comes from northern Vermont.
It considers houses and homes on the edges of the roads.
Not the fancy houses, not the mansions, not the castles on top of the hills.
But the places on the borders, the verges, the limits, the margins.
These houses and homes are tiny to modest in size.
Some look barely lived in.
Some places may be tiny, but are well lived-in.
Some places look like the edge of abandonment.
In northern New England, where winter’s rule can be harsh, houses are often close to the road.
Why close to the road?
Many of these houses were built before the automobile, when winter travel required major effort. To have your house a minimum distance from the highway? Ubetcha: Minimum distance equals minimum effort required. It made sense to live on the margin, and not off on some scenic height. “View” was not a house-siting priority, the way it often is today.
The details of these places say a lot. This house says “able-bodied and hardworking”.
The margin is the edge, or a place close to the edge. The margin can be literal, as in “the house by the side of the road”.
But the “margin” can be figurative, as in being close to the limit of profitability or viability.
Or in, “making it by a hair”.
I seldom use larger-definition photo files in the tompostpile, for economy’s sake, but for this final photo I have made an exception.
Try expanding the picture, to explore…see what you can find, think of the interests indicated or skills neccessary for each thing you see.
Thanks for visiting Marginalia, Vermont.