A Vermont Digression

We tend to get wrapped up in the affairs of home and domestic life. There are chores quotidian, seasonal to-do lists, the garden to tend, and all the deferred maintenance projects, which ask for attention in various ways — squeaks, whines, or just plain hollers, like the rotten porch board that has become not just squishy, but a hole.

Sometimes it’s good to get away from the hollers of daily life, and skedaddle.

We got away last week, and went to Vermont. The first of the grandchildren was graduating from high school. Of course we went!

Here is a small group of images from the trip.

We started out in rain, but outran it as we progressed to the north’ard.

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A gray day is nice for traveling. No glare.


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Speedblur blends roadside blossoms into a horizontal composition.


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I don’t know what geological events caused these middle strata, but they were big.


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Our eyes thrilled to green. I liked how the angles in the cloud layers mimicked the angles in the landforms. So zigzaggy.


We got to our destination: Montpelier. Coquina and I went for a walk


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We met a happy but silent man on a bench.


Montpelier is full of small barns and garages.

They’re going to get their own post one of these days.

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There’s usually some nice air movement in a barn door. Imagine sitting in these chars, you and a friend. On the right day, you’ll be at an olfactory crossroad. Ancient scents of wood and age will waft from inside and mingle with the smell of fresh grass and flowers.

We went to graduation.

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As the graduette  prepares to receive her diploma, an apt word and an apt sign photobomb the photo with metaphor.

After the graduation, the youngest sibling worked off energy accumulated from two hours of sitting through a ceremony.

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Editor’s note: I don’t usually saturate colors like this, but young River helped me edit and process this photo, and insisted that saturation was the right way to go. So I went.


We’re back home.

We had a wonderful time.

Those chores didn’t go away.

The tomatoes grew about four inches.

They are definitely going to need staking.

And it’s time for the first major picking of pease!



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