|Mt. Katadhin (not the new home, but gorgeous still)|
Such amazing color!
Farmington is a small town with a population of about 7,760 (2010), but it boasts a great deal of activity with the University commanding a high profile in the town and a busy and robust downtown (OK, so "downtown" is only a couple blocks long!). But it's the people of this little town that drew Dave and I here. They are warm, open, inviting and excited to have us moving into their village. There is a diverse group of folks up here; some old hippies who moved here in the '70's and never left, carving a niche out of these hills for themselves and continuing to show up in town looking like .. well, old hippies. There are white collar business people who are dressed in suits and ties and, before the snow, dresses and high heels and students bustling to and from classes. There is also wonderful community of fabulous artists of potters, sculptures, woodworkers, painters and photographers who have several different venues here to display their crafts.
This array of so many types of people in a small town makes for a very colorful population and diverse community!
We'll be moving into the house just before Christmas this year. As you know, I love the Christmas season of singing carols, gathering with friends and family, the festive parties and the display of lights that brighten homes as I drive the commute in the evenings. I use to find the light choices in my town of Falmouth to be a bit on the boring side; everyone had white candle lights in the windows, white lights on their shrubs, and white spot lights hitting the wreaths on the doors. I admit to having put only white lights up on my house down there too. But last year I began to bust out of this paradigm and went radical ... with colored lights!
Up here the "tasteful white lights" are few and far between. Here the people go for color! And they don't care what they put these lights on or around as long as they are visible and very colorful. To date I have seen lights strung around a bench, a large boulder (I'm not kidding), children and small dogs (I might be kidding) and what appears to be tossed up onto the roof where the lights lay in a clump ... but still very colorful. Some houses are outlined along the roof, doors and windows with wonderful colors that blink and flash and are horribly gaudy ... I love it! And there was a fascinating nativity scene that I spied as we traveled along these back roads one day. I got a glimpse of the half moon arrangement of a plastic Mary and Joseph as well as a Rudolph and Santa a caroler and what might have been an elf. And I'm not sure but I think baby Jesus might have been a reclining Frosty the Snowman ... but I could be wrong about this.
Many folks have asked me about crows. Yes, there are crows here. But there are far more raven families. Ravens are really big birds! And their call is a guttural "gawk" verses the distinctive "caw" of the crow. There is a family of crows that I hear around the new house in Farmington, but I probably won't invite them to the backyard. I'll wait until we find our acreage and build our house with fewer neighbors. If there are crows or ravens in this new place I will ask the family to adopt me then. I miss my Falmouth crows, but I hear they are well and still very much a presence in that 'hood.
In addition, there are a lot of Bald Eagles up here in these hills. I may not see them daily, but I certainly see them frequently. Usually along the river. I have yet to determine how many mated pairs we may have but I look forward to watching for them. When I do sight them I find myself gasping in awe and I will send a silent prayer to the Gods whenever I see them;
"they carry the prayers up; they hear and see the help that's needed; they see real clear man, they see almost right through you. They're looking at your soul, not your body..."
Stanford Addison, Arapahoe medicine man.
I feel I need to ask for less help these days. I feel very supported, loved and blessed. And I'm excited about starting the new year in a new home and adding my own colorful hues to this new community.
Let the next adventure begin!
Loving you all back,
|View from Mt. Abraham|