The landscape of Route 26 is changing. The house that was built by Irving and Hilda Brown in the 1950s is now gone. When my Uncle Irving died last year the house was sold. The Bethel Fire Department used the house in a training exercise on Sunday, Oct. 27, and then razed the structure. When I was growing up, Uncle Irving and Aunt Hilda’s home was a popular gathering spot. Their children, David, Kathy, Suki, and Bob, had many friends. Many of us spent a lot of time sitting in Aunt Hilda’s kitchen drinking tea and eating gingersnaps and cupcakes. Those memories will always stay in the photograph album of my mind.
This weekend I planted the lupine seeds that I harvested a few months ago from my mother’s garden. When the blossoms went to seed I tied nylon stockings around the plants to catch the seeds. When the pods dried I cut the stalks and stored them in the shed. The result: hundreds of seeds. Traditional gardeners say that the seeds must be planted in the fall because they will not germinate unless they freeze in the winter. I scattered these seeds along the banks in front of our house. When the road crews repaired Route 26 in July, they tore out dozens of lupine plants that we had spent years pampering. Hopefully, new plants will blossom next spring.
On Saturday, I went to the clean-up day at Riverside Cemetery. When I arrived most of the work was done. I had the task of collecting the water jugs, which meant I got to walk through the cemetery. Although many of the water jugs were filled with ice, there were geraniums and chrysanthemums on the graves that were still in hardy bloom. The frost has been erratic where it strikes.
I was saddened to hear that someone robbed Swain’s farm stand last week. Traditionally farmers here have trusted their neighbors to purchase produce, leaving the correct amount of money. Hopefully, that tradition can continue. Some of the local farm stands are still open. We can show our support for locally grown produce by patronizing them. Still available: pumpkins, squash, potatoes, carrots, beets, apples, maple syrup.
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