I have been travelling through small towns and villages along the Vermont / Massachusetts border photographing anything of interest, of which there are many. As I talk to various people I found that there is always a fascinating story behind each person and so I decided to capture both the photos and stories in a new book planned to be published when it is completed. Needless to say it will probably never be completely finished but certainly Volume 1 will be along sometime. In the meanwhile you can have a look at my other publications here.
I’ve seemed to have settled on the the title: Small Town Life on the Vermont/Massachusetts Border.
Other titles that i have mused about and rejected included:
- TRAVELLING WITH BETSY ALONG THE MASSACHUSETTS/VERMONT BORDER
- Betsy is my BMW , so there’ll be a photo of the car in the beginning, probably the two of us together. I hope no one will recognize I’m stealing from John Steinbeck’s TRAVELS WITH CHARLIE. oops too late.
- A GAMBOL THROUGH TOWNS FROM NORTH ADAMS TO BRATTLEBORO
- LIFE IN SMALL TOWN NEW ENGLAND
- SMALL TOWN NEW ENGLAND FROM BRATTLEBORO TO NORTH ADAMS
My latest visitation was to the Adams farm in Wilmington Vermont. Kip, who runs the farm now, took me to meet his parents, Sharon and Bill. Bill was relaxing in a chair in his farm overalls. Sharon, his wife, was a real beauty with her white hair and smiling disposition. I asked her what she did for the farm. “Nothing I can’t get away with,” she replied. Right then I knew I liked her.
I asked Bill if the farm, which started after the Civil war, was handed down father to son. “No, absolutely not. It was SOLD to the son!!!” After that I was taken on a tour of the animals: emus, a lama and an alpaca, hundreds of chickens and a strutting rooster, a pig with new born piglets, sheep, beef cattle, rabbits and more. Emerging from a hot area in a pen were two 2-day old lambs tentatively walking on shaky legs. Before I left, Bill asked me if I knew why horses stood head to tail with each other. TO KEEP THE FLIES OFF!
New Born Lambs