Unexpected Delights

One of my favorite delights of living in New England is the unexpected discoveries that happen while meandering about in the countryside. You just never know what will be around the next bend, down that unknown dirt road, over the next hill. Just last weekend, it was the sight of a home and adjacent building covered in traditional snowshoes. I did a quick u-turn to find out more.


We talked with the owner of all the snowshoes, and he is a researcher and cataloger of traditional snowshoes. In fact, he's written a book on the subject! After he's studied them and taken all the notes he needs to, he sells them...just propped up outside his home and hanging from his buildings.

Truly, that is one of the BEST things about living in New England. Down quiet country lanes, at any point in time, and in the most unexpected places, one is apt to find extraordinary people intelligently and humbly studying and practicing beautiful craft. I once saw a small wooden sign on a dirt road that said "Violin Maker" with an arrow pointing the direction to take. I've seen one that said "Weaver" too. Beautiful symbols of how uniquely gifted people are and how they live quiet and precious lives.

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  1. The northwest portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula is also like that. Lots of back roads that can take you to interesting people, views, and places. Not to the same degree as New England, but in some similar ways.

    If only more people had the freedom to live lives like that. How much better our country would be for it.

    Sallie

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    1. I've been hearing such great things about Michigan lately! I really should spend more time there sometime.
      Yes, I completely agree. Country life and quiet pursuits and study need to be more highly appreciated than they are.

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  2. Kate, I too am both fascinated and amazed by similar "unexpected delights." My experiences with these have occurred when visiting a dear childhood friend who has lived in the same mid-coast Maine community since she married almost 50 years ago. Pattering along with her, I have met artisans each with their unique spin on a talent and, equally note-worthy, the quiet, confident manner in which they market their products whether it be in a little shop at home, in a barn, a rented store space, restaurant, or within a seasonal market stall. Creative enterprising at its best.

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    1. Well said, Linda! You have captured the way of things perfectly! It's a beautiful thing!

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