Old Meets New

This is a mix of the old and then new. A modern bridge for a multi-use recreational trail sits upon the granite foundation of a former railroad bridge.    Look at how small the road under the bridge is.  This was once a road used to go across the hills to neighboring communities by foot or horse.  Today, cars and trucks use the state roads nearby.  This road is for snowmobilers,  mountain bikers, and hikers.

Abandoned New Hampshire – Granite Pool

Yesterday, this blog featured the abandoned Hayden’s Quarry and the family camp nearby. Believe it or not, this was their swimming pool. It sits on a stream and has a granite wall and dam at either end. One of the long sides is comprised of the railroad bed and the other is granite lined. It’s about 100 yards long and according to our local history book was built as a swimming pool for the Hayden family. Based on its construction, I originally thought it was a millpond of some sort. I guess that when your father owns a granite quarry, a granite swimming pool is not out of the question. The image below shows the granite work at one end and a modern wooden bridge crossing it.

Abandoned New Hampshire

About a mile from our home in Brookline, NH, is an old rail line that is now a recreational trail. Following it, you’ll come to a small body of water. (More on that another day.) On the other side of the pond, you can barely see a cabin through the trees. A small wooden bridge takes you across the dam to the cabin pictured above. There are no windows and the door looks a little drafty. The back of the chimney has these double doors and a few other features to function as a cookstove. Beyond the cabin and up a narrow road are the remnants of Hayden’s Quarry. You can barely discern the granite walls through the foliage. A pile of waste granite off to one side is the best indicator of this place’s purpose. Granite was hewn from the walls, hauled by teams of oxen to railcars, and then transported to Boston and points beyond.

Today, all of this is conservation land free for all to explore.

For a video tour of the cabin, click here.

Spring in the Orchard

Despite all of the disruptions in our lives, nature is still keeping its usual rhythms. It’s the middle of May. Around here, that means the apple trees are blooming. Nature is not on a delay or in any way altered. It is simply moving on according to plan. In some ways, that’s refreshing because we can enjoy watching the natural world as it moves according to its plan.

The last picture you see shows beehives brought in to pollinate all of these apple blossoms. (We help nature out a bit.)

These images were made at Lull Farms in Hollis, NH. Their farm stand is definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area.

Thank You COVID Warriors

We updated our scarecrow this week. We wanted a way to thank everyone who is helping during the coronavirus crisis. That certainly involves the healthcare workers, but there are so many other people who are working hard to keep us healthy, care for our sick, and make sure that life is able to go on. How do we thank them all? We found a similar sign on the internet and used it for our salute to the COVID Warriors.