|Brattleboro Retreat Trails: inspiration for a current painting in progress and possibly one of my many transient studios|
Now a new resident of Brattleboro, it's time to explore and to see where this great town and area will help me discover and realize. I am enamored by the absolute kindness and welcome that I have personally felt here so far. Here's something that I love: This afternoon I went exploring into back winding roads of West Brattleboro and I parked into someone's overgrown farm pasture gate, so that I could draw. I did wonder if I should be there, knowing it was someone's private property. After about 10 minutes there a woman walked down to me kindly introduced herself. When I then asked her if it was okay for me to be there, she repeatedly THANKED me for simply choosing her property to draw. She was delighted, and as she left she turned back and and invited me to come back in the fall to her and her husband's property, while they were away to pick apples. "Please, pick as many apples as you would like--we are not here to enjoy them" Really? I so love Vermont.