We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Litchfield County is the quaintest, best-preserved antique corner of Connecticut. The area was well-settled in the early 1700s and, judging by the size and style of all of the old farmhouses, these were prosperous farmers.
In this area, most of the old farms have been converted to weekend estates for the 1%. The antique places are perfectly-maintained. Old barns everywhere, still looking good. Thanks for all that charm and beauty, 1%ers.
We went over there and took a drive through Southbury, Woodbury, Washington, and Washington Depot. Nice. We were en route to see the Hollister House Gardens in Washington (good pics on their site). Mrs. BD wanted to check it out and to maybe get some garden inspiration.
The garden "rooms" are strongly architectural with walls and hedges, lots of stone, while the plantings are a jumble - or maybe not - probably a well-planned jumble. Engish-style gardens, the sorts of gardens my Mom aspired to. It's the owner's life work.
We had an early supper at the GW Tavern. Good fish. Too much food. I'd put the place in the "Stuff-and-Waddle" category of restaurant, what my sister calls "Sticky Bun restaurants."
My pics of the garden below the fold might or might not inspire your gardening -
Always interesting to see someone's view on my home!. My town, unfortunately, is right at the edge of Litchfield County, so houses have sprouted all around on our old farmland. My home, well it was an odd hybrid of the nineteenth century farmers and intellectuals. It's the sort that was copied by all those 1%. Still hanging on by our fingernails.
I'm glad to see that Hollister house has gotten around to doing some work on the actual house. It needed paint when I was there last.
I favor a little further North, as our place is in Cornwall. There is a stark difference between Kent/Litchfield/Sharon/Lakeville/Salisbury and Goshen/Cornwall/Norfolk/Canaan/Falls Village. The former have perfectly maintained lawns and clubs and gourmet restaurants, while we prefer things a little more naturally agricultural. Torrington and North Canaan are actually quite run-down. Do try the Arethusa Dairy store and Arethusa al Tavolo in Bantam (just past Litchfield on 202). Fantastic cheese.
At any rate, my favorite part of the world. Cool nights up where we are (~1000 ft) even in July and August.
Forebearers were among the earliest settlers of Litchfield County. Always a treat to go back and visit; particularly the area in Hall Meadow, north of Torrington. The old cemetery there is the resting place of ancestors and my father's ashes.