Category Archives: Carding Chronicles

Short stories about Carding, Vermont

Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie

Edie Wolfe just got back from a morning walk with her dog, Nearly.
Goldie sleeping 7-7-14 for web
She gets asked about his name all the time, and this morning was no exception when a Joey (tourist) stopped her just outside the Crow Town Bakery when she called Nearly’s name.

“Well, my last name is Wolfe,” she explained. “So my little friend is Nearly Wolfe.”

Blank look.

“You know, all dogs are descended from wolves so they are all ‘nearly wolves,'” she said.

A small spark of comprehension glimmered in the eyes of her listener.

“And it’s also my homage to one of my favorite series of detective novels, Nero Wolfe,” she said.

“Oh, I saw that show on YouTube,” the man said, now thoroughly satisfied. “Now I see.”

And he walked off.

The dog looked up at the woman at the opposite end of his leash. Edie shook her head. “I doubt that,” she said and they walked on to the post office to pick up the day’s mail.

Strawberry Season!!

Strawberries-2 flats-2014Some folks may think that the 4th of July is THE American holiday for apple pie.

But here in Carding, we know that’s absurd because the first apples are a good eight weeks away.

Nope, one of the annual treks from here is to visit the cool folks (Ann and Pooh Sprague) who own Edgewater Farm in Plainfieild, NH.

It’s a bit of a ride but they have great strawberries and a farm stand and greenhouses and…and…hmmm…

I hear a strawberry shortcake calling my name.

Sorry, gotta go.

The Path Is Reopened

The Carding Campgrounds were badly damaged by Hurricane Irene. Nearly three years later, the worst destruction has been cleared away, and the damage to individual houses repaired.
Beginning of path for web

But the walking trails, covered by two feet or more of silt washed down by the Corvus River, had remained closed because there hasn’t been time to reopen them.

Until now. Last weekend, a troupe of workers with mowers and clippers reopened the main trail through to Royal Buchanen Road as well as some of the feeder trails.

We all marveled at the way some of the ancient plants—horse tail, fiddlehead ferns, and willow—have flourished. While invasives such as the dreaded Japanese knotweed and stinging nettle have spread.

But the paths are reopened. Hooray.

Hummer of the Summer

The woodworking teacher at the Carding Academy of Traditional Arts, J.C. Davis, is also a photographer and something of a bird watcher when he gets the chance.
Hummer of summer for web

He spent a recent afternoon shooting high speed pictures of hummingbirds around a feeder. Even at 1/400 of a second, their wings are a blur.

This little guy is getting ready to imbibe.