Said and Done

Said & Done: Our New Hampshire hostel

Sunday, January 31, 2016

On April Fool’s Day in 1942 New Hampshire went to bed under a blanket of snow three feet deep. The next day spring reasserted itself. Residents who had taken to the outdoors for last-chance winter play lost pounds in perspiration under a revitalized sun. Within 48 hours the snow was gone. Robins were abroad playing king of the hill. In New England this kind of meteorological tomfoolery never comes as … 0

Said & Done: Birding on Bald Mountain and beyond

Sunday, January 3, 2016

When old Lawrence Gale owned a working farm on Bald Mountain Road in Bernardston, you could get up mornings to hear bobwhites whistling to each other in the weeds. Interstate 91 had not come at that time to cut up the valley and annihilate the ground cover that hid these birds from interested … 0

Said & Done: Paul's 'troika' Thanksgiving

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Nobody in these parts has ever seen a “troika.” New Englanders with memories can conjure up pictures of horse teams of two: Harry and Tom in harness hauling a wagon or a sled. Even today, in these rural parts we occasionally see teams in action along our country roads. But a troika, three horses abreast, is a Russian thing, never seen in our … 0

Said & Done: Giving lady anglers their due

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The word “women” should have come before “worms” and “world records.” We found “worms” without difficulty, but search as we would, we uncovered nothing under “women.” Our encyclopedia, a massive collection of fishing facts, was published before the … 0

Said & Done: Rascals like us never looked back

Thursday, May 1, 2014

It was the Devil that made us do it. I refer to the fact that when the spring mood was on us, we skipped school. The funny part of it was the Devil really did have us by the tail, coercing us down the path to perdition — … 0

Said & Done: Who has ever seen the wind?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling The wind is passing through. Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I. But when the trees bow down their heads The … 0

Said and Done: Lollygagging was not Mabel's way

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

This is a Valentine’s remembrance for a lady no longer here. She is worth remembering. Mabel always wore widow’s weeds. There was no need for it. She had never lost a husband, for she had never married. We often saw her, dressed in black from head to toe, … 0

Said & Done: We have missed something

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Possum sitting on a hick’ry limb Hie-away, hie-away home. The buckshot makes short work of him — Hie-away, hie-away home. Put him on a spit and roast him sweet, And then he’s fit for a king to eat. … 0

Said & Done: Water water everywhere, but how do you supply a naval vessel with some to drink?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A letter has come here from a Boston correspondent who reports he found a recent Recorder Thanksgiving issue especially good reading. He noted that he, like so many county veterans, celebrated more than one Thanksgiving away from home during military duty days. He wondered then, and still wonders, … 0

Speaking of Nature: In deeper reverence, praise

Thursday, November 7, 2013

“We plow the fields and scatter The good seed on the land. And it is fed and watered By God’s almighty hand. He sends the snow in winter The warmth to swell the grain, The breezes and the … 0

Birders ... in a limited sense

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Three pileated woodpeckers flew in a column tracing capital in their undulating flight. One pileated woodpecker at a time is a fair rarity, three is a bonus. That sighting was made several years ago in the course of a hike in Vermont. it was in the fall when … 0

Said and Done 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Said & Done Paul Seamans We plow the fields and scatter The good seed on the land. And it is fed and watered By God’s almighty hand. He sends the snow in winter The warmth to swell the grain, The breezes and the sunshine And soft refreshing rain. … 0

Woodchucks: A cautionary tale

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Charlie Weeks, our New Hampshire neighbor, boasted one year that he had shot and killed more than 50 woodchucks that were stealing from his vegetable garden. Our faith in Charlie’s honesty thinned when Charlie added that he cooked and ate the animals that were robbing him. We have … 0

That bull, he’d seen it all before

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The first time we went to a county fair, we had a dollar to spend. Just what we spent it on, I don’t remember. I do remember that one of us spent a dime on a “chance” and it paid off. I have other memories of that fair, … 0

Said & Done: Life and foxes

Friday, September 6, 2013

The other day I ran over a chipmunk. It was not a small tragedy. It cost the animal its life. It has caused me considerable anguish. I still feel bad about it. I suppose you could say I hadn’t so much run over the chipmunk is that it … 0