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The Smallest Things Matter

 

One of the coolest things about being a Realtor in Central Vermont is driving around all the little villages and towns on October 31st. I get to see all the little kids and their parents going from business to business and house to house trick-or-treating! My kids are all grown so this is a fun way to relive their childhood costumes. I love the home-made costumes and the store bought ones as well. The littlest ones start at 2 pm and, as dusk settles in the older kids arrive in small groups of friends. Their laughter and excitement is infectious and rejuvenating. Just another fantastic Vermont tradition that I get to enjoy every year!

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    Historic homes

      As a real estate agent in Central Vermont, I go into a lot of very old basements/cellars. They are frequently damp and a little spidery but the laid up stone foundations, painstakingly and lovingly put in place 150 or more years ago, are still functioning the way they were designed. They let ground water in and they let ground water out.   Buyers who are unaccustomed to old, historic New England homes don’t get why they can’t have a dry basement AND all the historic charm of an 1820 home. You can have it all but it might come at the cost of installing a new foundation which you might want but may not need. I guess I am just a non-apologetic lover of the old homesteads with cellars that work just fine.    

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      Autumn in Vermont

        As I walked my fur babies through the crackling of the fallen leaves last night, I smelled the sweet smell of wood smoke, undoubtedly coming from one of my neighbors’ wood stoves. Many folks get sad at this time of the year because it heralds summer’s end. I, however, find autumn to be one of the most invigorating seasons. The oncoming winter will bring cross country skiing and ice skating, a world enveloped in crisp white snow and long dark nights which present the perfect time for reading great books, playing piano, cooking hearty stews but, most importantly, connecting with family and friends around the wood stove. Of course I have a wood stove! It gives me warmth and happiness all winter long.   So, as a Realtor in Vermont, here is my advice: remember to have your wood stove and chimney (or pellet stove, fireplace, boiler or furnace) cleaned and serviced every year. Stay warm and safe every winter!    

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        Out and About in Central Vermont

        A new discovery!  With the hot summer finally upon us in fall, after a long walk at Waterbury Reservoir, we decided a cold beer sounded like just what the doctor ordered.  I'd been to the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury for dinner but never ventured to their side street addition, the Prohibition Pig Brewery.  Imagine our delight that they had an outside eatery where we could bring our dogs and delicious micro Vermont style brews.  But the "froth on the beverage" was their street tacos!  Absolutely beyond delicious with guacamole that I must admit is probably better than what I make!  I had the Carne Asada and sadly for my dog, there wasn't a bite left over! A highly recommended spot - locals and good food and beer.
         
         
         
         
         

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          Focus on Art: The Kent Museum

           

          Although Vermont is small and rural I am always amazed by the vibrant arts scene in this little state. I just went to the Kent Museum Art expo called Refuge: Vermont Artists Respond. This is a gathering of several different artists, painters, wood workers, textile artists and many more who are all using the historic Kent House to show their art. There are workshops, music, poetry and just fantastic conversations with all the visitors to this wonderful program which has a different theme and changing artists every year. Don’t miss the opportunity to drive out through the amazing foliage and stop by to take in the art work and camaraderie. It runs from September 8th to October 8th Fridays through Sundays 10 am to 5 pm. 

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            Chilling Out in Central Vermont

             

            As we transition into autumn and hit a hot spell of Indian Summer, I mourn the fact that I will soon be saying good bye to my favorite hot weather past time: jumping into crystal clear, beautiful blue green, icy cold swimming holes which are all over the place here in Central Vermont. There are so many that sometimes I choose by deciding whether I want to slide down smooth granite and get dumped into a big pot hole or to wade in slowly, walking on smooth pebbles or to frolic in the churn of a falls or jump from a cliff into a deep blue hole. All versions are fantastic and the most refreshing thing to do when the temps go above 80 degrees. Summer in Vermont is the best!

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              September in Vermont

              As I frequently play host to company from out of state, I'm always on the hunt for a new 'hidden treasure' to show off the beauty of Vermont. A few days ago I rediscovered the absolute serenity of Mirror Lake. This little gem is so quiet and peaceful and unbelievably clear. We took our dogs on a lovely walk on a dirt road that surrounds the lake and even enjoyed the sounds of a waterfall. Not far away we discovered Sodom Pond in Adamant--another unbelievably quiet escape--and strolled down an almost deserted dirt road. And since dog walking was bringing us such beautiful sights I took a drive to Websterville to walk around the quarry on some of the Millstone Trails. We walked about two easy miles and although we briefly encountered a group of bicyclists, it was like we were in our own private forest. And the leaves are starting to turn...wow!  Best of all, each of these sojourns were within a very easy (20 minutes') drive from Montpelier.

              Ahhhhh, I love showing off this state!

              Kathy Dawson, Agent
              Coldwell Banker Classic Properties

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