Whistler, Moulton, and my snake-friend

I’ve been doing more research on Pomfret and I am almost sure that James Abbott McNeill Whistler lived in the white house two houses down from the Vanilla Bean. I also now know that his mother would have preferred not to live in Pomfret at all, but she wanted her sons to attend the school in Pomfret. Whistler took his mother’s maiden name as his middle name because of the sacrifices she made for him.

I also now know that Louise Chandler Moulton lived in the mustard house at the eastern-most intersection of Brayman Hollow and Peterson Road. Her family called the house “Elmwood Cottage.” Moulton and Whistler walked home from school together. One afternoon Whistler gave Moulton a painting which she kept until she died. A poem about her childhood home reads:

My thoughts go home to that old brown house
With its low roof sloping down to the east,
And its garden fragrant with roses and thyme
That blossom no longer except in rhyme,
Where the honey-bees used to feast.

Afar in the west the great hills rose,
Silent and steadfast, and gloomy and gray.
I thought they were giants, and doomed to keep
Their watch while the world should wake or sleep,
Till the trumpet should sound on the judgment-day.

And I was as young as the hills were old,
And the world was warm with the breath of spring;
And the roses red and the lilies white
Budded and bloomed for my heart’s delight,
And the birds in my heart began to sing.

…it isn’t the best piece of poetry, but it is comforting to think that she thought of her childhood home when she was older (and who would want to think of your childhood if you were raised a Calvinist). I will write more about Whistler, Moulton, and Pomfret in another post.

The seemingly, (and actually), random photograph of a Garter Snake was taken outside of my garden while I was home two weeks ago. Isn’t (s)he pretty!


Halloween Party, 1940


These images are from the Pratt Schoolhouse, once located across the street from where the Pomfret Center, Connecticut post office is today. A few of the children are ghosts and witches, there is a nurse, a cow, and a Snow White. The costumes are very unique, but I have no idea who or what many of the children intended to look like with their costumes. Help me out!

There are also a few clues around the classroom regarding what the students were studying. Nine years later the town’s new Pomfret Community School for grades K-12 was completed.




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an old cartoon
July 30, 2009, 10:51 pm
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Photographed above is the arugula and asparagus I purchased from the Putnam Farmers’ Market last week. A woman from Fall Creek Farm told me that the asparagus was the last of the season! I made asparagus parmigiano a couple of times and I am looking forward to doing so again next year.

The flowers are picked from my own garden but are, unfortunetly, not a sign of my ability to grow flowers. They are a sign that I am unable to grow broccoli. A combination of early heat and recent rain made half of my broccoli bloom and the other half not develop at all.


zoological phenomena

Ten years ago it was not necessary for our family to protect any of our plants. Now, however, no plant is safe. The hosta on the east side of the house has not survived a single season in five years, the holly gets a yearly pruning in winter, and the vegetable garden now requires a six-foot fortress. Perhaps our property has been established as a (Good Grazing Ground (GGG) by the Association of Hungry Deer (AHD).

The article above was published in the New York Times in September of 1905. The previous day an article was published on the impact of deer on Pomfret’s farms.

Vegan gardening. in order to make this Frittata? or possibly to grow lesser-known fruits?

The New York Times has an article on students and recent graduates who are performing internships at farms. The article did not mention any of the Bennington students who have interned at farms (Bennington once had its own farm), but the article did mention that the interns came armed with a Bennington graduate’s book.

Cheever living in CT.

Google Map Street View in Pomfret

ppl street view

Google has added street level photographs of Route 44 in Pomfret. Although Route 169, a National Scenic Byway, has not yet been added the stretch of road that shares the road bed with Route 44 has been. Based on the construction taking place along the route, the photographs were taken last summer. The camera car path line (the yellow line) is slightly misplaced along the route, often going off of the road. The view above is at the Pomfret Public Library looking South. I have found one big camera glitch, or possibly a temporary installation for your viewing. It would be exciting to see the rest of the town’s roads in street view.

in the ground
April 22, 2009, 1:38 pm
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arugula, asparagus,* broccoli, chives,* lemon balm,* lettuce, lovage,* onions, parsley, peas, spinach

* denotes perennials planted prior to this year