Steve and I with some help from daughter Sue and son-in-law Paul, and brother Don hacked out a new trail in our 60 acre woodlot.
Uphill and downhill, between the ponds, around stones, through blackberry thickets, avoiding the big white oaks and black oaks and maple trees, with a chainsaw cutting through downed trees, and slicing off low hanging limbs. Hard work, but fun work, too. Deciding where to go and where not to go.
As I reflected on our trail building, it so much like life itself. We reach high points and then often are thrust into a valley, we meet an obstacle and then must decide to confront it or go around it. We lob off the low branches of our life, and, if we take time, stop occasionally to appreciate what we have done and enjoy the view—as we did building a new trail through the woods last week.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: There is more to trail building than meets the eye.
April 21, 1:00 p.m. Cedarburg Public Library. Garden Wisdom
April 22, 11:30 a.m. Fond du Lac Historical Society (795 Fond du Lac Ave). Dinner. Remembering our Rural Heritage.
April 27, 4:30 p.m. Friends of Wisconsin Historical Society: Old World Wisconsin (Eagle, WI, Dinner, auction, and presentation on BARNS OF WISCONSIN.
April 28, 11:00 – 4:00. Wisconsin Public TV at Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose. Residents of the area are asked to bring in family farm photos for possible inclusion in a documentary film about farm life in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s that Wis Public TV is doing. Photos will be immediately scanned and returned.
April 29, 2:00 p.m. Lucille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, WI. I will be discussing my Ames County series of novels: THE TRAVELS OF INCREASE JOSEPH, BLUE SHADOWS FARM, IN A PICKLE and CRANBERRY RED. Free to the public