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Might I enjoy living in Vermont?
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Phyllis Perry    Posted 12-18-2002 at 12:29:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A native of Michigan, I've always loved
Vermont, first visited when in was in my early
20s and now, in my 40s, still dream about
living there.
For anybody who DOES live in Vermont,
what'dya think? I especially like Hartland,
Quichee and Woodstock areas but hear it's
very cold in the winter and that mud season
lasts about 2 months. In other words, there's
only about 6 months of nice weather.
I have a Tennessee Walker and love to ride
gently down lovely trails and roads. Are there
any other gaited horse-lovers who might
suggest any other pretty places to live? I've
heard Asheville, N.C. is also lovely.
Would enjoy hearing from any other women
or men in their 40s+ who also dream of living
in the country, riding a smooth gaited horse
and like making new friends. Thanks!


Ludwig    Posted 12-19-2002 at 18:15:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kinda in response to Salmoneye's first post. If you can't take a bit of ribbing about being "from away" rural or even quasi-rural New England is not for you.
One of my friends moved here from Pittsburg. He used to complain that his town had an 1890 mentality. I looked at him and said "Yeah, whaddya want?" He'd say "Well the road in front of my house isn't paved!" I'd reply "So hire a contractor and get it paved." He'd get frustrated with me and say "Well they don't pave out my way until noon!" To which I'd reply "So get rid of that stupid van and get four wheel drive."

DON'T move someplace in New England and expect them to change to suit you. It ain't gonna happen and will just cause bad feelings.
Bill finally got used to our ways he'd still grouse, but it was more good natured. When he died last month he got a big send off from his neighbors.

Spence    Posted 12-19-2002 at 19:46:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
There's nothin wrong with the 1890's mentality, wish it were here today.!!

I take all my homesteading ideas from my trusty "Ways to self Sufficiency" by John Seymour
book. When the utilities break down, and that super efficient furnace is gone forever, some 2002
people will turn to 1890's people real fast.

An Apology...Long Winded...    Posted 12-19-2002 at 02:47:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sorry for greeting you with my previous post...Yankee humour, don'cha the Geezum...

And as for those that responded directly below my post, well...they are from New England too...

As to "Might I enjoy living in Vermont?"...

Kinda hard to answer not knowing you.
You say that you are from Michigan...That is a good thing when it comes to thinking of living in VT...It is cold here in the winter...The winter is long and dark...Something about a northern soul and mentality that can not be learned, but has to come from living your whole life with Mother Nature trying to kill you for a few months a year...

As for the places you mention...well...Don't be looking for 'reasonably priced farms' in those areas...Those are so called 'Gold Towns'...ones where the grand list is worth more than most of the small cities in the state and it is not due to industry and infrastructure...Land there is not cheap...Only a couple hour drive to Boston...The rich folk discovered that area long ago...There are cheaper places farther up in a place we call The Northeast Kingdom...But even that is getting discovered by 'flatlanders' and prices are rising depending on proximity to towns, services and the Interstate...Much of the Kingdom is isolated and your closest neighbors are moose and bear...

Guess my whole point here is that only you can know what you can afford...what you can take for cold and isolation from your neighbors...Only you can know if you have the mentality, fortitude and gumption to become a Northern New-Englander...

Not going off half cocked at my earlier jest is a good sign... ;-)



Phyllis    Posted 12-19-2002 at 07:20:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Salmoneye,
Thanks for your earnest reply. I agree, the
areas I cited are over-priced and kitchy.
However, being a single lassie, I'm too scared
to head for the remote Northeast Kingdom,
although it DOES sound awfully nice having
bear and moose as your closest neighbors.
However, I'm not ready for Smokey and
Bullwinkle just yet! Thanks for your opinions.

Some other areas    Posted 12-19-2002 at 08:05:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
of the state that you can still find land for a reasonable prices are the northern Champlain Valley; Fairfield, Enosburg, Richford, Bakersfield or anywhere else in Franklin County. It's dairy country up here and still very rural but not as remote as the kingdom.

If you like the lake you can get a place in the NORTHERN Champlain Islands for a reasonable price. Isle Lamotte, North Hero or Alburg. Being these are Islands except for Alburg there is only one way off to each direction North or South so the old Vermont saying "ya can't get there from here" rings true to a certain extent as it's a long way around to get to certain places.

Either area would be good for horses but not so good for employment opportunities.

Course you'd have to put up with a lot of rednecks like myself but our bark is a lot worse then our bite.

As far as the weather goes. I always have to laugh at the folks who start complaining about the weather in November and don't stop till May.
If you can't find a way to get some enjoyment out of winter ya might not want to put down any roots up here.

Good luck

Phyllis    Posted 12-18-2002 at 19:34:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for all the input, especially from
Spence. He was very nice and encouraging.
Have you ever thought of moving there,

Spence    Posted 12-18-2002 at 17:32:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Phyllis, I've been to Vermont and you can't go wrong living there. People are laid back and real friendly, country is beautiful, and farms are still had at reasonable prices.

You might want to take up maple sugaring if you get yourself a small maple bush!

Randy    Posted 12-18-2002 at 16:45:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You might also like upstate New York. We bought a small house there last year and 50 acres this year. Seems to be more reasonably priced in New York. People seem nice.

Salmoneye    Posted 12-18-2002 at 12:54:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Cold? was Zero this AM and is right now at 4 PM a balmy 18 above...

This just barely keeps the blackflies and skeeters dormant for a couple months...

Fawteen    Posted 12-18-2002 at 16:34:22       [Reply]  [No Email]

Ira King    Posted 12-18-2002 at 16:49:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Keeps the black flies down but brings out them blasted skiers

marc    Posted 12-18-2002 at 18:02:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
So you prefer them snowmobilers?! Marc

Les    Posted 12-18-2002 at 17:04:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jeesh, Ira, your mud season only lasts two months? You ain't got nothin to complain about. On my side of the Connecticut River, it's more like four months. We only bury people that die here between 4th of July and Labor Day.

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