This picture represents the end of an era. Here is where my family lived for over 45 years. It is an historic saltbox and has significant attributes showing its age. The twelve over twelve window panes, the giant chimney that services four fireplaces, and clapboarded exterior. Inside, there are paneled walls around the fireplaces and several bake ovens built in the structures. The floorboards are mostly wide, especially in the "keeping room" where some are two feet wide. The house sits on a busy corner in Southbury, and is surrounded by Sugar Maples. Leaf raking has always been an arduous task. There is a large back yard bordered by Dogwood and clumps of Lilac. There are flower beds, some containing significant transplanted wild plants such as Maiden Hair Fern and Bloodroot. A vegetable garden always provided food for the palate, including asparagus and raspberries. Two Hollys, a male and female, came from my childhood home in Baltimore, Maryland.

As of next week, this house will have new owners who seem to be as enthusiastic as we about the beauty of this old dwelling, which may date back to 1715. It still needs some restoration, but all of the significant work has been done. We hope to keep in touch with the new owners to learn of any changes they may choose to make, but our era of ownership is over.

I did several outside jobs to tidy up the grounds, including edging and weeding a stone path from the garage to the back entrance. In the process, I uncovered a multitude of earthworms which seemed to enjoy the stony lodging in the path. Here are some of them..........Leave it to me to introduce worms into this goodbye story. Our backyard has seen plenty of animals over the years, including turkeys, deer and the neighbor's chickens. These worms probably helped to keep my gardens in good order.

There was one interesting and disturbing discovery when I was down in CT. I went into a large food center and walked by the fish counter only to stop and observe the lobsters in a tank of water. I was shocked to see the size of those lobsters; at least three of them were huge. I asked the sales person how much they weighed and he netted one and put it on the scale. They weighed 4 and 5 lbs. and even looked as big as the one I found while snorkeling. Apparently, these large lobsters can be bought and sold in Connecticut, but not in Maine where they are protected for breeding purposes. Too bad we can't get together on this issue. I was pleased to hear that one large lobster had been bought and released on the Connecticut shoreline out of concern for these animals.

I will end with a puzzle for you to solve. I am back in Maine and one of my friends brought me this to identify. He said he thought it was a skull of some sort. It wasn't the first time such a bone would be misidentified as a skull with what looks like eye sockets, ears and a nose with a large open space for a brain???? But this, my friend, is a pelvic bone from a deer.

So, with these thoughts from an official Mainiac, I say good bye to Connecticut with mixed feelings. My home is in Maine, which I love. 11/10/09 Ronnie, back home.