Monday, August 25, 2014

RURAL LIFE AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD ( MEET AT THE RIVER ) ~









25th AUGUST 2014, 6 PM Green River Dam





August 25, 2014, it was a lovely late afternoon when we bicycled up to the covered bridge to have a look around, plus we wanted to cross the river to visit with an old friend in the village. We have a map to bring to her that shows how the town of Guilford has one proposal to drive a new roadway, called "alternative route," smack dab through her property. Well, no, she doesn't own the property any longer, a trustee does, but at one time, and I've written about this friend before, circa 1940, when she moved here as a youngster with her family, they owned all the village.


Our friend isn't at all happy about this proposed road route on the map.

 

Today our friend is under the weather. She answers the door by visiting with us from her second floor screened bedroom window, something we've done many times over many years if she isn't feeling herself, adding, "I don't want you two to catch what I have."


 We leave at her door certain paperwork for her to preview, mostso this map, with its alternative route barreling through her woodland, wetlands, old spring brook, expansive yard (I used to mow), and knocking apart the best plum tree in all of Green River, and oh my what plum jelly was made from the plums of that tree. You could buy this jelly in its gilt jar, from the Brattleboro Food Co-op for $9.  Once upon a time.

 

While we toured on the bikes we shot more photographs of the covered bridge work site, as well as the footbridge being erected by some of the neighbors in the neighborhood a quarter mile south of the covered bridge.


We got ourselves across the river not using the ford this time, nor disobeying the footbridge signs of "Keep Out" since it's still under construction, and we didn't get our feet wet neither.

 

You figure out how we got across.
 
 

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The Start of a footbridge a quarter mile south of the closed covered bridge







Planking for the footbridge






River ledge and support






Entrance to the footbridge from River Road, west side of the river






Abutment to the covered bridge exposed for renovation





Cribbing under the abutment





The progression of the stone wing wall






Getting under into the abutment






Back fill of the wing wall




 

photos 2014  © bob & susan arnold





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