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large hayfields on both sides, a broad swath of sky above.Our house was built in 1874 by Mary Butterfield and W F Norcross, newly wed, and was positioned not quite across the street from her parents house and on their land which had been Abenaki territory Mary s husband and infant son died just three years later She must have walked down to the stream sometimes to try and think, grief struck Her parents house burned down about the same time, sorrow They came to live with Mary in her place, which was tiny, if still new.By the time my wife, Juliet Karelsen, and I bought it October 2, 1992 the house was considerably bigger, having grown addition by addition at the hands of a succession of owners in the hundred twenty five years since Mary mourned Juliet and I have put in endless hours of repair and remodeling, but it s still a modest house, well worn The floors slant sharply, the porch roof leaks chronically, the bedrooms are hot in summer, the dirt floor basement is wet in March and April, the mice come in from the fields in fall.We heat with wood in winter, and the heat expands to every corner Sunlight fills the house always, and if the rooms are eccentric they re cozy, too, and after than a decade they are our own, so much so that the house and grounds seem the very structure of our marriage Knock on our door and you knock on our lives.The high ground around here is Mount Blue, modest in montane terms at thirty two hundred feet, but impressive when viewed from the Sandy River, which flows through our town, Farmington, Maine, at just three hundred sixty feet above sea level Atop Mount Blue on a clear day, after a steep hike on a frank New England trail, one clambers over broken chain link, climbs what s left of the old fire tower, and looks west, sees Mounts Washington, Jefferson, and Adams the highest northeastern peaks and endless other humps and hills and mountains, all blue and purple with distance, sometimes white with snow One feels oneself well atop the rugged world The closest peaks north and west many of them mounted by the Appalachian Trail make the Longfellow Range, named for the poet.Eastward, there is diminishment Day Mountain smaller than Blue, Derby Mountain less, a glint from Varnum Pond to orient the view, Porter Hill just there our house nestled near it somewhere indistinct , Voter Hill unmistakable with its tall radio tower, then the Farmington hills smaller, and smaller yet Perham, Titcomb, Powderhouse, Cowen One s world eye peers down a short, primordial slope, following Temple Stream southeast to Farmington, where it makes an unhurried confluence with the Sandy River The Sandy continues east till it meets the mighty Kennebec in meanders at Norridgewock The Kennebec meets and absorbs the Androscoggin yet further east at Merrymeeting Bay near the city of Bath, flows on in estuary past revolutionary Fort Popham and finally to thorough yet continual dispersal in the Gulf of Maine and the Atlantic Ocean.The Temple is our point of contact with all the waters of the world.I meant to mark our first summer solstice on Temple Stream with a little hike and a swim The day was all southerly breezes and unseasonably hot, every green thing taking hold, the sky blown with popple fluff and soaring hawks.1 Juliet was at Clearwater Veterinarian with our dog, Desmond, and the new puppy, Wally Wally had to get his shots.I d spent the morning rough wiring our gutted bathroom our only bathroom the third room to go under the hammer in nine months of hard do it yourself remodeling The steel tub balanced loose on bare floor joists, soon to be replaced by an antique claw foot found, like Wally, in the classified ads twenty dollars, a hundred mile drive Juliet and I had been bathing by candlelight under broken plaster for two months, not an altogether unpleasant fate.I shook the old vermiculite insulation and sawdust out of my hair, dropped my electrician s belt on the kitchen table, hurried through the attached barn and out into the day sky like blue heaven, white butterflies floating purposefully over everything I fairly dove down the lawn You could hear the stream roaring through the fields below that s how high the water was after a week of rain I d strip down and jump in quick no matter how cold, wash the frustration of the morning s work away, slough off every dead cell of winter, emerge a new man, baptized for a new life in this new house, this new town, this new world I gamboled down through the tall grass and hawkweed flowers, playing wild.At the raspberry brambles I pulled up short I had distinctly heard a low grunt just beyond the olden stone wall and five or ten yards into the dense foliage of Lulu s woods I d cleaned up an old farmstead dump just there, took out a wringer washer, several mysterious boilers, a bedframe, maybe a hundred bottles of no interest, but I d had to leave the cars, four rusted old beauties heaped upon one another, no engines, no tires, grown over nicely and camouflaged by Virginia creeper and wild grapes.That grunt My dairying neighbor s Holsteins had been pushing their way through his faulty electric fence as a matter of course, but this wasn t a cow I pretended to forage in the brambles, thinking not to scare whatever beast it was before I could get a glimpse My neck prickled with the distinct sensation of something watching me, something very large There d been coyotes all winter, singly and doubly and in a large, loose, howling pack We d had a bear for several weeks that spring, a nervous and scrawny but formidable yearling that repeatedly visited the compost pile back up the hill behind the blackberries, closer to the house But my gut guess was moose, because the presence I felt was that size, and moose were common enough, if not in this exact spot I turned my head incrementally, picked as if at berries, looked slyly into the trees Back behind the stone wall something moved distinctly, shuffling in the litter of the forest floor I peered into the shadows Nothing I stepped closer, pretended to examine raspberry leaves, all the while scanning the thick foliage of the wood sidewise.Then the creature spoke, in a booming voice Berryin I jumped, shouted a curse.The voice said, I d not expect many berries this time of year Who s that I demanded.Didn t mean to scare you, the loud voice said.I spotted him then, a huge figure in the leafy dark.One prefers to minimize one s fear Startled me, is all.I hate a start, he said, pronouncing it stat, and stepped into the light.He was enormous, wide beard untrimmed, two streaks of gray in it, thick mustache that fell over his mouth, flannel shirt, top button ripped, thermal underwear shirt beneath despite the heat, massive shoulders, massive arms, massive hands black with engine grease, massive chest pressing the bib of a huge pair of Carhartt overalls, legs like tree trunks, big leather shoes that looked to be shaped by a chain saw, unlaced, heavy rawhide dangling, one pant leg rolled up high showing long johns.It s the first day of summer, I wanted to tell him It s ninety degrees.His gaze was not unfriendly, exactly, like wild He was a moose He said, I couldn t help but notice you have some cars here Caz, he said Couldn t help but notice He was deep in our space He took a couple of long strides toward me, climbed nimbly up on the jumbled stones of the old wall, displacing them noisily with his weight, eyed me but briefly from my skinny ankles to my tattered gym shorts to my Field Gallery T shirt, cast his gaze on the closest of the old cars.He said, This one here is a 36 Ford coupe That one there is a 32 This chassis under here is from a Model A, yessuh These wheels must be older yet That under there is a Volkswagen Bug, 1959 My visitor didn t smile, didn t make eye contact, but looked at the car bodies fondly.I relaxed as best I could, tried for an affable tone, said, I kind of inherited all these.He looked at me hard He said, Where is it you re from I can t place that accent.We moved here from New Sharon, I said, which as an answer to his exact question was a lie, as was the covering concoction of a Maine accent I d thrown in for good measure Juliet and I had only rented in New Sharon, ten miles downstream on the Sandy River, a tentative first year in the area after I d taken my first teaching job, at the University of Maine at Farmington But for the moose man, I wanted to be from Maine.New Sharon Not our New Sharon You re from Connecticut, yes He had me pegged exactly.True enough, I said.Lotsa money down they uh, he said, exaggerating his Maine twang.I prefer it here immensely, I said.Immensely, he said He jumped down off the wall easily, clatter of rocks, tugged at all the vines, put his hands on the roof of the nearest car, rocked the formerly unmovable thing a few times I stepped up toRoorbach Big Bend takes readers on a journey in and around Temple Stream, which flows by his 1874 home near Farmington, Maine, about 40 miles northwest of Augusta He records a series of forays along his stream, observing subtle environmental clues the mix of trees, the types of garbage, the attitudes of local beavers, the varieties of birds and wildflowers Sometimes his wife or their newborn baby accompanies him, sometimes neighbors, but often just his two dogs His essays on his perambulations sometimes include a dramatic incidentencounters with mountain man Earl or with the aptly named Ms Bollocksbut usually there s just a single golden thought for example, seeing caddis fly nets, he remembers calling them wind socks as a boy and then recalls a feeling he had, 40 years back, of being late for dinner, all alone in his canoe, drifting homeward Some themes thread through these essays the progress of home improvements, his wife s pregnancy, his messages in a bottle miraculously returned, his charting of Temple Stream back to its mysterious source Roorbach s obvious delight in obscure phrasingstreamside omphaloskepsis, callipygian cowgirlshould please literate stream walkers who enjoy a good browse in their dictionaries after a day s wander in the woods Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reserved. 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    • Temple Stream: A Rural Odyssey
    • 4.5
    • 880
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    • 306 pages
    • Bill Roorbach
    • Anglais
    • 01 May 2016

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