Category Archives: Local Online

Foliage viewing suggestions… ask neighbors on FPF

“A huge thank you to everyone who emailed me about spots to view Montpelier foliage! We checked out several of the most common spots recommended already and got absolutely gorgeous pictures. I have several more on the list to check out this weekend. Front Porch Forum is awesome!”
• Kate, Montpelier FPF

How to sell a used car in Vermont

“Car sold.  This was the only place I advertised! Whew, that was easy. Thanks Front Porch Forum.”
• David, Fairfax FPF

“The big surprise was FPF’s finding local buyers for our used car. Craigslist and commercial used-car-sales services with hundreds of listings produced no calls after a month. We gave it a shot on FPF. Result: Satisfied local buyers who could inspect the car thoroughly and conveniently, and us as happy sellers with no concerns about transaction security.”
• Earl, Richmond FPF

Thanks to Walden’s Chimney Brush Fairy

“Not sure who, but some little fairy left me some chimney brushes on my deck. You’re so sweet! Thank you!”
• Angela, Hardwick Walden Front Porch Forum

Pear Predation near Plainfield

What a fine neighborhood we live in, and what a fine, smart service is this new way of combining and circulating information that Front Porch Forum has become.

I put out a query on Sunday about the astonishing disappearance, overnight, I think, of the considerable remainder of the finest pear crop ever on our oldest tree. I dismissed the idea of a human taker because of the obscure location of the tree, and the considerable height of it, 25 feet, I would guess, from which every last pear had been taken, top to bottom. The responses came in quickly, 8 or so, with suggestions & hypotheses: crows took them, or raccoons, turkeys, woodchucks, moose, hunters wanting to bait deer, and maybe a Drone.

The crow theorists had the most decisive evidence: they had themselves seen crows ransacking pear trees, dramatically.

So as far as our family is concerned, the crows have it… and had them, the pears.

“Crows” and “thieves” are words joined in my mind. I try to push that identification away. The idea of “thief” is an altogether human artifact. Crows do genuinely what comes naturally to them. They’re natural opportunists.

And they were here first, besides. We planted our pear trees on their ancestral land.

We shouldn’t plant our epithets on them, as well; although I do.

• Jules, Marshfield-Plainfield FPF