Thursday, July 23, 2015

Meeting the neighbors and from that naming the NH place

Hi friends,

So since we bought our NH place, we've been meeting some of the neighbors.  The first neighbor we met is a long-time resident of the neighborhood.  Felicia, her husband and daughter live in a lovely home toward the bottom of the hill.  One one of our first visits, when we saw a car in the driveway, we stopped in and introduced ourselves.  It was really neat the following week when we were checking out a local church to spot her in the congregation.  I whispered to Bob, hey isn't that our neighbor Felicia?  We went over after the service to say hi.  She was very friendly (both at her front door and at church) and she gave me a name for a pet groomer in the area.

She told us about the other neighbor that lives further up the hill, next to us.  She mentioned the guy is a doctor in Cambridge.  We keep watching for someone to be home there and have seen a car in the driveway every once and a while, but each time we drive up to say hello, no-one answers.  Ivan thinks the car we see is a worker doing some work on the place.  Now that summer is here, we might encounter the Cambridge Doctor.

Then two weeks ago, we saw a car at the bottom of the road and some work equipment.  Bob stopped and chatted with Mike.  Mike is the owner of much of the undeveloped land abutting our property.  Mike was there harvesting some trees for firewood.   He has owned the land for a long time and told Bob all about the different owners of our place.  I guess many years ago, the first owner was a politician in Boston.  When he owned the place it was a small place, just 3 rooms - a living room, a bedroom, a bathroom and probably just a galley kitchen. He called it 'Poland Lodge.'  Everyone called it that and when he had some heat in Boston, he would escape to his lodge till things quieted down.  There were several other owners and several renovations - first the expansion to include the two bedrooms, expanded bathroom and kitchen.  Then later another renovation (by a different owner) to add the mudroom, loft and upstairs bedroom.  And lastly the final renovation to add the enclosed porch.  Mike had seen the place in all it's various renovation stages.  Bob encouraged him to stop by sometime.  I hope to meet him this summer.

So, the same weekend Bob met Mike, I met another neighbor.  This neighbor was not one I had any idea lived in the area.  I was driving up the hill (on the dirt road) in the late afternoon when I saw movement in the woods just up the hill from Felicia's place, but not quite to the Cambridge Doctor's place.  At first glance I thought it was a large dog.  Then I thought wolf.  Then a small black bear scrambled across the road, a reasonable distance from my car, but clear as day, just the same.   I arrived at the Cabin and I don't think anyone believed me, but Ivan hurried out the door going to look to see if he could see the bears tracks or evidence of the bears living space.  The next week, Sarah and Ivan encountered Little Bear in just about the same spot.

I'm glad our neighbor is a little bear (remember about the size of a large dog - maybe a German Shepard) and not a big black bear.  I imagine little bear will stay in his area and not venture up to our cabin.  There are lots of berries (raspberries, blackberries and blueberries) so I'm hoping he is content to eat his berries and not come to our place looking for food.  There has been no evidence that he has been at our place.  We are very careful to not leave any garbage out in the shed or outdoor area, but I'll be extra diligent and I won't be leaving Tank and Joey outside unattended.  I did a quick google search and found several reports of black bears in our area.  It seems they generally leave humans alone, but it does say use caution around them and absolutely don't feed them!  Once they get acclimated to human food, it can be dangerous since they'll do whatever it takes to get to your food.

So, after meeting all these neighbors we decided to finalize on a name for our place.  Everyone liked the idea of calling it a lodge.  We do have comfortable accommodations and have been hosting guests there often and the term lodge implies a restful haven, which is what the place is to us.   We wanted to also include reference to our neighbor little bear, so the name 'Little Bear Lodge' was conceived.  Now, Sarah and I will be creating a nice welcome sign with the name on it.  We'll have some fun with that.

What do you think of our name?  What do you think  of our neighbors?  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have a great day.

1 comment:

Karen said...

So glad you're enjoying Little Bear Lodge - it sounds wonderful!