away for the weekend: south londonderry, vermont

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

south londonderry, vermont

We've had a long stretch of hot and steamy weather, here in New England.
It's a little unusual - but then it is July - so....
Saturday, Greg and I decided to head out for a little mountain biking.
Much of the riding is in the woods - which helps keep things relatively cool.
At one point, we came off the trail in the little village of South Londonderry.


This little post office caught my eye - and you know what that means...
As I'm taking a photo, a man stops and gives me a curious look.
"Quite a charming post office you have, here." I say to him.
"Well, let me tell you" he says, "I am full of stories"
We chatted for a while about the changes his village has gone through over the years.
As it turns out, this post office was once a drug store with a soda fountain - and a barbershop behind it.
I would have liked seeing that.


The main road runs along a river - which has caused its share of problems over the years-
although, you'd never know it right now.



I frequently drive through South Londonderry,
but I enjoyed slowing down a bit and taking a closer look.
(Yeah, I don't really ride bikes for exercise...)

Do you enjoy discovering new things about the places around you?



35 comments:

  1. Oh Karen I love that you met the man "full of stories" that has always been my favourite part of any day:)
    What a beautiful little village, and your photos are amazing. I would love to bike ride with you. B

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  2. i do. i find we get to hear many great stories on our travels. so fun. nice shots!! looks like a quaint little place. ( :
    enjoy your week.

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  3. Count me in as someone that likes to explore. It's much more fun if you take the camera... like you did.

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  4. The histories of old small towns are fascinating. Love the photos Karen.

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  5. That is a lovely old Post Office, gorgeous route to follow, photos and exercise.

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  6. There is a tiny town about 15 miles from where I live called Midway, KY and they have a drug store with a soda and ice cream fountain :)

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  7. Who don’t like exploring places...? I love to do so. Your ride has taken through pretty sights. That’s a beautiful post office and wonderful stream.

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  8. i ride my bike for the same reason you ride yours!! i notice everything!!

    i can go to the same place 100 times and see something new each time. new spot, old, comfortable place, i always discover something new to photograph!!

    love, love, love the second image!!

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  9. Looks like you and the Hubby had a fun adventure, Karen. Lovely pictures!

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  10. I so enjoy going along on your drives...what a lovely spot to stop and enjoy!!

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  11. the mailbox made me smile. i loved the days of 'rural route' addresses.

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  12. Love the pictures...such a cute little town. No, I don't walk or ride bikes for exercise. I do like you and stop and take pictures so much that my hubby TELLS me we aren't getting any exercise. :) I say you gotta' stop and smell the roses!

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  13. That is so awesome that that guy had all that background history. It is funny the retail store where I use to work is currently a gift shop/pharmacy. The store use to have a soda fountain and there was a barbershop in the basement. The building is well over 100 year old. I enjoyed that about my job.

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  14. Always love when a river runs through it . Great photos . Our main street has a river that runs behind it too.

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  15. You always go on the neatest adventures and I love that you share them with us....I find it interesting that the man was there just at the moment you were and you were able to get information about the store....

    You really do have an eye for details that most of us miss...You encourage me to look deeper....

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  16. I love the mailbox photo! I lived on a rural route growing up.

    I am finding that when I have my camera, I notice things that I never notice otherwise.

    Great photos that really show off that quaint little village! And how great to meet someone who knew about the post office.

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  17. What pretty photos! I love that you chatted up the local man who was full of stories :) Sounds like a fun way to spend a day.

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  18. You certainly run into interesting places. You see more when riding and much more when you're walking.

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  19. Hi Karen, What charming pictures. Thanks for sharing your bike ride with us.

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  20. Charming pictures! I love your 'eye'. Yes, I love traveling around Missouri and learning local history! Have a great week! Twyla

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  21. It's always fun to explore someplace closeby and see the little towns and countryside.

    I'm inviting you to join us with your travel images for Travel Photo Mondays next week, please link up with us :)

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  22. You live in such a quaint and Norman Rockwell-ish area! Little hidden treasures everywhere!

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  23. How lovely. I would like to take a few photos there myself.

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  24. What a sweet little post office and how nice to have a bit of history to go with it! Love all your photos today. I miss New England so much and your photos remind me of why. xo

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  25. Great shot of the lilies by the water.

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  26. Those lilies along the river are so pretty. What a refreshing scene for my 104 degree day!

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  27. Wonderful rural shots, especially the lilies along the water. Beautiful!

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  28. I LOVE discovering new things about the places around me.. and I really don't hike or bike for exercise either.. I'm all about stopping to look closer a LOT. :)
    I particularly love the mailbox. Growing up, our address was Route 1 Box 10. Very close. Very rural. :)

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  29. The RR 1 on the mailbox made me smile. I used to live on RR 1 in northern NY. Rural Route. Love that.

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  30. I used to live in a rural route 1 in Virginia. I miss those days living down a long dirt road with the forest on both sides. I enjoyed your post.
    betsy

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  31. Beautiful snippets from your bike ride!

    Thanks for your visit and comment on my rural entry.

    ~Lindy

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  32. LOVE it! I so enjoy find ordinary things that seem extraordinary at the second look... Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #23' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #24...

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  33. What a wonderful place to enjoy biking in! Awesome shots

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