Around the Village

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1. Stunning house in my village, with ties to President Franklin Pierce. 2. View while in my village green. 3. Taken in the old graveyard, looking at the side of our town hall. 4. Pretty old house with a gorgeous autumn tree in front.

Every day I walk my youngest son to and from school, and every day I fall even more in love with my village. It is everything I love about small town New England.  From the much loved and much used town common to the small village market and historic homes, I adore this neighborhood.  So, I've decided to start a regular, weekly post featuring photos I take of my little village on those walks to school and back. These were taken late last week, on a overcast, temperate day. My favorite kind. The leaves were just starting to change, and I was able to start wearing boots and long-sleeves again. Ahh, my favorite time of year.

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A museum set against leaves just beginning to turn.

Just as we were walking by the old church by the village green on our way home, the bells in the steeple began to chime the hour. Those hourly chimes are one of my favorite parts of living in the village.

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The Old Congregational church, dating back to the 1700's.

These bells also play music, hymns actually, a couple times a day. It's one of those things that takes me back in time to the New England of yesteryear, and that is helpful since I am writing about times past in New England.

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And that was my village last week.


  1. hi alyson... i found you thru our various mutual friends and so happy i did! i used to live in boston and miss new england dearly... i am notw living in seattle which is lovely but we all know new england is quite special... i will so love following along and learning more about you and your darling family... happy fall... xx pam

  2. What a gorgeous, gorgeous town you live in. its just so storybook beautiful. I am so happy to see you blogging again! Cant wait to see your New England autumn!

  3. red ticking - Thank you, Pam! Glad you found me too! New England really is something special, and I hope I am able to post some photos that show just that.

    Heather - It truly is storybook! It reminds me of a film set. I feel so blessed to live here.

  4. Hi Alyson. Nice to see you back in Bloggyland.

    Yes, autumn is just getting started here in Virginia as well. It's like a breath of fresh are to me each year at this time.. October... the love of my life!

  5. Really lovely!Thanks for sharing! Becca

  6. Your town reminds me so much of mine. Love it. Wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Glad to have found you!

  7. It's such a lovely village. I love the history there. And overcast days are the best!

  8. Diane - thank you! It's nice to be back!

    Becca - thank you for stopping by!

    Nantucket - I feel the same way. Isn't it awesome to live in such an amazing town?! Thanks for coming by!

    Donna - thank you and I agree! :)

  9. How wonderful! I can't wait to read and see all of the gorgeous sites and live vicariously through you :)

  10. You live in such an exquisite place
    and capture it so beautifully in your photos.
    So glad we have got back in touch!

  11. Glad to see you again in blogland, Alyson! Your photos look so classic and could be from the old New England that you describe so well.
    I loved walking with and taking my children to school so know what you must feel like walking your son. Cherish this time as I miss it so much!
    I looked back at all your old blog postings that I missed and saw your gorgeous painted floor...what a job! It is really stunning!!

  12. What spectacular images - such a picturesque town with so much charm and character! Happily following your blog ~

  13. Absolutely stunning photos! It makes me want to leave the hustle and bustle of London for something quiet and charming like this. So glad to have discovered your blog – now following!

  14. Beautiful! Makes me want to plan a return trip to Vermont!

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  16. That was something i found interesting in our litte ct village...i never every got tired of walking/driving around even though it was so small....it just fed my soul in a way nothing ever has! The houses make me happy, the trees, the history! Sometime will you post on how ct was different than NH...i'm so interested in your experience of how it's been different. we would drive up to boston regulary and always try to go north into NH to check out one little village...i loved exeter, (though it's not so small, but it's fun!) and your little village the most of our excursions...but i had endless more to explore. that's what we loved the most about New Engand....endless wandering adn discovering!