Bricks and Tractors.

Throughout the past few weeks, Sam has been giving off occasional “hmmphs”  about our brick pile:

I recently spent one of my morning research hours turning up some interesting info. It seems that the “JJJ” stands for Juan Jacinto Jova, who was a Cuban sugar-cane broker who moved to the Hudson Valley in the late 1800’s. He was hoping to grow sugar here, but failed miserably, and made the natural transition to brick-manufacturing. He bought a sizable Greek-revival mansion at Danskammer Point, and then tore the thing down to get at the clay underneath. I guess it was a good move on his part, cause his bricks are said to be pretty top-notch..


It was a pleasant surprise, indeed, to find something notably high-quality hanging around the property.

In other news, we have been anxiously attempting to prepare for winter. Sam has spent many hours chopping wood, and yesterday I caught this little bit of magic:








It sort of looks like he’s doing some sort of Ukrainian mountain folk-dance.

I guess he comes by it honestly.












Perhaps the most exciting recent event is the arrival of the tractor! Good-ole Charlie Brooks called the house at about 2am the night before to confirm the address we gave him, and then showed up about 8 the next morning..


I meant to get a good shot of Sam’s face when this thing rolled up, but I was a little too star-struck myself.




The chickens’ deluxe accommodations also got a little more deluxe this week, with the addition of a small run.


When it was finished, Sam tried to scare them into enjoying it.





I took a different approach, and tried to give them a pep-talk. They’re generally pretty  quizzical when it comes to our little chats.





Needless to say, they remain hesitant. I guess they’re just staying true to their name.






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One Response to Bricks and Tractors.

  1. samuelmoyerfurniture says:

    Our research also revealed that Danskammer Point got its name when some intrepid Dutch Explorers (or was it Henry Hudson, I can’t remember) sailed intrepidly up the Hudson River and allegedly saw a bunch of native folks (Lenapes? Algonquins?) partying it up by the firelight, and named the spot Duyvil’s Danskammer, which, translated, means “Devil’s Dance Chamber.” Those Dutch really have a way with a phrase, don’t they?

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