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Monday, September 12, 2011

Field Trip

Less than two hours away from us, a small Rhode Island town hosts stone-lined roads, squaring off blocks of rolling green fields dappled with bulky hay bales. Over the floss of corn stalks crowding Route 77, strips of sea lay under a cloudless horizon. For thirty years I’ve wanted to visit  Little Compton.   Yesterday, my husband and I did. 

I wondered how different it could be from my own New England fishing village and the answer to that is “very.”  Where we drive up and down twisted roads that run into and emerge from pine needle shadows, Little Compton’s lined drives point straight to the distance; their inclines, gradual.  In spite of twisted oaks guarding the road, the land lays unabashed like a fertile woman, welcoming all the light the sun can muster. 

Farm stands dot the main road, and after purchasing last-of-the-season peaches and passing on the temptation to pick apples, we finally stopped for butter pecan ice cream in Tiverton Four Corners. As we peered toward the windows of an art center, then stopped for tastes at an immaculate cheese shop, something became clear.   Our Sunday had began early in the morning with a service of remembrance.  It finished with a reminder of all that remains.

Oh, and Anne Gallagher, at Piedmont Writer, these pictures are for you.






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16 comments:

jbchicoine said...

What a perfect landscape you paint!
I'm so excited to see these pictures--for the first time in I can't remember how long, my husband and I are going sailing today! These photos are great :) Anne will love them!

Anne Gallagher said...

Oh Liza, your "gift" is amazing. I have tears in my eyes. I know exactly where every single one of those pictures was taken.

When we were in RI for vacation it was on our list of things to do, go back home, but we never made it. I lived and worked in Little Compton for over 30 years.

As Scarlett O'Hara said, "As God is my witness, I'll never go hungry again." Anne Gallagher is saying, "As God is my witness, I will live in Little Compton again!"

Thank you so much Liza. And I swear if I get "home" next summer you are definately on my list.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looks like a nice place to visit. Glad you finally went!

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

Nice. Evokes a real 'Americana' feeling. I can see the New England written all over this beautiful and storied place.

Jennifer Shirk said...

One of things I loved about living in NE where all the neat little road trips me and the hubby could do.
I do adore your pictures so much!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Your pictures and words paint a lovely image of a wonderful place to visit. I'm glad you finally made it there.

Old Kitty said...

What a lovely area! Thanks for sharing these pics! Take care
x

Bish Denham said...

I am absolutely and totally in love with the hand-stacked stone walls! Beautiful.

WritingNut said...

These pictures are absolutely beautiful... looks like such a lovely place to visit!

Wine and Words said...

I am so jealous of the beautiful place you live! My son had two guns pointed at his head last night in the park while riding his bike. Lovely. Gotta love the city, eh?

missing moments said...

Such a beautiful area, Liza. Glad you shared your trip with us. Love those stone walls!

Jon Paul said...

Beautiful! Man, these photos make me miss the East Coast! :)

Jan Morrison said...

Do you think that we may be sisters? I love your pictures and even more, your exquisite prose. You are the most wonderful writer, Liza. Your prose sings.

Talei said...

Gorgeous pictures - I would love to visit there one day! :-)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

We used to have a Compton near where I lived in England. I wonder if this Little Compton was named after it? What a beautiful place. I'm convinced I need to spend some time where you live so I can write a story set there. Just gorgeous.

Robyn Campbell said...

Beautiful pictures, Liza. *wishing I was with you* You are a fab photographer. :-)