At long last we have a Blog site where anyone can read the students’ submissions to the Rudyard Kipling Young Writers Award. We have loaded the 11 entries for 2017 and will soon have the entries loaded for 2016. In the future, the entries submitted by the finalists will go up after the award ceremony. These students, 4th through 6th graders in Windham County, are inspired, have used their imaginations to create their stories, and trusted that their work would be respected. It is.
For Valentines Day, my wife and I went snowshoeing on the Black Mtn trail, an easy outing on a well marked trail that leads to an old fire tower site from which you can see the Connecticut, New Hampshire, and surrounding hills. At sunset, it is breathtaking!
Recently I was visiting with family that lived in the Kipling Carriage House in the 1950’s and learned that Kipling had several hidden retreats on the hillside above Naulakha. Apparently, he had two marble benches placed on the hillside where he could spend quite time musing & dreaming about the next story. The benches are still there! Can you find them?
After receiving comments from many of our guests, we finally realized that microwaves are just too much a part of the convenience of daily lives so each of our historic homes now has one. We hope this addition to the kitchen will give you more flexibility, more utility..
We have just removed the full bed and replaced it with a queen that is super comfortable. Tom added bedside tables so there is a new look! We have been debating this change and finally accomplished this first one. We are now making plans to improve both the upstairs corner bedroom in the Dutton Farm House as well as the first floor bedroom at the Amos Brown House.
The trucks were there yesterday, the cables laid out, and there was a promise that the Sugar House would have service before next weekend! Many of you have asked and after patiently waiting our turn, it is finally here…. enjoy..
As Kipling’s home is now 112 years old, it deserves care and attention to normal wear and tear. Just his past week, we had the painters scrapping, cleaning and painting the north and south ends as well as the porte-cochère. The house looks great, ready for the next six years! Come and have a look!
Here is the link to the press release describing the award ceremony and the challenge. This news piece was released to many regional news media.
In early May, we launched this award as a way to promote The Landmark Trust USA’s 25th anniversary. We secured help from 3 teachers to frame the submissions, 5 judges to read & evaluate, and a venue in the main theater in the Latchis. The judges are all accomplished authors and teachers who divided the works by the 3 categories of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. The challenge was open to all 4th, 5th, & 6th graders in Windham County, VT, or the southeast corner. We received 89 submissions from 90 students; 14 poems, 8 non-fiction, and 67 fiction. Eleven efforts were truly remarkable, with the overall best winning a one-night stay at Naulakha and the winners in poetry & fiction received one-night stays at Kipling’s Carriage House. There has been great enthusiasm about this event from parents, teachers, and students, so this will become an annual event.
One of the great privileges of inspecting houses is the chance to look at the log book and the notes or messages left behind. This morning I was out at Amos Brown House and found this fabulous pencilsketch of the lane in front of the house, stone walls, and hay fields. I also discovered recently that the tree on the right side is an apple tree, maybe a MacIntosh.