X-C skiing & Snowshoeing at Amos Brown House

Sunday morning the 5th, the thermometer hit minus 20, giving us clear blue skies, & sparTJSnowshoes2dogskling snow so we took our two dogs and decided to tour near the Amos Brown House. In some places, the snow had a wind crust, in others it was deep, light & fluffy.
We gave theW2dogsXC dogs a chance to follow snowshoes and skis but they preferred the porch.

It was a great outing and warmed to 9 degrees! The only thing missing was a large steamy cup of hot chocolate….next time we will plan ahead.W2dogsonporch

The driveway approach to Naulakha has new color

The day lilies have bloomed and the rich thick stand borders the driveway welcomes you as you approach Naulakha. These flowers add great color to the dining room table or anywhere else in the house… enjoy…..2017-07-07 11.08.47

Day Lilies at the Dutton Farm House

This row of day lilies is still very young has not opened fully but adds wonderful color to your front yard. Not only do you have these wildflowers but there is also a very healthy crop of wild raspberries behind the house on the edge of the mowed lawn. Enjoy them both, bring color into the house and add wild fruit to your breakfast. The fruit is safe, we do not spray.2017-07-07 11.24.35

Day Lilies at the Kipling Carriage House

This is a spectacular time of year. First we had rhododendrons, then wild iris with deep luxurious purples, and now day lilies. These abound everywhere, free for the picking, to enjoy at your bedside or dinner table. Come stay with us!
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Access to the entries submitted by the finalists in this year’s Rudyard Kipling Young Writers Award

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.

An easy snowshoe walk in the woods

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!

Kipling’s hidden retreat

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?

Microwaves at long last

2016-11-21-12-42-48After 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..

The Sugar House has a new Bed!

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.



Wifi at the Sugar 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..