FOTD – COUNTRY ROADS

FOTD – October 20 – Farm Around the Corner

Where should we go? Garry thought we should go down Chestnut Street and visit the farms along the river. Yes, the same Blackstone River. Wherever you go in the valley, you are probably following the river. All our towns were built along its banks.

Behind the trees is the Blackstone. You can see it from the road. You hear it before you see it

This farm’s cow pasture is right also right on the banks of the Blackstone. On hot days, the cows wade in a stream in the shade.

Foliage on Chestnut street where it seems everyone raises horses
Wild berries for the wild birds

We took a lot of pictures. The total is close to 400 and I’m doing a lot of trimming. Many are duplicates. Others are very crooked, and a few are someone’s feet. I posted just pictures which required almost no processing. Most of these needed nothing more than cropping, size reduction, and a signature.

One of the thousands of stone fences you’ll find everywhere in New England


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  1. The best and most stone walls, dividing properties and fields we’ve seen in England. It was a sight we never got tired of. Sadly they disappear by and by.
    Those black berries are ‘climbing wine’ berries if i see that correctly. We had ‘Russian wines’ covering EVERYTHING and I pulled off miles of them every year. The hooked themselves onto our stone pillars and broke them up. After one hundred years and water entering the stone, it doesn’t take much growth to break off pieces of the stone work.

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    • Most of our early settlers were English, though around here, French and Dutch. Fortunately, none of the wild vines are growing on or close to the house. And we cut it down all the time, but you can’t get rid of it. It just comes right back. That stuff is nasty and invasive. At least the birds and the deer like the berries, but it has wrecked our gardens. Completely destroyed them.

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      • that’s it! But many ppl don’t know the wreckage they create…. maybe that’s why they are called Russian vines, I often wondered!

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  2. Such amazing views. Totally soothing 🙂

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  3. To me the berries looked very similar to black grapes with a seed in it, a common variety of grapes found in India, but they aren’t poisonous at all.

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    • These are wild. They DO look like real grapes, but they aren’t. There are people who eat them, but there’s a long process of cooking them, draining the liquid, recooking them until they are supposedly safe. But I’m not sure they are ever really safe. They’re a member of the nightshade family and everything in that group is poisonous to humans, but not to wildlife.

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    • Glad you like them because we have HUNDREDS of them. Just yesterday we took almost 400 pictures between Garry and me. I’m culling them, but even so, just the culling out of the ones I know I’ll never use takes a lot of time.

      On the plus side, I’m not going to out of pictures (autumn foliage shots, at least) anytime soon.

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  4. Love those stone fences. Our trees and hedges are positively dripping with berries this year, and that’s supposed to be a sign of a hard winter to come 🙂

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  5. Beautiful!!! What kind of berries are these? They look huge.. about the size of cherries. Yes, I know they aren’t cherries.

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    • They are the size of small cherries. They are poke berries and are considered poisonous. Not as poisonous as some other berries, like Jimson weed and anything in that whole family of nightshade-type plants.

      I found this about them:

      “It seems that pokeberries will sometimes ferment, intoxicating birds that eat them. Although all parts of the pokeweed – berries, roots, leaves and stems – are poisonous to humans, some folks take the risk of eating poke salad each spring. Pokeweed is a host plant for the stunning giant leopard moth. Ruby-throated hummingbirds will nectar at the plant’s tiny greenish white blossoms, and during spring and early summer white-tailed deer will nibble on its leaves and stems. However, most wild animals don’t pay pokeweed much attention until its juicy, purplish-black berries begin ripening in August and September.
      From then until the last shriveled berry disappears in late winter, pokeberries are eaten by an impressive list of critters.” Hopefully none of which are human because it kills people.

      We have it all over our property. It used to grow only in the south, but as the weather has changed, many things have moved northwards, especially plants. I had a friend almost die from eating two berries from a nightshade plant, so I’m really careful. Some of these poisonous plants can, I understand, make you pretty high — IF they don’t kill you. And the thing is, it LOOKS delicious. Beware the Queen handing you that beautiful apple 😀

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