We had new neighbours move in recently, next door. They arrived quietly while taking a long time to settle in. Movers came and went for what seemed like weeks. There was no for sale sign. No introductory knock on the door. While not out of place in the city, it's a little odd in a place where you'll never know when you'll need to rely on your neighbour so it's best you at least know his name but some people prefer to keep to themselves. So far, they're very quiet and, evidently, shy as well. They do appear, however, to be quite interested in the bees. They stare at them intently all morning long. I do believe you might say they're enraptured by the bees because they really do watch them all morning, every morning. The bees are oblivious to their movie star status, they've got a job to do and the clock is ticking.
One morning, deciding that I really should be a better neighbour, and partly on edge because of the daily stare down, I decided it best to introduce myself and quickly discovered that they don't talk much. That's okay, either do I. And that my friends, is what just might be the perfect neighbour relationship for both parties; especially for someone who has escaped the city in order to enjoy the slow, tranquil days of country life. So without further ado, let me introduce you to Sonny and Ray.
This time of year they're obscured by our willow trees around the pond, come winter I have a feeling our relationship will change drastically.
I am a big proponent of alternative energy sources and while I seriously wouldn't want to look at a hundred of these each time I look out my window, you won't catch me being a NIMBY about solar panels or wind turbines. What I did find a little disconcerting was that on his own initiative, the Artist talked to the installers when they first arrived, to find out what they were up to. The one fellow said, "well, if I was in your situation, I would want to know what was going on." And with that, proceeded to explain what they were doing. If the land management we've witnessed isn't indication enough, I think this says much about the farmer who toils on this land.