Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The New Neighbours

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. 
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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.

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~Be well friends~


13 comments:

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Oh, you bet it does! Good grief...what else do you know about them by now? Kids, pets...air landing strips?

Your peeps wanna know!
LYLAS!
xo, misha

Jocelyn said...

Wow. Those are major. I certainly hope they're working to gather enough energy to light up the entire farm. Wow.

Buttons said...

Wow I have been just taking pics of the same thing. They seem to be popping up everywhere. There is a real push on in Ontario. My Hero and I were thinking it was a good idea till we heard the price. Someone quoted us $85,000 for one panel boy that is a lot of money. I love the way you worded this. B

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i do admire his initiative. but are you worried he's a bit of a survivalist or something?

Deb said...

Wow. There's some big bucks there.

Low Tide High Style said...

Kind of changes the whole landscape doesn't it?! And only you could make solar panels look lovely and ethereal!

Kat :)

Barb said...

hmmm, not sure . . . keep us informed . . .

Kim said...

My husband dreams of going off grid but wind power would be the source here in Oklahoma. Interesting...

camp and cottage living said...

We almost bought a home that relied on solar for their electricity. Their lifestyle was no different than anyones. But they did have a whole room dedicated to batteries, etc for its function.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

nice and quiet neighbors!!

Lisa said...

Around here it's windmills! They're popping up everywhere. Oh btw, what's a NIMBY?

Rose said...

Well, like you, I probably wouldn't mind these two so bad...but sure would not want to look at a bunch of them.

However, I am fascinated by the wind turbines. I would love to be able to see what they do in some of the storms we have around here.

Actually, this makes me wonder if what you have here would stand up to our winds.

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

How timely... I just finished a post on Cutting the Apron Strings from the Grid. It will be visible tomorrow. I take it these are not your panels, but a neighbors?

BTW, another LOVELY header pic!! I really like the font you added and the photoshop editing! The best yet!!