Friday, 20 July 2018
Today I took the trip I'd planned for yesterday - to the west and south along the Connecticut River.
That elaborate one on the left I think is the old opera house - which suggests a much grander past. It now has shops and offices in it, including the local Chamber of Commerce.
The church on the right is elaborate in a very different way and I don't think my photo did it justice. That statue in the foreground was a surprise. I went to look at the inscription just out of curiosity and found this: "Erected in honor of the soldiers of Claremont who died in the rebellion of 1861-1965 by their grateful fellow citizens. The date on it is 1869. First time I've seen the Civil War called a rebellion on a statue.
The thing about the town of Claremont, though, is that it's trying very hard - it's clean and has flowers everywhere - but downtown has about a 60% vacancy rate. Those vacant stores are the very nicest looking vacant stores I've ever seen, but they're still vacant. I can't decide if it's on it's way up or down, but they're putting a very brave face on it, whichever way it is.
|Col. John Willard House 1784|
There are also quite a few buildings from the 1800s.
|South Parish Unitarian Church 1842|
|Silsby Free Library 1893|
|First, there was this one about the Battle of Bennington VT|
|Then there was this one about the Liberty Tree.|
|I think this is the elm tree the plaque is referring to.|
|And, on a lighter note, there was this one.|
|This is the bridge, which is closed, and there's so much vegetation it's hard to see anything without going down there.|
|This RR bridge is right next to the other, and these rocks are on the NH side. I don't know if the 2 different colors mean they're different types of rocks or not. Well, I tried. I just don't know enough.|
To me, not eating is a clear sign that a critter has given up. Not if he's just sick or hot or something - but when they vet has told me they're dying, I usually wait for the critter to tell me when it's time. I think Jasper is saying he's done.
18 years is a reasonable life for a kitty. Neither that fact nor the fact that his body is giving out makes it easier for me to give him up, but it's time. I have an appointment back in Concord at 11:00 tomorrow morning. Very sad.