Back in time, and up the stairs….

 Years ago, friends and I rented a house at 39 Paige St in Amherst, MA when I was finishing college, just out of the Marine Corps. In my room, with the Hobbit paperback in hand, and borrowing from the book covers, I endeavored to paint Middle Earth across three full walls of the room — both in Day-glow paints for under black light at night or when you’re stoned…, and in regular pastels for daylight.
     It was a masterpiece, if I do say so, correct in every minute real and imagined detail. The art dept. held a field trip. Others just toked up and had a trip.
     25 years later, when a huge organic farm in Amherst invited me to manage their operation, I returned to 39 Paige St., and inquired about the painting at the room at the top of the stairs. The lad asked if I knew about the painting. “Yeah, I painted it.” I said. He almost wet his pants.
     I walked up, tuned the corner, and there it was, meticulously restored and intact. Nobody lived in the room anymore; it was simply dubbed “Middle Earth.” on the door.
     Made my day.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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