Mud Season: How One Woman's Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, and Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity After Another

Mud Season: How One Woman's Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, and Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity After Another

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After a getaway in gorgeous rural Vermonta€”its mountains ablaze in autumnal glory, its Main Streets quaint and welcominga€”Ellen Stimson and her family make up their minds even before they get back to St. Louis: a€œWea€™re moving to Vermont!a€ The reality, they quickly learn, is a little muddier than they'd imagined, but, happily, worth all the trouble. In self-deprecating and hilarious fashion, Mud Season chronicles Stimsona€™s transition from city life to rickety Vermont farmhouse. When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, pop. 2, 036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the country, she learns the hard way that a€œimprovementsa€ are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way theya€™d always been. She dreams of patrons streaming in for fresh-made sandwiches and an old-timey candy counter, but she learns theya€™re boycotting the store. Why? a€œThe bread, a€ they tell her, a€œyou moved the bread from where it used to be.a€ Can the citified newcomer turn the tide of mistrust before she ruins the business altogether? Follow the author to her wita€™s end and back, through her full immersion into rural lifea€”swapping high heels for muck boots; raising chickens and sheep; fighting off skunks, foxes, and bears; and making a few friends and allies in a tiny town steeped in history, local tradition, and that dyed-in-the-wool Vermont a€œcharacter.a€And just who was going to kindle my own childa#39;s wonderful sense of humor and irony for eight hours every day? Who better than me? Who better ... But then there was math. The store would be good for math. Maybe we would have Eli work at the register sometimes with John, and he could learn to make change. I bet theanbsp;...


Title:Mud Season: How One Woman's Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep, and Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity After Another
Author: Ellen Stimson
Publisher:The Countryman Press - 2013-10-07
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