Don't freak out or anything but summer is officially dones-ville in just a couple of days.
In terms of trends in green home and garden-land, it was a big season for net-zero energy housing. And, of course, a perennially popular subject 'round these parts fared well: landscaping and property disputes. One related story, on a guy in Oregon with a whole lot of rainwater on his hands (or in his manmade ponds, rather), proved to be quite attention-grabbing and even garnered me my first piece of hate e-mail in quite some time. From a caps-happy reader in NYC named Jan:
I am writing to you because of your inane article regarding the Oregon man who had "amassed" 13 million gallons of "illicit" rainwater ON HIS PRIVATE PROPERTY. Stop being a BUSYBODY. Does this affect you, Mr. Hickman, PERSONALLY. Do YOU own this man's property? What BUSINESS is it of yours to tell someone what they can or cannot do on THEIR OWN PRIVATE PROPERTY. It is people like YOU that I DISPISE who stick their NOSES into other people's PRIVATE BUSINESS.
Tell me how you really feel, lady.
This was also a somewhat big summer for me as I took my first proper week off in, well, forever. I embarked on an eight day road trip across New York with stops in the Catskills, Cooperstown, and Lake George. It all ended with a wonderful weekend with friends at a lake cabin in the tippy-top of the Adirondacks. During the week, I hit up a couple of farmers markets, met a couple of Muffler Men
, saw a bear cross the road in Bearsville, watched a movie at a drive-in theater, dined at an excellent locavore restaurant,
went to a couple of great museums
, played mini-golf, hiked to the top of a waterfall
, and fell in love with an ice cream joint
in Sharon Springs. I've included a few photos from my summer adventures, below.
What’s been your favorite post from this past summer? Was there a particular trend or story that I missed out on that you would like to have seen featured? And are there any hot topics that you'd like to see me tackle this fall and beyond? As always, muchos gracias for reading and if you aren't already, follow me on Twitter to keep up to speed.
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