Monday, May 13, 2013

Tall trees with view

The line of trees along the top edge of the current Conifer Hill construction project set me to thinking...

This curve of road is familiar. For my first 14 years I lived in a small house on the left (where parking lot by office buildings is now visible); we then moved across the street, up the hill, to a new house at 121 Nichols Street (now 121 Conifer Hill Drive).

I'm astonished at the drastic cutaway of the hill. No trace remains of the foundation of our house or its yard or my mother's gardens, nor of my father's garage. Only some trees back along the property line...

This view is from the intersection of Rand Circle (a road that didn't exist in my day) and Nichols Street (current Conifer Hill Drive).  What's to become of the trees on that ridge? Are any of them the same trees my father climbed?  And his ancestors before him?

See what I wrote for this month's column, published in the Danvers Herald Thursday, May 9, and posted online the next day:

Tall trees with a view to Salem

For more about the Conifer Hill development, see my recent post (below).

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