Along the Lakeshore: June 12

Trip to Virginia, dairy farms

The weather turned fine at the end of May and summer is coming on in a roar. College graduations are just about finished and next week we go to Rhode Island to see Hannah graduate from Lincoln, a small Quaker girls’ high school. They just won the New England small school girls’ lacrosse championship. They trailed by eight at halftime and pulled off a real Syracuse trick, scoring the winning goal with eight seconds remaining on the clock. I must say that the opposing coach did not go on to a 30 minute stall and sit on the ball. She must feel that stalling is not the way to end a New England championship game. I hate stalls in lacrosse and I say good for the Portsmouth School, (three or four times bigger than Lincoln) for continuing to play and trying to finish it off with additional scoring.

When we were in Virginia, we saw lots of large long flat fields with winter wheat, just showing the slightest turn from green to yellow. I understand they harvest in the second and third weeks of June and immediately plant a crop of soybeans in the same ground. I’m sure they can’t do this continuously and probably alternate with hay, cotton, and corn. It’s amazing that so many cash crops can grow on the Tidewater land successfully.

When we parked at the Shirley Plantation and walked to the front porch to meet our tour guide, we were asked to turn and look out down the tree-lined lane we had just driven up. Obviously this was a traditional tree-lined lane about a half mile long, just as you’ve seen in the movies. The only difference was that you could see beyond the road we had turned off and the trees continued in an ancient path that must be two or three miles long. A long flat field as I described before, goes just as far. I have seen fields that are miles long in Kansas, but didn’t expect to see them in Tidewater, Va.

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