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Connecticut's Last Green Valley

The Last Green Valley is two things - it's the 35-town National Heritage Corridor in eastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts, and it’s also your member-supported, non-profit stewardship organization working locally to celebrate our heritage, conserve our natural resources, and respect our working lands.

Needless to say, out here in "the Quiet Corner", there are lots of trees, rolling hills, countryside and fresh air.  Varying my route to and from Tai Chi, I pass by such bucolic surroundings that I just have to stop and savor.  Getting out of the car and inhaling deeply suddenly it hits me...
fresh manure!!!

Cough, cough, gag, gag, choke, choke...

Moving on and entering class smiling, I can't help but wonder if I reek of manure or if it's just lingering in my nostrils.  Yet no one seems to be offended by my presence.

"Lets do some gentle crane stretches to begin with," our instructor states.
Suddenly my mind is drawn to the present and the smell of manure vanishes.

What do you do when you smell fresh manure?
(This ought to invoke some great comments!!)

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The smell of fresh manure , brings me back to the reality of nature.
_The only time I dont like it, is when my dogs roll in it and come wagging their tails to greet me. !!
In Switzerland, the manure is ploughed back into the landscape.. sometimes the smell is strong.
I remember once asking my daughter, what was that smell and she replied manure..nothing wasted here.
I also think of plants.. good for some.
Am sure you didnt smell JP:
What a beautiful heritage sight indeed..
val xx
I try not to step in it:) Hug B
Looks too pretty to smell that bad :-)
TexWisGirl said…
a beautiful view! thanks (in advance) for linking in!
Karen Lakis said…
I may be strange, but as long as the smell isn't completely overwhelming - I actually like it. It makes me think of farms and fields and the lack of hustle and bustle. This is a beautiful scene!
TexWisGirl said…
thank you, dear!
betty-NZ said…
What a serene shot. I rent a small farm house that is surrounded by dairy pastures. It's almost winter here in New Zealand, so the smell of silage from the surrounding farms is in the air a lot--and the smell makes me appreciate being out in the quiet countryside.
Ida said…
That's such a lovely scene but if "manure" lingers nearby my nose would protest greatly. That's why I'm a city girl. Of course we have 6 cats all using the same litter box so I'm aware of fresh (poo) on a daily basis.
Ann said…
oh you are just too funny.
I do frequently drive through farm country and the scent of manure always makes me say "farm fresh"
Ruth Kelly said…
That photo is pretty enough to be on a postcard.
MarmePurl said…
What a view!
I am surrounded by cows, so the scent of 'fertilizer' is just part of the everyday.
Anonymous said…
Wonderful photos! Manure, not so wonderful. Ha!
Love the view and manure. Brings back memories of when I was a child at my grand parents home.
LV said…
That manure sure makes a beautiful country sight. So pretty and green.
21 Wits said…
From here, all I see is beauty!
Felicia said…
I don't know how I missed your fence post but its a pretty capture. Manure isn't too bad unless it liquid then its awful.
Anonymous said…
I'm getting used to it. There's a huge cow farm in town and when the weather is right, you can smell it. It's not entirely unpleasant.
Carola Bartz said…
Such a beautiful, peaceful picture. I don't have anything against manure!

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