The Sights and Sounds of Fall

I’m sitting here listening to people walk by on the street. I know they’re walking by because I hear the leaves crunching beneath their feet. I love that sound; it really evokes the whole season.

This morning, I had to make a quick run to Mirepoix. I decided to go early, so it was still chilly and the mist was hanging in the air. It was the first day when I looked at the countryside and saw that the leaves are changing because it’s Fall and not just because of the draught. It always looks so beautiful to see the hillsides in their multi-colored autumn wardrobe. It just makes you want to smile.

On Saturday, there was a protest that came through the village. There is a plan to build a windfarm up on the hills above Sonnac and in one or two other places in the area. I’ve gone through many areas that have them and I don’t find them unattractive. But this windfarm has several things that make me turn against it; one is that it is a private enterprise and it’s not entirely clear who is going to benefit from it. Some of what I’ve read makes me believe that it won’t be the taxpayer.

But the big thing that turns me against it is the idea of doing anything to destroy the beautiful countryside that surrounds us. I have no problem with windfarms in fields. But cutting down trees to get the construction materials up to where they need to go, just seems wrong to me. I think this area is  extraodinarily beautiful and marring it for an “iffy” project seems to be taking a mighty risk.

I’m really trying not to be a NIMBY and being logical about it. I’m a big believer in alternate sources of energy. But we shouldn’t forget that the biofuel movement turned out to be not such a good idea as things stand today. Shouldn’t we think carefully before destroying big hunks of forest that we can’t put back if we’re wrong?

Ciao for now

Randy

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