This is an unsigned and unnamed chalk drawing, probably made by
RSW looking out of the windows of the living room of his home which was
attached to the Southwick studio in Buckland, MA. The blossoming tree is
an Early Transparent apple tree. The view looks across the valley showing
Putts Hill just to the right of the blossoming tree, and East Mountain a little
farther to the right. Visions, like this, bring back memories of my boyhood.
I frequently climbed up this side of Putt's Hill, carrying a sandwich lunch,
then down the other side, to the site of the cellar hole and foundation stones
of the Mary Lyon birthplace.
On the way down the mountain I would have my lunch alongside a small brooklet and
drank the spring water rushing down it. These were the days before anyone knew about beaver
contamination of stream water. Anyway, I never caught any disease.