President’s Notes January 2018

By David DeJohn, NHCLP

January 2018

Okay, I’ve procrastinated enough. Time to get these notes written and sent off as deadline is tomorrow. This is one of the rare times when I’m glad it’s still dark at 6:00 in the morning so I can sit at my desk with my coffee and write without being too antsy to get to work!

This December day’s forecast is calling for snow ­— 1 to 3″ this afternoon and tonight and I’m feeling ready for it. By end of day yesterday all my prep work on two different jobs was complete and materials covered. It was a good feeling to have made my goal and to know that from here on out all I have to do is just show up and build walls. As I mentioned last month the pace will slow down some now and although I still need to get these jobs done I can breathe a little easier, take a little more time. Like yesterday. The conditions were perfect for picking stone with temperatures in the morning in the 20s so the access road was frozen enough to get four loads of stone out before it started to soften up. Once it was too muddy to keep moving stone and rather than start making a mess around the house setting base stones I took a nice long walk out into the woods to explore the 400 acres surrounding the house and discover new caches of stone for future possibilities.

Having just heard Dan Snow give his talk a few weeks ago I felt like I was seeing the rock outcroppings and the walls meandering through the woods with fresh eyes. That’s one of the true, tangible benefits of having an event such as the Dinner Meeting or all the Twilight Meetings we had this past summer, where you can get inspired by such talented speakers and the things they create. Thank you again to Swenson Granite Works for sponsoring the Dinner Meeting and to all those who attended. It was a great turnout and I appreciate the support. A couple ideas have been floated for another one, perhaps up in the Lakes region, so we’ll keep you posted on that. January 17 is the date for our Joint Winter meeting at the Grappone Center in Concord and March 21 is the date for our NHLA/UNHCE Spring Landscape Conference at the Puritan Center in Manchester, so more inspiration is just around the corner!

2017 as predicted was a very busy season and 2018 is looking to be just as crazy (for myself and others I’ve talked to). Right now I have work well into July if not beyond, but I’m hoping it will be a little less chaotic than 2017 was, and I mean that personally, professionally, and politically. Personally, for me, it’s awesome and I have nothing to complain about, but I have been traveling more between here and California to help with aging parents and that’s only going to get more interesting as time goes on. Professionally I’m as busy as I can be and loving it, but running 3-5 jobs at once has got to stop… Yeah, who am I kidding? Politically, all I can say is “What the Hell is going on?”

2017 saw some changes within NHLA and I would like to say a very special thank you to Pam Moreau, our new Business Manager. Pam took over as Business Manager when Guy Hodgdon retired last year and has done a fantastic job of organizing, streamlining, and bringing NHLA into the 21st century! We are very lucky to have you, Pam. Thank You! And thank you to everyone who Chairs and Serves on the committees and on the Board. Your hard work and dedication makes the NHLA what it is.

Happy New Year to you All! Hope you have a great 2018 Season!