Inn at Buck Hollow Farm Newsletter Online Edition No.23
October 2005

With gas prices on the rise there are a number of small ways we can all conserve and save. In Vermont the price for unleaded is $2.85 a gallon. Here are some things we can all do:

Top Fuel Saving Tips

1 Avoid High Speeds As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential fashion. Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%.

2 Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.

3 Keep Tires Properly Inflated Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.

4 Use A/C Sparingly When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner.

5 Keep Windows Closed Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%.

6 Service Vehicle Regularly Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels.

7 Use Cruise Control Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas.

8 Avoid Heavy Loads Remove the sand bags from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long trips.

9 Avoid Long Idles If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time

Brad & Jacquie

In this issue
  • Vermont Covered Bridges
  • Corn Flake Muffins
  • Gizmo's Gossip
  • Vermont Events October 2005
  • What's Happening in MONTREAL?

Brad & Jacquie's Kitchen

Corn Flake Muffins

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups corn flakes
1 and 1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Set aside.  Stir corn flakes and milk together in a separate large mixing bowl. Let stand about 2 minutes until cereal is softened. Add egg and oil to this mixture. Beat well. Add flour mixture to wet mixture, stirring only until combined. Portion butter evenly into 12 lightly greased 2-1/2-inch muffin pan cups.

Bake at 400 degrees about 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.



Hi Everyone.

Gizmo here !

This month's column will not go over well with Utah. My sister Gail wrote a song both for and about ME ! Seems she felt too much attention was being given elsewhere so she created this to uplift my spirits.     .....Sung to the tune of the Flintstones.

Meet our Gizmo
He's a big and fluffy happy dog.
Meet our Gizmo
He's a friend in sun or rain or fog.

on a walk he will abide
in your bed he's by your side.


Meet our Gizmo
He's a Wheaten-Briard canine
Buck Hollow canine
A canine for all time.

Love  Gizmo


17TH ANNUAL VERMONT SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL, OCT.  1-2, Champlain Valley Exposition, Route 15, Essex Junction, Vt. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vermont's premier fiber event, with fleece and wool yarns from area producers. Visually stunning hand dyed wools, fine fibers and specialty foods. Eighty-plus vendors and craftspeople. Food and product tasting. Demonstrations and educational workshops, judged classes, sheep herding and youth sheep show. Adult admission is $5, $3 for seniors, and $1 for children under 12. Visit:

10/8/05, Burlington
Giant Pumpkin Festival: Vermont's biggest pumpkins, some over 1,000 pounds, weigh off at this popular event. The Intervale (128 Intervale Road), 11-3 pm. Free. 802-524-6897 or 802-660-3505 Web Site

10/8/05 through 10/9/05, Essex Junction
Champlain Valley Antiques Festival: Vermont's largest indoor antique and collectible show with 200 quality diversified dealers, 40 dealers in room settings. Champlain Valley Exposition (105 Pearl Street), Saturday, 10-5 pm Sunday, 10-4 pm. Admission. 781-862-4039 or 802-878-5545 Web Site


Oct. 22: Everything Fit and Healthy Expo - A new, family-friendly educational one-day event for adults, children and seniors to learn about nutritious cooking, health screenings, fitness and more. Sponsored by the Champlain Initiative, the Vt. Dept. of Health, UVM Extension and Champlain Valley Exposition. 
10/28/05 through 10/30/05, Essex Junction
25th Annual Essex Fall Craft & Fine Art Show: Award winning show with 400+ juried artisans. Champlain Valley Exposition (Pearl Street), Friday, 10-8 pm Saturday, 9-6 pm Sun, 10-5 pm. Admission. 802-878-4786 or 802-879-6837 Web Site


11/5/05 through 11/6/05, Shelburne
Crazy For Quilts: 22nd annual quilt show presented by The Champlain Valley Quilt Guild. The Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms (Harbor Road), 10-5 pm. Admission. 802-482-3075 Web Site

More Vermont Events...



Short, long, red, white, brown, open, closed, with windows or without, there are covered bridges throughout Vermont. They are among our most popular attractions.

Why were bridges covered? Quite simply, for protection from the elements. No, not for the people crossing them, but for the bridges themselves. The easily replaced enclosures provided protection for the structural members and roadbed. Foliage season is the perfect time to visit. For more information, click the links below:

Enosburgh Hopkins
Fairfax Lower or Maple Street
Fairfield East Fairfield
Montgomery Fuller or Blackfalls
West Hill, Creamery or Crystal Springs
Longley, Harnois or Head
We leave you with this poem about covered bridges:

"What stories could these bridges tell
If they could only talk?
They'd tell us of the ones who rode
And those who had to walk, The rich, the poor.....those in-between
Who used their planks to cross,
The soldiers, farmers, businessmen
In buggies, sleighs, by "hoss",
Like sentinels these bridges stand
In spite of flood and fire,
Their rugged, stalwart strength remains
Our future to inspire."

The event takes place in Old Montréal, around Place Jacques-Cartier and the Bonsecours Market. Three special indoor parties and free activities are part of this 3-day celebration. Spirits appear on the streets of Old Montréal. Dry clean your strangest costume!

The Halloween FrightFest

10/01/2005 - 10/23/2005
Halloween FrightFest is back at La Ronde for the fourth year. Come enjoy unforgettable family fun in the world of La Ronde Bewitched. Sensational décor, breath-taking animation, and tons of activities for kids.

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Thanks to our guests who participated in the Street Rod Nationals.

We would like to share a wonderful letter from one of our readers.

My name is Edna Tallarico and I am Brazilian. I went to the USA last year for two months and really enjoyed it. But I have to tell you that I have a dream: to spend some days in Vermont in Fall to see the foliage. It's a dream that I have since I was a child and for the last years I have been collecting as much information as I can about it. I have been receiving your newsletter for some months and after that I browsed your site and I am really delighted with the good standard of your inn. I would like to ask you to keep sending me the newsletter because I love to read it, and in fact I look forward to getting it each month. It's like a trip for me. I don't know when I will have the opportunity to visit Vermont for the first time, but be sure one day I will be booking some days with you. As I told you is an old dream and I will be doing my best to make it real.

Best wishes

Edna Tallarico

from Brazil

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