And the roads are set out in neat grids, so they are often straight. In this picture, I can see the trees way down the road that are a couple miles away.
They have to be very hardy to survive the wind, storms, snow and cold!
On another note, this is a quilt that my mom just finished. It's about 80" square or thereabouts, made from 5" squares. It's for her great-granddaughter, Aurora. She has hand quilted it, with a shape or letter or number or object in each square. The dark pink in the star and border is a paisley, which she quilted following the lines of the paisley shapes. Now she just has to get it out to Washington for Aurora!
And I've done a little hand-stitching, too, working on a UFO that I wrote about here last year. I basted the whole works to a background fabric, and I have been stitching the outside edge to the background, like an applique stitch. I'm over halfway around. Then I need to decide what to do. I think I want it for the center of my dining room table, so I might put a very thin batting (or heavy flannel) under it with a backing fabric, then do some big-stitch hand quilting to hold the layers together. I'm in no rush, so I will give it a bit more thought before I land on what I want. The directions for the hexagon design were part of a sew-along from Sue Daley's blog over at suedaleydesigns.com. It was called the Forget-Me-Not Sew Along, and you can get the instructions there at no charge. I only did a portion of the sew-along, deciding that I didn't need a huge project!