HAPPY FEET IN VER­MONT

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I AR­RIVED IN VER­MONT EA­GER TO

ex­pe­ri­ence the state’s fa­mously abun­dant win­ter snow­fall and was not dis­ap­pointed. Driv­ing north up Route 100, ev­ery pretty town I drove through ap­peared to be set within a snow globe. I was booked to stay in a wood cabin in the north, and the owner had promised to take me out sled­ding with his husky pack. When I turned up clad in my best win­ter-wear, my host Jim Blair laughed. ‘Are those the only shoes you have?’, he said, cast­ing a crit­i­cal eye over my leather Chelsea boots, which were al­ready let­ting in icy wa­ter as I stood in five inches of fresh pow­der. He dis­ap­peared into the loft and re­turned with a pair of proper snow boots, which he in­sisted I keep. Ex­cep­tion­ally warm and wa­ter­proof, they kept my toes toasty for the rest of the trip. Jim wouldn’t take a penny for them, ei­ther, in­stead sug­gest­ing I make a do­na­tion to an an­i­mal char­ity, which of course I did. I still wear them on Bri­tish snow days, and do­ing so al­ways makes me think of my kindly bene­fac­tor and his husky en­tourage.

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