Stark beauty best describes this valley off Monument Street. The winter sun seems most brilliant on the coldest days, as today most certainly is. While the view itself is supremely peaceful and attractive, I would venture that a walk through would challenge even the hardiest New Englander. The wind whips down into this valley and the snow now breaks under your boot like glass. There is something so strange about a sky illuminated but no warmth whatsoever. I think it’s difficult to wrap our minds around what we’re feeling because it so contradicts what our eyes our telling us. Nevertheless, it is a gift to have a vista such as this in a suburban town 25 minutes outside Boston. The mix of town and country here is a delicate one, not always perfect as a whole but in many of its parts, unrivaled.