To the Editor:

My spouse and I looked for a country house for three years and in three states before we landed in Nettleton Hollow in Washington.

Signs read "Beware of these Two Tire Kickers" in real estate offices from the east end of Long Island to Woodstock, NY.

When our real estate agent drove us into Washington Depot, from Sharon, it was love at first sight for my spouse, who had been born and raised on New York's Upper West Side.

We had no intention of looking at country houses when we rented a car in order to drive up to the Litchfield Hills to look at fall foliage.

By the time we got there, all the leaves were gone from the trees, so why not look at real estate?

While my spouse had lived in Switzerland for two years, spent summers on Fire Island, where we met, and winters in Palm Beach, he would ask, "Why live in the country?"

Our Nettleton Hollow house eventually became our full-time residence when we sold our New York co-op; and our love affair with the town of Washington, and its people, began.

My spouse of 35 years passed away March 20.

I want to thank Washington, from the bottom of my heart, for all your love and caring during this transition, as you are truly an idyllic Brigadoon.

Donations in Ken Cornet's memory can be made to: the After School Arts Program, PO Box 15, Washington Depot, CT 06794, or to the Washington Friends of Music, PO Box 1284, Washington Green, CT 06793.

Joseph A. Mustich

Washington