Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Too Long Since My Last Post . . .Here's the Update

Photo: K. Iuppa

It's the last day of May. Our gardens  still haven't been turned over yet.  Our seedlings are jumping out of their containers.The weather has been very wet (many rain & wind storms) and dreary. Lake Ontario is at a new high and threatening  all the homes along its shoreline. We're hoping for a few days of sun and light wind to dry out our soggy earth.  Over the Memorial Day weekend, I did get a start on the many chores of our little farm. So much to do, so many hours in a day, so many other things I'm plotting to do this summer.  This is either a good sign or bad sign.  Peter and I are getting ready to learn the art of beekeeping.  This week we will get  our first hive. There is so much to learn.  So, with good luck and wild flowers, we will have honey by September. I do hope the bees like Red Rooster Farm.

Next, in the South garden, we discovered rows of garlic, and it's growing, growing, growing. The heads are going to be robust and flavorful (hot, actually).  Oh, this is such good news. Onions too are happy in this current weather.


Recent past:  The Spring 2017 semester galloped to the finish line.  I received The New York State Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.   The award ceremony was at The College at Brockport on May 18th, 2017. It was a special moment in my career as a teacher.

Photo: Nick Tonery

I'm finishing up residencies and reports, and taking time to reflect on all that has happened this year. Small Worlds Floating continues to receive positive reviews.  I am in the process of booking readings and workshops; looking forward to traveling a bit and meeting new poets and writers  and readers in the process.

I'm hoping to post more  frequently about the farm, beekeeping, and the writing life.

Stay tuned!