We came home from the Civic Center in Augusta filled with hopeful optimism that lingers with us even now, after spending the day at the Maine Agricultural Trade Show on Tuesday.
What could be better than staying in the comfort and warmth of your house during one of Maine’s famous snow-storms? This is the view from the back door of the Runamuk homestead. From here you can see down over the hillside, and across to the neighbors’ through the snow and wind. The gardens of the summer have all been blanketed;… Read more »
I was downright giddy as I left the house just as the sun was coming up Saturday morning. The only vehicles on the road seemed to belong to men dressed in hunter orange, and I imagine that my excitement at going to my first-ever beekeeper’s conference surpassed their’s at a prospective day of hunting. It took me two hours to… Read more »
Today I’m off to Reddington Memorial Home in Skowhegan to talk to the elderly folks there about bees and beekeeping. It’s safe to say that this is one of my favorite aspects of being president of the Somerset Beekeepers. People are naturally curious about beekeeping, it seems to hold some mystique and allure. Perhaps it’s the idea of thousands of… Read more »
So what if I’m quickly becoming known as the local “Bee-lady”–that’s not so bad (better than being the crazy cat-lady, if you ask me). Bees have been very good to me. In the three years since I brought home my first colony, my life has changed dramatically–in a very positive way. I did not expect to be so taken with… Read more »
On Tuesday the boys and I went to the Madison Public Library to participate in the second session of their Summer Reading program. They’ve put together a really great line-up this year, which includes craft-sessions, a balloon demonstration–and a presentation called “Owls of Maine”. Winter has long been fascinated by owls–all animals really, but a special interest in owls, so… Read more »
Things are growing good here at the Runamuk micro-farm and the spring garden is well on it’s way. Our first delivery of “super-loam” from Lynch Landscaping in Skowhegan, Maine arrived Monday evening and I was so happy I could have rolled around in that beautiful stuff! And wouldn’t you know it–the man who delivered the soil was one of my… Read more »
Somehow I lost my Maine Atlas, which is a key tool to roaming the state, so I had to go track down a new one. Wal-Mart didn’t seem to have one. Campbell’s True Value didn’t have one. Eventually I managed to find one at Irving’s, though I was informed that once those in stock are gone they will no longer… Read more »