Friday, April 23, 2010

Spring/Earth Day/Garden

Welcome to Spring on Monhegan.....

Spring! soft fuzzy light and yellow buds and blossoms-daffodils, dandelions and forsythia-and purple flowers mingling in the grass that smell of spearmint.

More visitors from New Haven! Terry Dagradi, Travis and Jim Martin made their debut on Monhegan for 2 absolutely sunny, warm and perfect days...we dragged them out for a 3 hour hike practically right off the boat and they not only enjoyed it, they loved it. Here we are on the grassy patch up high on the North side of Whitehead...then they participated fully in all the Earth Day events with the Monhegan School. Even picking up trash, (not what one usually does on vacation) playing kickball with the community, and an hour long "Lights Out" walk through town from 8-9pm. We imagined getting a gang together for a Full Moon Hike through Edgewood Park. It can happen. Someone call FOEP!

The kids are putting in a garden for lettuce and potatoes, in front of the school, and i came by to help pull out sod, rocks and turn soil with them.

Here it is, just about ready for the seedlings the kids started inside. Why, lettuce? Captain John Smith (in the late 1400's) landed on Monhegan and apparently, planted the first lettuce garden in New England. Our resident master gardener thought it'd make sense for the school kids to follow in tradition. The pole in the center of the garden says "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in many languages, a sculpture that was erected a few years ago.

And this cheerful little logo my girl put on her Earth Day T-shirt ... she explained she really wanted to draw a sun, but she was supposed to draw her "dream for the world" which was that "everyone on the earth had a house to live in" here she combined those two things. wasn't it Picasso who said he spend decades trying to draw like a child?

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