Frank worked on a village improvement lecture today. I just found out that my tea culture honors course will be funded for the fall. It will be so great to use the stipend to share teaware, tea and ceremonies with a small group of students. We will meet at my house in the garden for some of these. Will share teas from travels around the world, too.
Frank writes about a wintry day, but notes that the fruit show got off to a good start. We have a wintry mix as well. I am conspiring with my Austin friends how we might help the bake for Japan effort in California. Last year they raised $23,000 for Haiti. I offered to contribute a new series of postcards to the benefit. The ones at Postcards from the Edge in NYC for the aids benefit sold for $85 each; that benefit made over $73,000 this year. My postcard, with origami quilting and band aids, is attached.
Frank complains about the terrible condition of the roads; he also had visits from two Cornell colleagues and attended a student concert in the evening with Alice. I am up before the crack of dawn, not being able to sleep last night very well. I am going to have some Bakewell pudding for breakfast. It reminds me of my visit to the Peak District and Sheffield University.
It was the official beginning of Farmer’s Week as Frank described. My colleague Patricia McGirr and I finished grading all the projects from sophomore studio today. She is incredibly organized with all her records that I am taking inspiration from her to improve. I did bring in some upside down figgy cake to the office today. Not many folks were around since it is spring break.
Frank has what he calls his hard day of work, which was a Monday. He gave an address to the folks at farmer’s week in the evening. It is daylight savings Sunday today, with overcast skies, and now spring break. I made a ricotta and fresh maple syrup custard, half of which I will also turn into ice cream later today.
Frank and his family came home from church in the rain. Fortunately, any rain here today is holding off. We have milder temperatures and even a bit of sun peaking out from time to time. Oops, I spoke too soon. The rains just moved in with some strong wind gusts. Today I made a Bakewell pudding which reminded me of my trip years ago to Bakewell and Sheffield University.
Frank and Alice had a little drive in the mud today. This morning we had heavy downpours creating a muddy soup outside with the dirty snowbanks melting. Most of the day we graded projects from studio today and hope to finish on Monday.
Frank had a headache this morning, went to Northampton for osteopathy later, and then on to Easthampton to rest. Today was the last day my writing section would meet before spring break. We discussed the visual books they must create and ideas for their proposal project. Not great attendance!
Frank reports a long day with 4 hours in the lab. I spent 4 hours with Patricia McGirr poring over Project 1 as we begin to grade the work from the sophomores. Later I got an email from the local TV show, channel 22, inviting me back to cook another recipe, this time fish.
Frank is so funny. He refers to Fred Sear’s students as shorthorns. He showed them lantern slides of Hale’s place. Then in Granby that evening he lectured on village improvement. I had a busy day. Lectured on visual books in writing. Then off to a meeting in Turners. Found out that I have a new work accepted for a show at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in Brooklyn next month.