The rains came down again. They said it wouldn’t rain and it did, again. Oh well, the sun will come back, again and the flowers and garden veggies will bloom. I have some squash flowers and tomatoes already. As I weed more, I get hopeful.
I promised I would tell the story of the duck and the chicken. I will spare you the poem. It is too long. But this spring, a feral cat ate all our chicks and one of our ducks. That left one lone duck and Lefty, our four-year-old chicken. When we introduced them they were wary of each other. Both had survived attacks by other animals. They circled for what seemed like days. Then they both realized they were alone and they became friends. Now when Gertrude (the duck) comes out of her house in the morning, she starts quacking to Lefty to come out of the tree and meet her. When Lefty finally comes down, Gertrude quacks and quacks while she runs as fast as her little legs can carry her and then they spend the rest of the day together, eating greens and exploring. Gertrude also swims in a small pool we got for her and splashes all around. If someone comes she jumps up and runs to safer grounds. They are fun to watch. Such is the life of a country bumpkin.
Yesterday we met the folks who are trying to reopen Pop’s on Route 118, Maryanne and David (Digger). They are planning on diner style eating and a second hand store on the other side. They are awaiting state licensing to open. Look for them in the future.
This being a new month there are all sorts of happenings. Thursday, Aug. 1, ACOA will meet at 10 a.m. at the Waterford Library. This is a discussion group and all Adult Children are welcome. FMI please call 739-9115.
Friday, Aug. 2, there will be a meet and greet at the Frost Farm Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. at 272 Pikes Hill in Norway. This is a new show, “Flight: Metaphors in Motion,” featuring Maya Best and Guitarist/Singer Brad Hooper. The show is free and open to the public. The exhibit will go until Aug. 31.
Monday, Aug. 5, Socrates café will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Waterford Library. The topic is “Should we limit growth?” The moderator is Earl Morse. This is a forum to discuss topics in a friendly warm environment. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. FMI call 583-6957.
Tuesday, Aug. 6, there will be an author’s night at the Waterford Library with Amity Shlaes. Shlaes is the author of “The Forgotten Man” and “The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Americans Crazy.” FMI call 583-2050.
Thursday, Aug. 8, there will be a supper at the Albany Church on Hunt’s Corner Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. Supper starts at 5:30. Cost is $ 7 adults, $4 children 12 and under.
The annual Hazardous waste day will be Aug. 10 in Norway at the Norway/South Paris Transfer Station 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Residents from Norway, Paris, Buckfield, Sumner, Harrison, Otisfield, Waterford and Albany can dispose of their hazardous waste for no cost – up to 25 gallons. This is sponsored by Oxford County Regional Solid Waste and AVCPG. FMI call 783-9186 or check with your local town office.
That is enough for this week. Hopefully the thunder storm will allow it to transmit. Have a great week and let me know if there is anything you want to add – 739-9115.