Spring In Town

This past week, I drove by Dutter’s Gibbsville Orchard.  The old apple trees, pruned with so much care, are beautiful all year.  They are a wonderful picture of age, and then the spring blossoms, summer growth, and may the harvest be generous.

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From May 2014:

spring in town
dandelions bloom
by the hardware store

Daane Ace Hardware Store
Oostburg, Wisconsin

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Dutch immigrants settled here in the 1840s, as our Village of Oostburg site states.  My father taught history and my interest has grown over the years.  Oostburg has grown in a beautiful way.  We are a small town, and the planning seems to be so thoughtful.  Once upon a time, I was new here.  Now my memories are long.

Blessings, Ellen

Friday afternoon

Karl called my attention to an excellent program at Milwaukee Public Television.  The title is Milwaukee: A City Built on Water, with historian John Gurda.  I enjoyed it and learned so much.  My parents were from Milwaukee.

The program seemed to fit well with Earth Day this week.  We have not always done a good job with our environment, yet we can learn and restore.  We are much more aware of invasive species and native plants now, for example.  People take care to clean their boats before taking them from one river or lake to another.

This morning I went to Target in Kohler early.  So many people said hello and asked if I needed any help.  I saw daffodils and forsythia in bloom, as I wandered home on the small roads.

Water is essential –  that is what was underlined for me today.  Also, to think about the future long after our time here.  Someone may have a vision and plant some seeds, that grow long after they are gone.

From my archives:

learning more
about native plants
I too thrive best
where I belong

Haiku Education Note

The Survey Says question this week at The Haiku Foundation asks for feedback about our Education Page.  On their home page, clicking on HAIKU LESSONS transfers readers to this education work, which in turn links to haiku lessons and many other resources.

Also this week, Kala Ramesh, who has been teaching haiku in India for several years, helped us begin a new area: Stories From The Field.  We saw Kala’s work as Youth Corner Editor for cattails, the online journal for the United Haiku and Tanka Society.  We thought teachers and others who visit THF Education Page would appreciate knowing about this resource as well.

The education work has grown steadily, as Jim Kacian notes in the survey question.  The excellent work of many poets and teachers is there, and organized well.  Dave Russo at THF is the web administrator.

Thank you, Ellen

signs of growth


Daylilies, May 2012

one minute a feeling of accomplishment
and then a feeling of being in first grade again

or perhaps a little older

beginning again at the same place
where something needed to be set aside

for a time

Looking back, I took a few photos for the blog a few years ago as well.  This past Monday, I had returned home from a dentist appointment, and I should be fine until the next check-up in six months.  The rain had made the air so fresh, and the garden was so lovely.

Simple joys and gratitude.  The gardens mostly take care of themselves now. 

This is a favorite poem from my archives:

reading . . . rereading
poetry in many forms
all the perennials

Snow-on-the-mountain, May 2012

Poems and photos by Ellen Grace Olinger