Essex 9-25-10

Ginny and I made our rounds this morning, stopping at the transfer station and then on to downtown, where an excavator was digging up Main Street. We saw the first length of sewer pipe placed in the trench and aligned with a laser. The excavator will be used for trench work until serious rock is encountered, probably near the town hall. Then a giant toothed wheel will go into action, with perhaps some blasting to handle the most difficult sections.

This Saturday night, Sept. 25, a film by Iranian director Shirin Neshat will be shown at the Willsboro school. Shirin herself will be there to introduce the movie, which has earned great reviews and a big award in Venice. I believe she once had a house in Essex, and may now have a place in Westport. Her works are beautiful to look at and carry an air of deep mystery - it's quite an honor to have such an accomplished artist appear here.

My sweet corn crop was excellent this year, and the raccoons pretty much left it alone. In past years an electric fence was necessary to prevent wholesale theft. I did lose a few ears to coyotes, or at least I'll blame them. They are neater eaters than raccoons, who get into the center of the patch and pull stalks down. Coyotes pull the ears off and carefully eat every last kernel, leaving the cob in the lawn. I suspect coyotes because nearby there was a tell-tale dropping, or as Amy might say, contribution.

I've been scouring farmers markets and local farm stands for garlic bulbs to plant next month. My garlic this year was on the small side, so I'm trying to improve my luck with some outside talent. Garlic should be planted in late October, so you have plenty of time to find local garlic and prepare the bed.

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