“Tis the Season of Gift-Giving!
As a new member of the Friends of Topsmead, I am honored that President Carol Gould has asked me to take over the writing of her “News” page on the FTSF website. I will be weaving in my reflections and experiences of Topsmead along with Carol’s news items. So here we go...
One morning after Thanksgiving weekend, as I was burning off the first set of holiday calories by walking up the lane at Topsmead towards Edith Chase’s cottage, I was struck by the peaceful repose of the landscape. The songbirds of summer had flown south; the leaves of fall were composting; the gardens had been put to sleep; the cottage had withdrawn into its boarded, curtained winter dreams. The repose reminded me that I have always been sad for gardens in Santa Barbara, CA where one of my sisters lives, because they have to grow and bloom all year round without the reflective, rejuvenating respite of winter.
As I continued walking out into the fields past the cottage, my thoughts turned to holiday gift-giving. After all, “tis the season” is fast approaching. But the consumerism afoot in the world, especially after the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, got me thinking about a gift of sharing something special versus a gift of more stuff.
Renewing or gifting a FTSF membership is so easy. Just go to the following link to pay online or by mail. https://www.friendsoftopsmead.org/become-a-member.html Why not do it before the snow flies and check off a few folks on your holiday gift list? Membership benefits include:
And hey, why not give a gift to Topsmead itself? Here are two ways. It’s so easy!
Here’s to a “tis the season” of rejuvenating gift-giving and reflection!
FTSF New NewsBlogMistress
Hello Everyone, Brrrrrrrr,
Winter is certainly sweeping in quickly here in New England and Jani Golding and her crews have been working hard to get Topsmead ready for this. She has had some help recently from some students (and their teacher) from Explorations Charter School. Some hardy FTSF volunteers (as ably orchestrated by Marylou Gottler) have organized and been overseeing the work by this student group on Friday mornings at Topsmead. You may have seen them there? The students are learning some landscaping skills, such as how to plant trees, and gaining school credit while they do so.
In this and other ways we have been busier than ever this fall, even though I thought things would calm down after the summer season! Other FTSF happenings in the past month or so include:
Carol Gould, FTSF President