Mid to late April here in mid-coast Maine is a real test of one’s patience as well as wardrobe. From one day to the next one does not know what to wear as the weather is so unpredictable. Many staff’s vehicles can be seen with a back seat full of the possible “layers” that may be needed on any given day. Winter has been long and we all want it to be over, and yet we get the real hints some days of the weather that is just around the corner with a stunningly beautiful sun filled day, then followed by a 20 degree overnight and 30 degree mornings. Today struggled to hit 40 with a damp Atlantic breeze nipping at our campus. Warmer days are coming!
Weekly schedules and curriculums are being formatted for summer and outdoor activities. The Character Development class held at the FH School has hit its semester end. The allocated time for that class will now be available for enrichment times with Gardening/Horticulture, Journalism/Photography and outdoor recreation. In addition, we will be having sports recreation including, not just playing but sports experientials. Outdoor sports activities will not just focus on play, but on the introduction of sports that residents have never played. An emphasis on understanding the sport not just for its physical benefit but on the rules, regulation and strategies will be emphasized.
Outdoor beautification takes on a new function as all of the unseen debris from winter, covered by months of snow cover is now ready to be cleaned up. Fallen branches, errant rocks and gravel and displaced sod from shoveling and plowing needs to be removed from the lawns and flower-beds.
FH residents took an afternoon this week and volunteered at a local elderly resident’s home in assisting them with just such aforementioned beautification. In addition, they travelled to Camp Fairhaven, a local summer kid’s camp, to assist in preparing their stable of horses for their upcoming riding season. Our residents brushed horses, picked hooves, primped and fussed over the equines as they shook off their winter dust. It is keen to note that our residents having been schooled with months of equine care and horsemanship and they were confidently able to place all of their best practices as they took their show on the road.
Frye campus, being more geographically located in the forested area of our campus is engaging the new life experiences that occur in the dense woods of Northern New England. Different species of birds arrive daily. Turkeys are gobbling and Ruffed Grouse can be heard “drumming” on a not so distant log. Chipmunks and Red Squirrels are out and about foraging for the little ones tucked into dens in the walls and trees surrounding Frye. The streams that traverse through Frye are filled with the run-off of melting snow all along the south slopes of Frye Mountain. They are swollen with ice cold water and are full of aquatic life. These same streams will be rendered dry pathways by late August. It is a beautiful time of new life, mild weather, and hopes of things to come….much like the Ironwood journey…
Thanks for allowing your child to be part of our lives!