March 15, 2020. Self-quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic opens up windows of opportunity for writing and website updates. Here are stories where Stan and I have been far away from Whitesfields Farm. Often, we find ourselves attracted to agricultural settings. Upon returning home from international destinations, we are energized and inspired to work harder and smarter with our farming endeavors. We are anxious to travel again after the global pandemic subsides.
In December 2019 Stan and I enjoyed visiting a coffee and chocolate plantation in the eastern region of Dominican Republic. In March 2019 Abbie travelled with a Worcester State University group to the DR western frontier and Haiti. We try to make annual trips to the Quebec Province. Driving by farms is as interesting as our destination in Quebec City, Montreal, Sherbrooke or Gatineau.
The two PDFs describe our 2017 and 2018 trips to Sao Miguel Island in the Azores. The 2018 trip was written specifically for a Herbal Community of Central Massachusetts blog.
July 5, 2020: Abbie misses the profound satisfaction of arranging flowers monthly on the altar of Trinity Episcopal Church in Ware. Shown in the image are her zinnias, gomphrena, zebra grass, and amaranth. This quote speaks to her heart. “Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day- like writing a poem or saying a prayer.” ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea