Friday, September 10, 2010

Week's End, Re-charging . . .

Wow! That was a busy, busy week. The academic workplace demands such a change of energy to move from research, reading, and coursework prep into active teaching mode. And the beginning of term, creating a positive and productive classroom dynamic among 30 or so hesitant yet eager new students, is especially adrenaline-dependent. Learning the names of 90 students, introducing course goals credibly and effectively, asserting expectations clearly, and, above all, getting a lively discussion going and motivating reading and writing as quickly as possible among students who don't know each other. My social energy depleted by the time I get home, I'm so grateful that newly-retired Pater, in my weekday domestic space for the first time in many, many years, understands. Rather than expecting (or trying to initiate) a lively conversation when I step inside the door, he merely kisses me and gestures to dinner ready on the stove. This could work, this husband-at-home arrangement I so worried about . . .

He's been working on a few projects in the garden -- perhaps I'll feature those later -- but this week, all I've done out there is admire the last of the summer colour and the emergence of the richer fall tones. Top to bottom here: Pheasant Berry (Leycesteria formosa) berries (also commonly known as Himalayan Honeysuckle); then the Hardy Fuschia, a survivor from an original garden on this property, decades old; and finally, the lovely climbing rose, Awakening. This last is a sport of the much-acclaimed New Dawn; it can be difficult to find, but I lucked into it about ten years ago at the Old Rose Nursery on Hornby Island and I see it listed still in their catalogue.


As sumptuously pink and petalled as it is, it boasts a rich fragrance as well (like Hostess, I wouldn't have a rose that didn't!)
The gardens, a husband chef, a nap or two, a Battlestar Gallactica DVD, and I'll be powered up for week two. I'll be back in this space over the weekend -- a few more garden photos, some movie notes, and the last installment of my portrait essay. Meanwhile, though, how are you powering-up, re-charging after your own busy weeks?