Got to go up to Cornell with some students to see some rare manuscripts and Gothic architecture related to their class. The kids took notes and had a good discussion of the Gothic architecture found in the WWI Memorial before they got cold and I decided to improvise and show them some of the warmer, interesting spots on campus.
It was pretty cold and damp so we stopped in to the Sage Chapel (not pictured), the AD White Library where Morgan explored the various levels and catwalks. She later left a curator speechless when the curator claimed there had never been a population disruption in history like the plague in Europe, Morgan pointed out that perhaps 90% of native Americans were wiped out after 1492. Three of the guys tried on the bodies on Libe Slope before going into the Johnson Museum.
The housing development affectionately known as Collegetown Terrorist is really shaping up. The red house in the top picture used to be cloaked in trees and surrounded by beautiful gardens, now it has a five-story apartment building shadowing it. The former owner wasn't interested in being next to the development so took an offer he couldn't refuse.
How's this for an exciting post? This spot has been a problem for over a year but the city hasn't done anything to fix the drainage so a local do-gooder who walks past every day took matters in his own hands and dug a trench so the water drains.
With the restructuring of the garden and a portion fenced in, we had our first carrot harvest this year. With the new beds not all that deep yet the carrots came out pretty short, but as you can see they certainly made up for it in girth. The parsnips suffered a late-season topping when some deer decided the tops were good enough to eat so they didn't get as big as they could have.