Greetings from The Gambier House, the land of the locusts!! The 17-year cicadas have emerged in the Village and are fascinating and repelling visitors and residents alike. It sounds like they are on the wane, which is most welcome after two weeks of the incessant humming racket they produce. Not to mention the litter of shells and bodies they leave behind. For more than you want to know about the critters, stop by Kenyon’s Higley Hall on June 11th at 2pm! The rest of us are hiding behind closed doors and windows until it is over for another 17 years.
In other news, strawberry season is in full swing and I’m about ready to put up some jam; our vegetable garden has been planted; the peonies and iris are done but day lillies are on their way; and a cool spell is about to give way to more hazy, hot and humid weather.
Middle Path is a war zone of construction but many of the plantings have found their way into local gardens. So the campus isn’t quite as pretty as usual and getting around can be a bit of a challenge.
Our summer weekends are booked pretty much through the beginning of August (this is a BIG year for weddings at The Gambier House). Weekdays have much wider availability, so do think about that midweek cycling or kayaking getaway, not to mention the college visiting.
It is with profound sadness that I announce the death of our beautiful Hotspur: breakfast supervisor, greeter and all around extraordinary English Setter. He was nearly 13 years old and has been with me almost since the beginning of my innkeeping tenure. He was a treasure and a huge loss. All who knew him are very lucky indeed. Our dear Pogo, the Cockapoo, has big shoes to fill in the House but I can already tell she is up to the task. Hope you get a chance to meet her soon.
As always, Amish country is just up the road, the Kokosing Gap Trail is down the hill and floating season on the Kokosing River has begun.
We hope you’ll join us on a porch rocker, they are ready for you.
E.J. Heer and Pogo, Innkeepers