If you start with the Middle English arbour, that comes from the Old French word erbier (literally field, meadow, kitchen garden), and the root erbe (“grass, herb”), from the Latin herba (“grass, herb”) you might even get to the phonetic shift to ar- by associating with the Latin word arbor, or tree.
Every day is arbor day at Water Run Farm. For you just can’t get far from the field, the meadow, the kitchen garden, the erbe, or the arbor. And we continue to converse with the trees that are tangled in the past, present and future vision of our farm. This week we hosted our friend Godfrey Renaud and his crew to do some work we can’t do because we don’t have a crane or a chipper that can eat logs the size of your left leg.
Which brings us to the word arbour: “A shady sitting place, usually in a park or garden, and usually surrounded by climbing shrubs or vines and other vegetation.” And this is exactly as we are here in our planning as we envision the next phase in the ongoing project that is Water Run Farm. Stay tuned!