Being a faithful blogger requires at least these two things: being near a computer and sitting down. Lately, I have done neither.
When everything starts to burst wide open outside these walls, I am there each step of the way. The grass is green and it smells like grass (ahhhhhh).
Leading this semi-agrarian life has its many rewards. But most of them come as a result of plain ol' hard labor. That's why I'm out there and not in here when the weather is my friend.
Take our happy flock of hens. Fun to watch. Beautiful fresh eggs. Lots of reasons to love them. But with hens that are truly free-rangers comes the added task of ever watching for the occasional hawk or rare dog/coyote that prey. And now and then, especially this time of year when the girls are laying like crazy, one or two might get broody. That's when she lays an egg and never wants to leave it. Causes all sort of issues in the henhouse. They start fussing at each other, bickering over whose turn it is to lay in a particular box. It's a problem that's pretty easy to solve, just takes some time and patience. I mean look at her, does she look like she's coming out of there without a fight? Such a silly.
An update for my fellow gardeners...cool season veggies went in the ground this weekend (greens, sugar peas, broccoli, onions, etc.). Potatoes will go in this week. Would love to hear a garden update from each of you as well.
The barn project is moving along. It's involved a lot of good old-fashioned cleaning. We strung some lights up and put fresh straw down. I will keep you posted on that project as it happens. (Note: please don't expect anything spectacular. This is definitely not a 'chandelier in the henhouse' kind of farm :)
Actually, everything on the farm this time of year involves a lot of cleaning up and clearing out. It's just part of it. Again, the rewards are immeasurable but I didn't want you to get a mental picture of me skipping through the fields in my apron with not a care in the world. I get dirty and sweaty and bone-weary on the average day. I wouldn't trade my life for anything, but that's the real of it.
Here are a couple of photos of trips I've been blessed with the past couple of weekends. My husband and I escaped up to Boone (NC) and just kicked back in the mountains (big sigh). A place of such raw beauty, love it.
And then last week I took my daughter down to Savannah. A perfect 'girl trip'. I wanted to show her the art school, and we walked all over that awesome city. Ate lots. Talked lots. Time well spent.
So yes, there's been much ado in my world lately. How about you? Are your days full to the brim too?
(Oh and please don't abandon me completely. I am honored to be working with Jenny on a project for our dear friends in Japan. Some of you may be helping as well. Stay tuned!)
After a few emails ("hi Rebecca, are you still there?"), I woke up and realized just how long it's been since I visited with you here. Updates.....
A couple of weeks ago, a dear friend introduced me to Thistle Farms in Nashville. I've visited their facility twice now, such authentic and strong women. Here's a bit of what they're about...
"Thistle Farms is a social enterprise run by women who have survived lives of violence, prostitution, and addiction. By hand, the women of Thistle Farms make natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body."
Their products are beautiful and truly good healing products, been using nothing but for a couple of weeks now. Oh, and the sweet lady in shipping told me to tell you that if you purchase something online from them, she takes time to pray over your product and its recipient. Really. How many of the items you purchase are prayed over?
For my gardening friends, are you starting your seeds indoors? I've been tending my little green indoor garden for a couple of weeks or so. This is so relaxing and rewarding for me. But I'm ready to get out there and dig in the dirt for real, aren't you?
I've been in my studio very little lately. The pull just hasn't been there. We go through these times, and I always say to roll with it. Forced creativity usually tells on itself.
Been making and packaging up a few things to take to my new little booth at Artifacts...a handcrafted artist emporium in a nearby town. It will be fun (interesting?) to see how I sell locally.
And last but not least, when the weather permits, I've been heading down to our old tobacco barn. For the years we've lived here, the old barn has sat quietly by, waiting for something. I've just never been sure what that something is. But lately I've been going down, cleaning up, clearing out, thinking, noticing. Got something up my sleeve for the old barn. The scheming's been fun.
So there you go. It's what's going on in my world of late.
But enough about me...what's been keeping you busy?
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