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I like this comic by Michael Leunig on a Herbal Remedy for Life Ache:


(source: Cards by Michael Leunig)

I think this is a rather comforting comic to read.
 
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I checked one of the chicken wire cages filled with leaves for leaf mold and found 3 eggs in there. What a surprise ! My chickens are 5.5 month old and daylight is getting shorter. I thought I need to wait till next spring for eggs.
 
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Learning 2 new knots.  Listening to rain on the tin roof.
 
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This one sums it up for me.
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We recently had a snowfall of about 18" and it took me days to shovel out our 700 feet of footpaths. While I was shoveling, a snowshoe rabbit effortlessly hopped past me on the snowbank to my left and briefly paused to observe what I was doing. Then another passed on the right of me and I realized that they were having a blast running around in the fresh powder while I could only think of how much work it was. I appreciated the reminder to relax and find joy where I can.
 
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Is there anything better than an ice cold piece of watermelon on a stifling hot day? It finally got hot (about time for southern hemisphere summer!!!) and we're finally getting good, good watermelon. What a treat.
 
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Having someone come and cut all the downed tree branches from an ice storm and not having to ask.
 
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Watching your Muscovy catching the bits of bread you're tossing them, right out of the air. No wonder they're known for being good fly catchers!
 
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Petting the dog in the morning. Taking a look at the new day through the trees. Listening to the BBC World Service's "Newshour". Toast. Glass of wine. Afternoon sunshine through the trees. Curling up in bed in a down duvet cocoon.
 
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Fantastic Heidi... I LOVE raspberries and they don't grow here in Mexico. Seeing your photo made me feel like I'm there, teasing the raspberries carefully off their stalks, the soft almost fuzzy feel of them, the smell, the way they feel in the mouth, the taste!

Heidi Schmidt wrote:It is such a simple, satisfying pleasure to wander past the raspberry bushes a few times a day, and pop raspberries to my heart's content. It's just dripping with raspberries right now, and they seem to ripen up every few hours. It's heaven!

 
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So after months of renovating and chaos (in house and garden!) my husband has finally completed renovation of the basement. The first new shelf is set up and today I have sorted all my jars and preserves that have hardly been accessible during the last time.

It is such a satisfying sight to see all the jars lined up - and really there aren't as many as the husband complained, about three boards of the shelves which is hardly a packed pantry!

And I have now a better overview of what is left:
Too many jellies and preserves (most of those that don't get eaten are the ones I got gifted, plus the grape jelly from our own grapes where we also have far too many).
Enough tomato sauce and pickles to have one jar about every 10 days until next harvesting season.
By far enough honey to last until the next harvest.
Enough tomatillo salsa to last without planting tomatillos this year.
More cucumber pickles than my family eats (have to gift some)
Enough apple sauce until autumn (necessary for some Bavarian dishes like potato pancakes)

And some extra treats I had forgotten like canned plums and hot chilli sauce!

Aaaand the weather smells like spring!
 
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Yesterday we had a family of 5 Lynx pass by our yurt. We watched them patrolling the woods hunting rabbits and we got 10 or more minutes of video. When they were done, they all came to our doorstep to regroup, walking within 10-15 feet of us as we watched and filmed. After they left we were full of positivity and joy for having had the experience. Thanks Nature.

P.S. the 5th Lynx was a slowpoke and didn't catch up to the group until the photo op was over.
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When Pandora plays one perfect dance song after another so there's no real break in the enjoyment / movement flow.

Working in harmony and good humor with others to complete a tough physical task that would have taken days solo but together is fun.

Hugs that feel so good that nothing need be said and neither of you are in any hurry to stop.
 
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This morning I went walking with a friend (in previous times we were usually 4 or 5 women, but now we have to take turns).
When walking over the fields, we spotted two European hares (like the ones depicted by Albrecht Dürer.

It was a beautiful sunny day, like the day before and like tomorrow, and I was able to get work done in the garden. I have ordered a bush (euonymus) that is very popular with the local birds, especially robin, and I made room by gifting a rose bush that is not really native and that was a bit forlorn in that place.
I made another person happy and in the course of removing the rose bush I was able to remove some weeds and replant some daffodils that were suffocating under some tiles.
 
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What a difference a day makes:

Yesterday typical misty isle you can't tell how heavy the rain is, but after three continuous days even I was getting restless.



Today the sun finally came out - wall to wall (or hill to hill) sunshine and smiles all round.  I got the last of my comfrey roots planted after about a week sat in the wheel barrow (edit, the roots, not me!).

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Sometimes, it is as simple as this ...

 
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I heard the first cuckoo of the year today.  It must be spring!

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Looking up at the beautiful puffy white clouds in a nice blue sky. Nobody but God could make anything so perfectly beautiful. Glad it doesn't cost anything to look, cause if it did I'd be flat broke.

Watching the storms roll in, no matter which season it is, or how severe the storms.

Examining the dewdrops to see how many colors they pick up.

Taking pictures of mushrooms/fungi that popped up when I wasn't looking, so I can compare the images with online photos to identify them.

I do realistic acrylic paintings, and get my inspiration from nature. I like taking close up photos of the turf and painting it. Usually have interesting leaves or bugs, etc, in the shots. So, it's fun to go looking for stuff to photograph and paint.

Mixing up a glass of ice cold tea, picking a mint leaf or two from the garden and enjoying it while outside watching the world go by.

Marveling at how stunningly gorgeous a new snowfall is.

 
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Leigh Tate wrote:This one sums it up for me.



Love this!
 
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Waking up in the morning next to my warm, sleepy puppy.  Then seeing the sheer joy on his face when he wakes up and wants to play, and I still have a half hour to play with him before we get up to start the day.
 
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One of my simple pleasures has been getting accustomed to checking permies again.

I like it here.
 
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Trace Oswald wrote:Waking up in the morning next to my warm, sleepy puppy.  Then seeing the sheer joy on his face when he wakes up and wants to play, and I still have a half hour to play with him before we get up to start the day.



Awwwww! That's awesome! I don't know what we'd ever do without our animal family members.
 
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New seeds arrived in post from the experimemtal farm network!  So excited!
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Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

here's the link   https://www.experimentalfarmnetwork.org/

 
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Last week I moved to a place even cooler than the one I was at. Changes in latitude, changes in attitude ... all that goes along with that. Expecting to be rather active in this thread for the time being. Probably not very active in others until the garden is planted. That's going to take a good long while. So here goes ...

Sitting on the front porch enjoying a cup of coffee at dawn while watching a pair of wild geese swim in the pond. Then the wind shifts & the smell of lilacs suddenly fills the air.

Speaking of honky things ... how about these honking big blueberry trees. Planted 60 years ago. About 20 of them if I counted right. Ready to harvest in about week. YUM!!!






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My favorite alarm clock in the world - this little face, up in mine, licking my nose promptly at 'pet-me-o'clock'!
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Nancy Reading wrote:New seeds arrived in post from the experimemtal farm network!  So excited!



I had never heard of that until you posted.  I just placed an order.  Thank you!
 
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Watching the first of several new hugels being started.
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Saying Hi! to the garden snake sunning him/herself on top of the newly renovated hugel-ish strawberry bed. "Build it and they will come?"
 
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finishing a project i've started

having a cup of coffee with my wife in the evening
 
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Being born & raised near the gulf coast into a family of sports fisherpeople I grew up eating a lot of seafood. Have been landlocked in the mountains for the past 5 years though. Now that I'm back near the coast I'm making up for quality seafood deprivation. Crab cakes, shrimp, oysters, & last night the best salmon I've ever tasted. In slightly over a week. Simply pleasurable indeed:)
 
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I have discovered over the last days that I have newts in my pond this year as well.
At least two, probably more. They are extra sneaky and are so hard to spot. I tried waiting for them when they come up for air but mine seem to be trained for long-term diving :-)
I only hope that I have a mix of sexes so that they will propagate.

And I have noticed that my Roman snails have multiplied as well. Last year I had one in the greenhouse that overwintered there, now there are at least 4 crawling around the greenhouse. They nibble on the lettuce (I do have loads of it) but will also feed on slug eggs.
 
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A new neighbor with more goat manure than he can use gave me 2 trailer loads ... the easy way.

Huh? What? This isn't the stinky pleasures of the day thread? My bad.
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Taking a walk with my dog on the local rail trail...



...seeing a mulberry tree with comfrey planted at the base.

Simple pleasures of the day seen yesterday evening.
 
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Mike Barkley wrote:A new neighbor with more goat manure than he can use gave me 2 trailer loads ... the easy way.

Huh? What? This isn't the stinky pleasures of the day thread? My bad.



If that's a dump trailer then we're talking *super* easy!  

Either way, that's a win!
 
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It is a dump trailer. Saved me a day of hard work.
 
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Today's simple pleasure is a cacophony of nature sounds before dawn. Some are birds, some are cicadas, along with one yappy cat. All while sitting on the front porch enjoying a coastal breeze looking at a sky full of stars. It's been unusually rainy in this part of the country for months. Hoping to finally get a new (to me) garden planted soon. It's very late in the season. Fortunately the climate here is suitable for year round gardening. Yesterday's simple pleasure was the new bee hives arrived!
 
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Making a big batch of pesto with parsley my friend grew, kale that volunteered in with my tomatoes, chives from my herb bed, and baked garlic from last year's harvest. The spices, oil and Parmesan were purchased, but those were minor compared to what grew locally!
 
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There's a type of lizard here that look like tiny alligators. Saw these 2 yesterday. Tried to get closer for a better pic but ... ahem ... lizardus interruptus.

Simple pleasure of the entire week was the discovery of 2 baby geese in the pond shown in the previous picture. Was hoping that was the case!!!
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This area has at least one nesting pair of wild turkeys. As well as these wild iris??? that appeared on their own.
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Better late than never. After a long delay due to moving & then too much rain & mud my new garden is ready to start planting. Traditional farm equipment was used one last time but my new baby is finally ready to take a giant leap in a better direction. Hey y'all keep your beers & watch this ...
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