Wandering barefoot in the dew around the garden and grounds while visiting plants with my hot cup of coffee at dawn...I love to check on the bee balm now especially since it's almost at its peak...trying not to do anything but observe and enjoy
"We're all just walking each other home." -Ram Dass
"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder."-Rumi
Checking on my garden in the early morning with the songbirds singing to me while my cats antics unfold in the yard. As I take closer inspection on my plants, the sounds of the bees become apparent as they dutifully check every blossom unaware of the frogs and praying mantis' standing guard.
"Study books and observe nature; if they do not agree, throw away the books." ~ William A. Albrecht
Being able to harvest enough pole beans for dinner tonight knowing they won't be producing much longer. Walking past the cow peas and seeing they are coming on so can soon take the place of the snap beans. Life is good.
I woke up to find hummingbirds on the plants here and 4 otters sleeping amongst the heavy growth by the house. The otters have made trails all over this peninsula that sticks into the ocean on the edge of the city.
Not my house unfortunately. I'm working here, but I have moved in so mine for now.
After a few light storms the temperature here dropped nearly fifteen degrees, with a nice breeze. I'm on the hammock in the backyard, eating fresh strawberries and drinking a nice local Heffeweizen, blowing bubbles.
Eating sea buckthorn and other tasty morsels from the community garden. Oops just went into the pictures and I didn't take one of sea buckthorn. Not sure what these tasty berries are called.
I took a visiting member of the forum to the garden, for a look at the autumn olives, that aren't ripe yet. Buckthorn grows naturally in the Ural mountains of Russia, where she's from. This was her first taste of those berries in 20 years.
Watching the last light hit the forest above the fields behind the house as the late sun sets and the rest of the world goes quiet and soft in the grey dusk and the baby squirrels raid the seeds under the feeder one last time, hiding under their tails.
Believe in a better world. then follow the inspiration to create it!
The G.G. Pen (goats and geese). My husband dug a pond, then scraped small ditches to channel the run-off downhill to irrigate. Now it's LUSH! There's been green for a few years, but nothing like this. We have a hose running into a stock tank for the goats, the overflow goes into the pond which has had waterbugs for a few years now, but this year there are at least 2 varieties of tadpoles. No mosquitos!
The more green there was, the more time the critters would spend down there fertilizing, the greener it got.
I forgot to mention the birds that are nesting there or taking advantage of that area! Everyone's so happy!
Sitting with my feet on a 5 gallon bucket, the chickens came to see if I was doing anything exciting, started pecking at the bucket. Four of them got a pretty good beat going on it! Need to get creative with seeds etc and make a Berky Birds Drum Circle video.
Ah, simple pleasures of today......
...I got up and about this morning with my body properly functioning without too many complaints
...I'm happy to be living where it's generally safe and secure on my 20 acre homestead
...the weather is mild today and the sun is shining enough to charge my solar batteries and operate my Sun Oven ...I shared locally grown coffee and conversation with friends this morning
...this afternoon I "played" in some beautiful soil that I've created and planted yet another crop of beans, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beets
...gathered fresh eggs, harvested the excess potatoes, Chinese cabbage, beans, peas, and tomatoes
...invited friends to share an evening meal
Other pure joyful moments....
...listening to the birds sing at 5:15
...doing my TaiChi routine as the sun rises and the breezes start up
...watching the young chicks forage around the banana trees ...having my donkey, sheep, and goats mob my for their daily handful of grains
...having my hen's come running when they see me approach
...walking the fence line with my farm dogs
I love my homestead farm. Oh, it's a LOT of work, but it's a constant stream of daily simple pleasures.....bird song, wild critters, flowers, food gardens, ponds & fish, livestock, food harvests, making soil, sun/rain/wind, farm cats rubbing on my legs or bringing me presents, happy dogs, the smell of mown grass. Even though it's daily hard work, there's plenty of rewards and little pleasures going on all day long.
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com
Looking out the window to see my 16 year old son sitting in the garden eating goumi berries and enjoying a quiet moment. It was very satisfying to see him taking the time to relax and made me feel so grateful we live here.
As much as I love mornings (and I do!) my favorite part of the day happens every evening as I bring a bowl to the garden and wander around picking things for a big salad. I'm able to do this 7-8 months of the year and I really miss it when I'm traveling. I'm often accompanied by my dog and of course the barn cats have to come hang out too.
Later in the summer, I'll be harvesting a lot more but right now, this time of year, it's just big salads and berries and I absolutely love it.
Taking off my steel toe work boots and putting on a pair of comfortable shoes. This may seem very basic to some folks. It was very recently that I wore anything but work boots. There is every chance in the world that I may have been born with a pair on....I'm 51
Justin Rhodes 45 minute video tour of wheaton labs basecamp