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Beauty of the rain

 
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One of the things I love about homesteading is the connection it builds between myself and the land. I think trying to live off the land brings one much closer to the land and you notice more.

Before I was homesteading rain was often annoying - dashing from the house to the car or from the car to the office. While I still do this sometimes I'm also happy for the rain and will often walk my land while it is raining to see how the water is moving on the land. I also feel that my land comes to life when it rains after a long break - I just love how much the natural world responds to rain.

Attached are some pictures of a couple lupines on my property covered with fresh raindrops.

Hope you enjoy it and please comment on what you notice while walking around your land that you might not have if you were not homesteading.
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nice pics =)

and good thoughts =) i hear ya...

couldnt help but think of this...perhaps she's your long lost cousin or something ??!??

 
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Thanks for reminding us how wonderful the rain is for ourselves and the land! It is holding us up from moving some things around, and we were getting a little annoyed, so it is good to just check that emotion and remember that without water there is no life!
 
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I have always loved the rain except when it is a really heavy rain that tries to wash everything away.

Slow and steady gets my vote.

Its smells so refreshing after a rain and makes the plants very happy.
 
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leila hamaya wrote:nice pics =)

and good thoughts =) i hear ya...

couldnt help but think of this...perhaps she's your long lost cousin or something ??!??



Hehe, don't think I'm related but I do love her music

Cherlyn Jones wrote:Thanks for reminding us how wonderful the rain is for ourselves and the land! It is holding us up from moving some things around, and we were getting a little annoyed, so it is good to just check that emotion and remember that without water there is no life!



Your welcomed! But ya it can get annoying too at times but I like to try to remind myself of the importance of rain. My place has a seasonal stream and I love watching how it changes with rain fall. It can go from a slow trickle to a fairly large and fast moving stream in a very short time. But I'm also held up by rain at times - I try to do other tasks like planting bareroot plants when it rains. If I'm organized enough I will save some tasks for rainy days and some for nice days - seems like there is always some project inside to do too

A song that I really like is: John Gorka - Houses in the Fields



One of the lines talks about there being "no prayers for steady rain this year" as the farms are replaced by houses. Sad but beautiful song - I like songs that tell a story.

 
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I live in the desert, but after our last rain it looked like PNW tidepools everywhere I looked.

I used to live up there in Washington state, and moved because I couldn't handle all the cloud cover and constant drizzle. Now the rain seems magical - everything comes alive with color and sparkle, my boots squish in mud instead of kicking up dust. And the monsoons... WOW.
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