The Royal Wedding

Grandma would have loved the #royalwedding this past Saturday. We would have so much to talk about. The beauty, the traditions, the memories of her home. I miss you Nana. Today was emotional and beautiful all at the same time. I knew today’s photo had to be of a Daisy (of some sort) just for her.

Imagine our homes and families when love is the way. Imagine our neighborhoods and communities where love is the way. Imagine governments and nations where love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when love is the way. Imagine this tired old world when love is the way. When love is the way — unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive — when love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream, and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook.

When love is the way, poverty would become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way, there’s plenty of room for all of God’s children. When love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actually family.

Rev. Michael Curry

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Violets in the Woods

I took a nice long walk in the woods yesterday and went to investigate a tree that had fallen in the lower field. I loved this view of the violet standing tall against the crash of the tree.

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Bath Tubs in the Woods

I took a walk last week on one of the warmer days we had (we are not going to mention that it is snowing here AGAIN today.) I found this water collection system that is fantastic! I am guessing that the neighbors used it as a part of their farm and raising their livestock but am not 100% sure about that. I enjoy this part of the property which I don’t get to visit often, mostly because of the multi flora rose jaggers that tend to over take as the warmer seasons move on. I found more springs than I can count and most locations were surrounded by amazing emerald green rocks – covered in moss from all of the moisture. Pictures do not do it justice.

Uncle Joey would have known what it was all about. Boy do we miss you. 

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The Sound of a Snail

I found a bunch of empty snail shells on my walk a few days ago. Snails are amazing. I need to reread the book “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating” before summer. It is a small book packed with woodland snail information intermixed with a personal illness story. A unlikely but wonderful combination.

“If a snail’s shell gets injured, a repair can be made quickly. New shell material is secreted by the mantle, and where there was once a crack, a scar appears, looking much like a skin scar. Even a missing shell section can be replaced. But all the junctures are very easily seen, for they have a fresher colour than the rest; and the whole shell, in some measure, resembles an old coat patched with new pieces.”

Elisabeth Tova Bailey, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

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Twilight

Please ….
Take your time. Understand that this is our home and not just the next job site. Your actions today will affect us forever. Slow down and do the work like you were on your own land.

I wish for you nights of good rest, days of wonderful local food and the experience of community that this small town brings.

I can not stop this. I am worried. I am fearful. I pray.

View from our Back Door, Marcellus Rig at Twilight March 2018

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First Daffodils 2018

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Sweet ones. I know what the sunlight means to you. I know it allows you to start anew. I know it gives you hope for brighter days. I am right there with you. I am just afraid this beast of a winter hasn’t said it’s proper goodbye.

The bottle in the foreground is for you Uncle Joey. You would have loved that. We miss you already.

Litterbug

I am not sure what I am most upset about.

1. That we have a litterbug living in these here parts
2. Their cholesterol levels or
3. Their very poor taste in beer. 

Which would you choose?? 

All of this was collected on one very short walk yesterday. I couldn’t carry anymore. Didn’t take a bag – the walk was to be a walk, not a cleanup day. 

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Pokeweed

Some people don’t care for this plant but pokeweed has always been a favorite of mine. These delicate little blossoms will lead the way for the dark purple berries to form and become a wonderful food source for the birds. This plant can absolutely take over but I do love to see it’s distinctive color and style growing on the edges of the woods – it can get big, over 6 feet. The adult plant, roots and berries are toxic so it is important not to eat any part of it. In the past the young shoots may have been eaten after being boiled twice (with water discarded between each boil). I am glad there are easier and better choices for us to eat today. One other fun fact is that the berries were used by Native Americans and early settlers for ink and dye.

This is a picture of Pokeweed early in the season. The berries are now a lovely deep dark purple.

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Pears!

We will have a pretty good pear crop this year!
I will make pear sauce & use it for baking.

Don’t tell Uncle Joey. He light-heartedly teases and says I should leave them for the deer (they have 100 acres to roam, and they have eaten plenty already. They are good.) 

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