It’s been awhile since we’ve gathered our thoughts here. A Winter full of working as best we can at the life we want; isn’t that we’ve all been doing? For sure. We’re now at that crossroads between what we thought we wanted and what we want now – or rather, new insight on what we don’t really want but already have.
Like this house. We should have read our Nearing more closely – the master homesteader himself says very clearly that buying an old house is a lost cause for a homesteader (I’m sure if you are the kind of person that wants to focus on fixing up old houses, that is certainly admirable but focusing on one or the other is perhaps likely the key element here). But of course, we thought we could do both. It is a good thing we like to be outside, but the Winter has been a bit harsh – lots of water, lots of ice, tons of wind.
Last year, in my limited capacity (under Lyme treatment, for which I am still in), I began growing more flowers. Who doesn’t need more flowers in their life these last couple of years?! We have such a solid Farmer’s Market and CSA options that frankly, the work to put in for regular foodstuffs is better left to the ‘experts’. We still continue to grow much fruit on this property and expect to expand our care and systems for their continued growth (White grapes, Concord grapes, eating apples, cider apples, pears, plums, peaches, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, ground cherry, elderberry, as well as cultivating wild patches of juniper, and various shrub/tree fruits), we boil sap for syrup, and I have also been expanding both my medicinal foraging repertoire and cultivating more herbs for teas and medicines. This year we are hoping to refine our spaces so that we can begin to start sharing them again.
Because that’s what it’s all about, no? Sharing the knowledge and the respite of this land and the little part we play in shaping it. We are talking about pop-up dinners, outdoor bread oven classes, foraging and medicine making workshops, stone building demonstrations, and yes – flowers. Flowers everywhere. It’s time to shape up and turn our faces towards beauty; to remember how beautiful life can be, even in deep times of struggle.
I do hope you are able to find a path to beauty, and also to us.