With that mindset, why not follow through then, in all ways in my it's-a-new-day life? Starting from scratch isn't truly the beginning of a beginning when you're just this side of 50, no- it's more like taking life as a huge compost pile and using the best of the steaming hot mess you're left with.
|Kale and garlic scapes, lovely neighbors.|
March lingered a little longer than need be, April sure as heck didn't kick up her heels hardly at all, but May whispered first with Raven's call, when I hear and see more of those big birds- to me, they are the harbinger of Spring. ( A well written observation of a Raven's nature Ravens In Winter- I highly recommend.) I could go into a whole interesting to me tirade on my neighboring Ravens, but I won't...yet. Like the Ravens and every other bird, lizard and bug around this farm- I got down to the business of Spring. Earnestly and gleefully, composing the garden seed by seed and row by row. Every day, something else half haphazardly compiled in the seed-shack while little transplants exited out into the protected cool air of a hardening off room and then finally out into the great big world of wonder.
|Disarray in the seed-shack.|
Chaos consumed the formerly tidy seed-shack, and like life- there is now little order to be found in it. My winter gardening plans include a much needed clearing of that chaos, I plan to spend many a hard winter day occupying that room, trying to make some sense again of the clutter.
Gardening, growing your own food is a circle, not semi or partial- but full. It takes you through all seasons if you are truly sincere in your occupation of it. In my experience, it is best to not become dismayed by all the troubling chaos of any aspect of life. In the fullness of time it takes to tend to any endeavor- the moment will come and it will feel and be right, you will recognize it if you but learn to trust your self and your surroundings.
I always come back to the circle, not where it started or ended- that is invisible as it should be; I come to the center and try to see it all. It was a good year I can clearly see now; of trying new things, experimenting with new ideas and expanding old ones. That my friends, is what growing anything- is all about. It's a well thought out plan turned upside down by the experience of actually doing it. Sometimes you trust your self and other times you simply just have to trust the moment and work with it as best you can with your two good hands and brain muscle. Two quotes I am left with and may be worth pondering to others-
Weather plays havoc with organized plans, but loosely made ones stand to reason with a stormy day.
Leaps of faith are not reasonable or well planned after all- their opportunities often come unannounced. I don't think you can be too prepared, but it helps to be open and ready to rise to the occasion.
|Little chick lifts off towards some high oats.|