“For me living simply surrounded by nature is invigorating, a natural tonic to help soothe the soul, an antidote for what so many people, surrounded by gadgets and material things, embrace as “modern living….
” …..most people in the world have no place to which they can escape to nurture their spirit…..”
“I have come to realize that most of what people spend their time talking about isn’t worth the energy to reply or listen in, so I spend most of my time….reading good books, tending gardens, or planting trees. I’ve learned that I prefer quietude to chatter.”
Floyd Sandford from Living Simply in a Stuff Oriented World
I (DM) spent the past two days building a harvest table and matching benches. It has been SOOOOO relaxing and nurturing to my soul. I have been on a quest to live “simply” for years, and am just now starting to reap the fruit of those choices. I am surrounded by chickens, multiple gardens, fruit trees, and peace and quiet. The pace of my life is a fraction of it was 15 years ago, and yet, I think I get more done now than ever.
I find myself noticing the shadows on things both in the early morning light as well as in the evening….
Things like onion going to seed catch my eye now…where as before, not a chance….
Onion going to seed
Why do these onion pictures make me think of Horton Hears a Who?
A couple of you know about the latest addition to our family….Little Moe. Just to prove he is alive and well, here’s a picture of him last week:
our pet chicken…”Little Moe with the Gimpy leg
We are on the home stretch with our “free range chicken co-op” experiment. I put the word out locally, that I would raise free range chickens for anyone who was interested…on the condition, they had to help when it came time to butcher. I had 5 takers…We started out with 60 baby chicks… here’s 4 of them hanging out free ranging.
4 of the 60 heritage free range chickens we are raising this Summer
view from inside my work shop
view from the orchard, looking toward the East @ one of my garden spots
wild flower that comes up every May around here
And this last picture….if you’re a regular reader to the blog, you may have already seen this one. I took it this past March…it is still one of my favorites…and gives me a sense of peace whenever I look @ it. You are more than welcome to use any of the pictures on this blog, but if you make any $ off of it, make sure you cut me in Thanks! DM