The Ioway called this place, “this is the place” or beautiful land
I call it home.
In the Winter, things slow way down….
Cornstalk bales just over the hill to our east
Wild turkeys strutting in our driveway
Asparagus going to seed in one of my raised beds
My Grandma’s home made rye bread I made myself
The bread making bug seems to bite more in the winter months. The smell of freshly baked bread makes me feel all is well ,even if we can’t get to town cause the road is drifted shut.
Old school aroma therapy
dormant apple tree in our east orchard
Did you know, that the apple tree needs over 1500 hours of dormancy in order to bear fruit? Me thinkith some of us would be more fruitful with our lives, if we intentionally, built some “dormancy into our busy schedule.
Doesn’t mean you are lazy.
Means you are in it for the long haul.
Just my humble opinion 😉
But finally, it’s Spring….
Misty morning in March about a hundred yards down the road to our east
Oak Savanna out by my parents.
wild bee pollinating in our orchard
baby chicks in my living room 😉
Summer means long days and growing things…
Summer in the East Orchard
Apple trivia. Iowa has perfect soil conditions and climate for apples. It used to be the 6th largest apple producing state in the Union until the Armistice day frost of 1940 destroyed many of the orchards. Since it takes several years for an orchard to mature, and produce an income, many farmers turned their orchards into corn and bean fields. If you are willing to wait, an acre of apple trees can produce 10 times the income per acre (or more) than an acre of corn….
just something to think about 😉
Wheat ripe for the harvest in our garden
Onion going to seed in a raised bed
Wild flowers by the old grey barn
Fall, time to harvest the apples…
Cortlands ready to pick that line the driveway
Suncrisp’s in the East Orchard
Fall colors on the grey barn
Wild grapes out behind the barn
Grant Wood grew up about 20 minutes from where I live.
He returned to his roots artistically as he got older, painting the every day things that caught his eye.
I am feeling some of that same impulse .
These are some pictures I’ve taken the past couple of years.
If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably seen many of them before.
Was talking with a musician/writer friend the other day.
She’s in between jobs and looking for some clarity.
We offered to let her come to the farm for a season to recharge her battery.
(We have a Bed and Breakfast suite that is currently empty and available)
Hope she comes.
It would be fun to have her in the mix.
Living “in this place” feels like a cross between living in the Shire, Mr Mole’s house (from Wind in the Willows) and Walden.
Over the years, we’ve talked about opening up our home to a writer (musician, or artist) who needs a break.
Not just anyone mind you.
There are times during the year, it would be handy to have some extra help with the apple orchard, or even in the wood shop…
If you’re reading this and happen to stumble across this blog post @ some point and think you would be a good fit for a month or three…leave me a comment. You just never know.