March 1, 2012
hello and happy march 1st!
richard grew these birdhouse gourds a couple of seasons ago and we made them into homes for our feathered friends last winter. i really appreciate how utilitarian growing and using this particular gourd can be. we didn’t get too fancy by painting them, although, i think a coat of some sort of weatherproofing might be a good idea. however, i don’t think i would be able to put them in the compost heap if they were treated with some sort of paint or varnish. the birds moved in last spring and seem to like them very much and that gives me a good feeling.
we are starting to work on a 3 bin composting system made from standard wooden skids which we have on hand. large amounts of compost are essential for a healthy, fertile, soil and plants. along with the compost bins we have also set up a simple cold frame made from bales of straw and old single pane windows that were laying idle in the attic. i have planted various lettuces and some spinach as well. of course, i’ve got the elusive (for me anyway) corn salad in there as part of my desire to learn how to best make that delicious herb grow.
February 27, 2012
i thought i would post one more of my snow pics. what a difference a few days makes! the snow is gone and i’ve been busy happily spreading beautiful horse manure on the garden. this is a busy and exciting time for gardeners. i enjoy preparing the garden in the spring. last fall i read the gardening memoir grow the good life by michelle owens. i truly enjoyed it and was definitely inspired by her gardening experiences. i’m always so interested in learning from those who have boldly gone feet first into gardening and are not afraid to admit all of the crazy mistakes they’ve made so that the rest of us may learn. thank you michelle!
A late winter poem courtesy of www.poertyfoundation.org
BY JANE COOPER
February 21, 2012
i took this photo earlier this winter while hiking along the vermillion river. i guess that my natural curiosity got the better of me and i had to bend down and look into the hollow log. not an unusual thing for me to do. looking at the world from a different perspective from time to time can be healthy in that it may spark creativity or unique thoughts; your own personal way of thinking outside the box.
March 6, 2011
i took this photo janurary 1 while wandering around richard’s property.
weather-wise, when this photo was taken, we had just had a warm up; it was a balmy news year eve and several inches of snow had just melted. winter and relationships are similar in that way; they warm up and then cool down. i like to say that mother nature likes to let us know who’s in charge.
what i like about this barn is that even though it’s slowly falling down due to neglect, the frame still looks quite sturdy and it’s possible that with a little tlc the barn could come to life again and have many more years of use.
it’s this that stands out to me even on a cold, bleak winter day; tender loving care can cause positive change, all we have to do is be brave, trust our intuition and believe in the healing powers of love.
February 3, 2011
post winter storm greetings from the frozen prairie. the kids and me fared very well through this past winter storm. we only lost power for about 7 hours which is much better than the last big ice storm we had in 2005; instead of 7 hours without power it was 7 days!
with all of this time off of work, what’s a girl to do? thankfully this girl has electricity (for my dvd player), so i’ve spent a big part of it on my yoga practice. i have been feeling restless in my yoga practice as of late and have been thinking that i’m ready to progress. i recently acquired (through netflix) a beginners practice dvd for ashtanga yoga. i tried it and found it to be quite challenging. it really opened my eyes and taught me a lesson that i should already know: to do well at something you must first master the basics before moving on. in my basic beginners practice i have avoided learning back bend asanas (postures/poses) and it was quite obvious to me when attempting ashtanga yoga.
now that i’ve been humbled by my arrogance, i realize that yoga is teaching me exactly what it is suppose to: to still the restlessness in my heart and mind. now i’m back at my mat practicing back bend asanas with patience and joy.
the photo i’ve posted was taken last weekend when i was visiting richard. this is the windbreak on the north side of his property. we took a wonderful walk while i was there and i hope to share more of those photos with you soon.
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December 27, 2010
this photo was taken today on my first official winter hike. i love the pinkish winter light and the stark shadows when walking through wooded areas in winter. i’m spending the week at richard’s; he happens to live across from a nature preserve. i know, how lucky could a gal get to have a boyfriend live right across the road from a nature preserve? i am very lucky indeed, in more ways than one.
i like having time off in the winter, it gives me time to appreciate nature in a very different way than in the warmer months; trees with their bare branches, covered in snow instead of leaves, frozen streams, and especially the quiet and stillness. it’s amazing to me how nature adapts to the changing seasons.
what do you appreciate about winter?