Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Stroll - Around the Farm


 The pumpkins are ripe,
a little too early,
but we are still waiting for peaches,




and plums.



 There is one lone almond on our three young trees.
How we will know when it is ripe?


The red grapes are nearly ready,


but it will be several more weeks
until the Concords ripen.
A few good frosts will make them
extra sweet!


The pears are also weeks away.


When we head out of the garden,
and down past the Goldenrod,


and the Black-eyed Susans,
we see that we are not the only ones
bringing in the harvest.





These wild apples are not pretty enough for the
super market perhaps, 
but they make a fine crisp snack
as we wander in the woods.
Oops!  Yes, they are still a bit tart!


Deep blue ripe juniper berries,
nestle amid new green berries 
which will not ripen until
at least next year.


Tiny Russian Olive berries 
tempt birds and wine-makers alike.
They are small, but full of rich antioxidants,
which make them worth picking.


It is nearly time to bid the blackberry patch
farewell until next summer.
It is nearly time for autumn color
to settle into the woods.


We will walk back home beneath a leafy canopy
and a sky full of 
fat white clouds and gusty wind.  


Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you a deep appreciation of the season.


See Steve's lovely stroll Around a Golden Pond here:  Out on the Prairie
And Pom Pom's Happy Colorful stroll here: Pom Pom's Ponderings 

Sunday Stroll Invitation

Rain is grace; 
rain is the sky descending to the earth; 
without rain, there would be no life. 


John Updike



If you have time this week for a Sunday Stroll, and if your weather allows, please post about about it on your blog and then come back here with a comment and a link to your post.  You may use the Sunday Stroll button at the top of this post on your post or side bar if you would like. I will add participant names to this post so other strollers can walk through your garden too. I'll check back as often as my busy day on the farm allows and try to keep the list updated.

See Steve's lovely stroll Around a Golden Pond here:  Out on the Prairie
And see Pom Pom's Happy, Colorful Stroll here: Pom Pom's Ponderings 



Quote from:
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/rain.html

Sunday Stroll Invitation

Rain is grace; 
rain is the sky descending to the earth; 
without rain, there would be no life. 


John Updike



If you have time this week for a Sunday Stroll, and if your weather allows, please post about about it on your blog and then come back here with a comment and a link to your post.  You may use the Sunday Stroll button at the top of this post on your post or side bar if you would like. I will add participant names to this post so other strollers can walk through your garden too. I'll check back as often as my busy day on the farm allows and try to keep the list updated.



Quote from:
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/rain.html

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Stroll - The Trees Along the Way


 Yes, we are still harvesting blackberries, 
but the long walk to the patch is pretty. Come on!
We will go out beyond the swamp 
and past all the wild apple trees,
full of tiny unripe apples in a variety of colors.




We will walk under a canopy of maples,
now hinting of autumn's approach.



 Perhaps we will remove our hats
and set down our heavy bowls,
 and take a rest in the shade of the cedar trees for a little while.



We can take the long way back to the house,
through the breezy woods on the ridge top,


where the birch trees grow in clusters like wildflowers,
full of color and pattern.




We will linger near the ancient maple
that looks like praying hands.
She holds a wild gooseberry bush
in her palms.



If we walk slowly, there are small works of art everywhere, 
even beneath our feet in the leaf litter.




and in the wild tangle of life 
at the swamps edge.


When we step out into the open field
at the edge of the woods,
we will have a bucketful of blackberries
and a heart full of peace.


Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy in small things.

Sunday Stroll Invitation



"The mere thought of walking outdoors
on a brilliant golden-blue day 
causes fire-works of delight to go off
in most people’s psyche.
It gives 
one an instant feeling of happiness
and that is meditation!" 

Karen Zebroff

If you have time this week for a Sunday Stroll, please post about it on your blog and then come back here with a comment letting me know that you are joining in, and please include a link to your post. You may use the Sunday Stroll button at the top of this post on your post or sidebar if you would like. I will add participant names to this post so that other strollers may walk through your garden too. I'll check back as often as my day allows and try to keep the list updated. Enjoy the day!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Look Up: A Meditation



One fine day
step outside
and look up.

Let the day fill you
with the sparkling air
and the vibrant blue of sky.

With dappled sunlight 
and the shade of fern and moss.

With the slow, still breath of rock
and the deep reach of roots.

With the gentle nurturing of earth.

Let it fill you.

Feel it wake your blood.

Feel it sing through you.

Sing along.

Be the song.





Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you peace.

Sunday, August 07, 2016



“Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let's stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another.” ~ Anne Raver


If you have time this week for a Sunday Stroll, please post about about it on your blog and then come back here with a comment and a link to your post. You may use the Sunday Stroll button at the top of this post on your post or side bar if you would like. I will add participant names to this post so other strollers can walk through your garden too, but I will be running a little late.  Spending the early part of the day at the flea market, selling books and vegetables! 

Steve is the most consistent stroller and his photographs are stunning!  Take a look: Out on the Prairie