I’ve been inclined to seek out unconventional people, places, and things. It’s my nature! You could say living in rural appalachia lines right up with this yearning. There’s something about living on a thousand acres that feels untamable. Nature is vast and so unpredictable. That’s what I love about unscathed places.There’s an unseen rhythm. This rhythm is palpable when you give it your attention. Sometimes I feel it when I’m on the farm alone puttering around in the garden. Other times I sense it when we’re working with the herd or doing chores, or checking in on our bees. Long walks affirm this natural good feeling. For me, it’s a radiant, peaceful, confident feeling that all is well in this wonderful life. And it’s what I reach for everyday. Feeling content, living satisfied.
The herd has been slightly grumpy this week. We’re giving the pastures a short break so that the grass will grow richer and as a result we’re feeding hay. It’s a bit confusing for the herd as they’re used to moving everyday. It takes about 5 days before they catch on to their new routine. I keep assuring them it’s only temporary. In the meantime their salad bar selection is thriving as it restores itself.
Last week we enjoyed an incredible week of perfect temperatures with blue skies and sunny days. So good. It was truly delightful. We can feel fall is headed our way.
Trust me, we will be milking our final days at here in beautiful rural appalachia. October brings the promise of spectacular colors and once again we expect a fabulous display!
We sold our the last of our tomato flats this past weekend at the farmers market and to a local Inn. The winter hoop-house where we grew our tomatoes gets dismantled this week and goes back to Polyface. I already miss our cherry sungold tomatoes. Often we kept a bowl of them on the countertop, a healthy snack appreciated by all of us. I’m so pleased I created time to can this summer.
Last week’s change in weather also brought us fresh energy. Stamina. Clarity. A refocusing of our intentions.
The question lingers, what’s next for us?
It’s fun carving out and creating on this path in life and I doubt the next step will be anything predictable! It’s just not in our nature.
But it will be the path of least resistance.