Chasing The Sun

It’s the time of the year when I start tracking light; sunshine. What part of Buxton Farm is she shining for the longest amount of time? Important to note. Fortunately, we were able to place our mobile studio in that spot here at Buxton. It makes for comfortable afternoons when it’s cold because the farmhouse gets only morning sun.

sunsetting in the gulf

This week I was reminded of all the years I’ve spent chasing the sun. I moved across the country to feel her warm embrace! Living in southern California you almost forget what clouds look like.

As a child, my sister and I would stand outside on cold cloudy blustery winter days waiting for the school bus to come. Oh how I longed for sweet sunshine those mornings. Where was she hiding?

I’m almost afraid to admit it,but in high school my sister and I also skipped school to lay out! As soon as spring  announced her arrival, we tracked the weather, completed important assignments ahead of schedule, lathered our bodies in johnsons baby oil, got our lounge chairs out, and baked.

We just couldn’t wait to feel the relief in our frigid bones. Nothing worked as quickly as the  penetrating warmth of mother sun!

Sunscreen wasn’t invented yet, at least not in our neck of the woods.

Buxton Farm Sunrise

I track the sun these days because I’m interested in passive solar design. Michael and I look forward to designing another mobile structure. It will be based on passive solar principles. There’s nothing like a comfortable home. Sitting in the sun reading a book in a comfortable home  can win the day, don’t you think? The good thing about where we are in our lives is that we’ve lived in so many old poorly designed places, it’s impossible for us to (not) think outside the box.

We’ve moving closer and closer to Winter Solstice. I love this time of the year because of the light. It’s a time a reflection, a time of giving thanks and gaining perspective for another wonderful year just around the corner. It’s getting cold but on days when the sweet sun radiates her warmth, I’m reminded of how wonderful live is!

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About Grace

Grace and her husband Michael manage Buxton a Polyface satellite farm. Her first passion is to align with radiant health. She knows intimately that when you have your health you can do anything. Next, her passion for vibrant healthy food and beautiful landscapes along with her interest in permaculture influenced Grace's decision to align with the Polyface farming model. With 20 years of experience in the healing arts, she feels growing food and pasture raising animals is one of the greatest healers and a true source of personal empowerment. It's been said, "if you're not living on the edge your taking up too much space." Grace lives joyfully on the "leading edge" surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the appalachian mountains where her and Michael steward 1000 acres with profound appreciation."

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