Friday, April 23, 2010

Blooms, Buds and Babies ... oh, my!

I wanted to participate in Amanda's {this moment} picture post, but I didn't take a picture of a one extraordinary moment this week.

I did take a picture of our beautiful peach blossoms, though, and that's what I wanted to share.

But there was more ...

Garlic ...

Peas ...

And bunnies!

It's easy to get into a funk in the middle of winter and worry about TEOTWAWKI and feel as if there is nothing that can be done.

In the spring, when life is bursting all around, it's harder to feel impotent.

The chickens and ducks are being incredibly, wonderfully generous, and are gifting us with a half dozen eggs per day. For dinner last night, we had quiche with local ground beef and local cheese and some tarragon from my garden, apple puff pancake, and a foraged greens (dandelions and violets) salad. There were some industrial food inputs in the meal (flour, sugar, and cinnamon for the pancake, for instance), but even with just what we had acquired from local farmers, from our own chickens and ducks, or foraged, it was a good meal.

One of my homeschooling friends, who is also a suburban/urban farmer (and keeps quail! Very cool!) stopped by yesterday. She and her husband are embarking on the bunny-raising adventure.

The feedstore called this morning. Our first batch of broilers are in and we can pick them up today.

So much ... and so much to do.

But it's not overwhelming anymore. It's empowering.

Life is bursting all around us, and we're no longer spectators. We're participants.

Here's hoping everyone has a great weekend!

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