Today the blogging well seems to have run a little dry so you are going to get a short tour of the farm. The blogging well might be slightly on the dry side but our farmyard definitely is not. We are enjoying some amazing, unseasonably warm weather around here. I am not going to complain about the temperatures…..but there is a downside.
The downside of these early warm temperatures is that all the snow melts….rapidly. When snow melts that quick and the ground is still frozen, our yard turns into a pond fed by a small creek that winds it’s way from the field to the west, to our farm yard.
This all sounds delightful and probably would be if we were in the mountains and we were talking about bubbling brooks and clear mountain streams. What this means for us is that our yard becomes a pond which then turns into a mud pit.
Our car is no longer parked in the garage but up the driveway a ways so that we will not have to go “mudding” every time we need to go somewhere. There is an upside to this beautiful weather….there is usually an upside to most situations if you look hard enough.
I find that we can go outside with lighter weight coats on. Gloves are no longer needed to keep your fingers from freezing. And it is now enjoyable to take a walk down the road as the wind is not howling with a sound like that of a roaring freight train.
My husband pointed out to me that we had an eagle in the bottom field the other day. I headed out, camera in hand to try get a picture of him. The expectation was high that I would be successful in getting this accomplished. As I came around the corner of the barn I could see him sitting in the bottom field. He was quite far away but I managed to get a picture of him before he decided I was too scary for him to stay put. If you look closely at the picture at the top of this post you will see him flying away, heading towards the river.
As I slid my way through the mud (and of course wearing my chicken wellies) I found much to appreciate. From the trees that are patiently waiting for their summer clothes, to the girls enjoying themselves with some treat they found in my wheelbarrow…..the farm was a delight.
Even with the mud, this farm not only makes a living for my husband and me…..it also feeds my heart and soul. It has so many facets to it’s personality. Each season brings a certain beauty that makes me stand in awe.
There are times it is so still that you wonder what will happen when that quietness has passed. There are times when the soil comes to life with the green of corn, beans, and hay fields. The air is fragrant with the life of growing things.
This piece of land is a feast for the senses in every season. There is a connection to this ground even when it has turned to mud. It is much like life. There is promise and there is hope. There is a knowing that God is faithful and Spring is on it’s way. It is a reminder that life is rich and is the accumulation of so many wonderful little things.
― Brian Brett