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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • I had the most profoundly memorable experience today. The cookbook club at Haywood County Library (the county adjacent to mine) hosted me, and by hosted, I mean 12 ladies selected recipes from my book
  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
  • This guy.
  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
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Wisdom of the Ancients

The description on my “Wisdom of the Trees “calender for this month indicates that “Trees set a relaxed pace.”


It goes on to say, “Studies suggest that trees have the ability to curb road rage when they’re planted in urban environments. Being enveloped by lush green lanes as opposed to stark surroundings that consist only of asphalt and concrete not only reduces drivers’ blood pressure-it also reduces the perceived time it takes to get from one destination to the next.

How incredibly wise of them.

Much like the cuteness of babies makes you want to stick around and care for all of their many needs, the calming, placating effect of trees makes us want to have them around. The stewardship goes both ways. They purify our air and relax us, while we provide space for them to continue to grow and thrive.

They’ve got us wrapped around their sturdy limbs, haven’t they?

The tree above is the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, Scotland. It’s estimated age is between 2,000-5,000 years. I’m sure it has some stories to tell. No doubt its charm, and calm, are a testament to its longevity. Perhaps that’s the secret-the more we work towards helping others around us achieve a calm, relaxed state, the more charming we become, and the more lengthy lives we’ll then lead, as they’ll want to keep us around….

For a list of other wise, long-lived trees, look here.

*Image from here.

6 Responses to Wisdom of the Ancients

  • kdilley says:

    I've always said that the streets in the city w/out trees are way more hectic! Now you've given me scientific evidence!

  • Anonymous says:

    Absoutely!

  • This is so true! My parents moved to a new home a few years ago and they chose it for the maple growing in the little back yard. That tree truly makes that whole house, it is gorgeous and inspiring in every season.

  • DTDorrin says:

    I can completely see how that's true! I also live in NC, surrounded by trees, and when I visited Oklahoma City for a few days last year I was in awe at the lack of trees. It definitely showed me just how much I love having lots of trees. :-)

  • Our large suburban block is planted out with trees that are as old as our “literally-falling down” house – a gnarly and knobbly plum tree (yum), 3 mulberry trees (lots of pies) and numerous other fruit trees that after 8 years we still haven't identified – the possums and fruit bats eat the fruit before we can! But the time is drawing closer to when we will start to build a new eco house here and some of these trees will have to go. I AM going to replace the ones lost with native flowering trees to keep all of the birds happy but my heart will really ache when the mulberry trees go. It will be one sad day here. Fruit bearing trees have a very special place in my heart and there is nothing more tasty than a mulberry pie!

  • EcoGrrl says:

    so true…i remember leaving the flatlands of denver and heading home to the northwest and the comfort of big trees…always makes me breathe a little easier :)

    ps here's the link on the beekeeper: http://kboo.fm/TheDirtbag