Thursday, February 21, 2013

A curiously warm winter.

 
It's been a little while! I've been keeping busy with fun projects, but have managed to capture a few moments of  what we've been up to lately.  :)
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 My brother sawed, painted, and labeled quite a few signs from our scrap wood.
They look great out in the garden!
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The sugar-snap peas are beginning to make an appearance..
Their smooth leaves are such a contrast to the sandy, gritty earth below.
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February is the perfect time for pruning roses and also staking up the climbing varieties. Many of these are wild roses that I transplanted last year...I had discovered them in the woods :)
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Recently we visited our dear friends for a weekend spent on their farm.
There's nothing quite like good fellowship, music, and an abundance of laughs-- as memories are made and shared in the company of kindred spirits.
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A glimpse of old fashioned femininity...
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Fresh picked apples complimented our meal as we gathered around the sturdy, antique table for breakfast.
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A few of us decided to take a stroll through the garden..
I received some great tips about planting in raised beds.
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The tender blossoms of the broccoli were a familiar sight..
However, I never grow tired of observing the bees as they hover around the delicate flowers--I watch as they gently sway in the wind...
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We decided to take a walk down the lane, and soon our conversation turned to farming, family, and holding to important values. The restless breeze teased our hair, as we paused to greet a curious calf along the way.
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At home, we've had many days of rain lately. It's the perfect excuse to pull old books off the shelf to read-- and soon enough, become filled with inspiration.
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 A neighbor of ours invited us to tour his property one afternoon...
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Old cabins he has re-built are tucked in the valley,
Quite a serene sight to behold. 
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There was such a quietness about walking through the woods--It's landscape so un-touched, so un-altered. As I crossed over streams, took delight in the wild Spanish moss, and even collected leaves...I felt that these woods were clothed in such a radiance that it made it hard to leave.
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From the porch of one of the cabins, It's easy to imagine homesteaders coming to 'stake their claim', dreaming of a self-sufficient life on their own piece of land. 
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Inside one of the dwellings, the door's paint has begun to crack and peel from age...
Yet it's made of a heavy oak that will stand the test of time for years to come.
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"He turns a wilderness into pools of water,
And dry land into watersprings." Psalm 107:35
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Before we left, I took one more glance inside the cozy cabin, admiring the one room home--convinced that it's not the size of a cottage that matters, but the abundance of love found therein.
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In our front garden, my Mother gathers tender greens for dinner.
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Recently my brother decided to build a stove...
So he gathered old stones and crushed them, then mixed in clay to form its structure.
It works amazingly well, and he plans to put a door on it soon.
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 I traveled to a state park for the weekend, and spent a lovely time camping with friends!
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One morning, I was asked to sing for the site,
so I sang a medley of "Down to the river to pray/Amazing Grace"
Everyone seemed to really enjoy it  :)
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Afterwards, a dear friend surprised me with a tea party she had planned!
So we sat in her canvas tent, and had a wonderful time. I was deeply moved as she encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. There's nothing like edifying fellowship.
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"Let your conversation be always full of grace..." Colossians 4:6