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Sunflower
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Jan 7 2013, 9:40am


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When I have the time...I'd love to. Seems like everywhere you turn, the world is going to the dogs. But I can't tell you how many times last year (it feels weird, saying "last year":)...I'd walk in the early morning down the farm path to my community garden (I deliberately take a bus instead of drive there and walk 15 minutes down the path, it's a lovely old path called "the Yellow Brick Road" b/c that's what it was 100 yrs ago, a yellow-cobblesoned carriage path; the farm is over 200 yrs old (google Normanskill Farm, Albany, NY for pics)..there's a lovely spot on the path where I stop to look over the landscape, I call it "The Shire" b/c that's exactly what it looks like...you can see a pic of this view on the site... on the farm grounds, which are open to the public all yr long, there are also hiking trails, dog walks, and old buildings where kids come on field trips. A special treat for them is to see the resident blacksmith at work. And sometimes you see the cows or and sheep grazing right next to the path. And across a bridge, on a high hill, there are stables for the police horses.

I walk down there, getting lost on the farm path, you feel like you're in another world....even though the farm is in the midst of a suburb. It sits in a valley, a vast bowl through which runs a creek (the "Norman's Kill" ( "Kill" being corrupted Dutch for "creek", apparently the origional farming family was French) ..the whole sorry world melts away. As long as this land lives, whether or not human hands lovingly tend it, as long as this little patch of God's Creation survives, one can never lose hope. And then I'd be on my land (well, not mine; I rent it from the City, but it's my 4th year now, so I've come to think of the plot as mine) and the work is never work; every hour of labor is a therapeutic joy. And yes, we had swallows come and nest too. And other birds of every description. And the little critters scampering about....as long as they didn't eat my plants --(though the marigolds didn't work where my collards were concerend; collards must be like chocolate for bugs.) And sometimes I'd see an eagle or hawk flying far overhead, and wonder b/c not so long ago we never saw them; they've come back to us. And after, staggering up the path after hours in the garden, and every exhausted muscle and every drop of sweat a bendiction, a balm to my soul. A profound, almost holy Mystery, a spiritual purification.

Waxing poetic, I know, but one can never do too much of that on topics like this. I can go on from there!

The article was indeed moving...I blinked back tears. i can just imagine what they are going through, what you are. the healing must begin..sometime, somewhere.


(This post was edited by Sunflower on Jan 7 2013, 9:48am)

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Gardens of sorrow, gardens of hope Starling Send a private message to Starling Jan 7 2013, 5:58am
    I'd enjoy a gardening thread Nienna Send a private message to Nienna Jan 7 2013, 7:10am
        Goody Starling Send a private message to Starling Jan 7 2013, 9:13am
    How wonderful! alienorchid Send a private message to alienorchid Jan 7 2013, 9:02am
        It looks very different now Starling Send a private message to Starling Jan 7 2013, 9:11am
            People seem to respect those kinds of efforts alienorchid Send a private message to alienorchid Jan 7 2013, 9:23am
                Was that Wongi? Nienna Send a private message to Nienna Jan 7 2013, 4:26pm
                    Wongi is incredible! alienorchid Send a private message to alienorchid Jan 7 2013, 10:06pm
    Count me in Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Jan 7 2013, 9:40am
        That's lovely, Sunflower Starling Send a private message to Starling Jan 7 2013, 9:57am
    A garden of hope---what a lovely idea. Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Jan 7 2013, 2:49pm
        Weed pullers Starling Send a private message to Starling Jan 7 2013, 9:10pm
    I'm in! AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Jan 7 2013, 4:16pm
        Love it! Starling Send a private message to Starling Jan 7 2013, 9:12pm
        Thanks for the info on the "Martha" rose Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Jan 7 2013, 10:27pm
            You're welcome! AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Jan 7 2013, 10:40pm
    perhaps a broader focus than gardening? Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jan 7 2013, 4:19pm
        I say that counts, too! AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Jan 7 2013, 4:34pm
            well, I notice more than in my backyard Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jan 7 2013, 5:04pm
                It definitely all counts Starling Send a private message to Starling Jan 7 2013, 9:09pm
        Website? dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Jan 7 2013, 4:55pm
            here's where I meant to link Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jan 7 2013, 4:58pm
                All set! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Jan 7 2013, 5:10pm
                    looks good. Thanks // Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Jan 7 2013, 5:14pm
    Greening the rubble! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Jan 7 2013, 5:07pm
        The kids loved doing it, Starling Send a private message to Starling Jan 7 2013, 9:14pm
            Mushroom compost? dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Jan 7 2013, 10:01pm
    That article is so moving-- Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Jan 7 2013, 10:59pm
        The land is zoned red Starling Send a private message to Starling Jan 7 2013, 11:15pm
            Just go for it. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jan 7 2013, 11:46pm
                I think Diana Magdin, Starling Send a private message to Starling Jan 8 2013, 12:09am
                I keep thinking Eowyn of Penns Woods Send a private message to Eowyn of Penns Woods Jan 8 2013, 10:27am
                    That is a lovely thought. / Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Jan 8 2013, 5:41pm
            Just go for it! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Jan 7 2013, 11:50pm
                Ok, we'll go for it! Suggestions in here please Starling Send a private message to Starling Jan 8 2013, 12:04am
                    Fantastic idea! Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower Jan 8 2013, 1:08pm
                    How 'bout bi-weekly so people Ethel Duath Send a private message to Ethel Duath Jan 9 2013, 11:55pm
    Thank you so much for this post and link to the lovely article 'Gardens of Sorrow' kiwifan Send a private message to kiwifan Jan 9 2013, 11:15pm
    What a lovely idea! zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Jan 10 2013, 8:24am
    I live a peripatetic life Annael Send a private message to Annael Jan 11 2013, 4:53pm
    Gee Starling i missed this thread somehow, silneldor Send a private message to silneldor Jan 11 2013, 5:49pm

 
 
 

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