Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Thursday, September 15, 2016

why we sow

  • carrots on the right have gone into the fridge, carrots on the left are stored in buckets of sand in the root cellar.
  • edamame plants from our csa at anchor light farm.
  • steamed and shelled edamame.
  • a bumper crop of onions.
  • garlic. some to eat, some to store, some to plant for next year's crop.
  • fingerling potatoes! our first effort with spuds.
  • the jack-o'-lantern pumpkin patch.
  • last year's apple crop was outstanding in vermont, this year, we are happy to have a few.
  • the last of the lacinato kale. some folks call it dinosaur kale. :-)
Oh, these days are full. I've been back and forth to my Mumsie's in Massachusetts a bit and it looks like the new normal. It's hard. But this is how life unfolds and it's how the generations intertwine. 

In between visits, life here condenses to accommodate the time available. 

We are creeping into my favorite season and I pinch myself every day as I awaken in this beloved spot. Cooking with the food that has grown out of the dirt right outside our door, as the late day sunshine streams into our splendid new kitchen...this...this is our very own bit of earth.

Meditating. Eating well. Stitching. Mending. Sleeping. Breathing deeply. Harvesting. Acting locally.

All of it under the sanctuary 
of the bright blue sky and pitch black night.



  1. Such a wonderful bounty! The carrots are the best I have seen! Your life is an inspiration to me Karen and you make a splendid mentor! :)

    1. Oh, Simone, you are such a kind soul. Thank you for your generosity of spirit.

  2. Inspiration, indeed! I love these photos of autumn harvest. I'm wondering what you are stitching...?

    Your kitchen is so sweet.

    1. So great to hear from you Kameshwari! I am still working on the ebb wallhanging I posted about here-- The hand applique is nearly finished, I'll baste and machine quilt it next. I wish you could come sit at the kitchen island and sip tea with me. xo

  3. Such richness and bounty, Karen! Such contentedness and joy! It all inspires me to follow dreams, even those I haven't yet identified. You are a great inspiration to me! xo

    1. Oh, sweet Judy, thanks for this thoughtful comment. One of the things I love best about blogging is the support and care all of us can share with one another. The community we create here is a valuable antidote for so much of what is happening in the world. Recognizing and working towards dreams is more important than ever. Dream big, Judy! xo

  4. Love this post, with the thoughts and pictures.

    1. thank you vivien. i'm so, so glad to be here, in this spot, with all these blessings piled up in front of me. xo