henry has been snuggled by the fire most of the weekend.
(last evening, it felt like he was giving us the cold shoulder.)
batman and i have spent some exasperating time with a variety of
technologies this afternoon and we are fed up.
so...i went into the kitchen...
our garden beds at " a bit of earth" in Vermont summer 2010 .
Like much of the US, Connecticut is in the grip of a cold snap. The sun is shining, but the snow is piled high, and the thermometer is hovering in the single digits. Batman and I have hunkered in by the fireplace and we've been "thinking spring". We put together our first bulk order with NOFA-VT, and we placed an order with High Mowing Seeds. It's fun to envision filling our new beds with good things to eat! And we continue to work on our rural dreams, scheming our transition, bit by bit.
Pete is a really nice guy, doing what he loves in a very unassuming way. He and his band of buddies have inspired a renaissance in the agricultural life of Vermont. He runs the Good Eats CSA out of Craftsbury Common, VT and he also sells his products in Vermont grocery stores as "Pete's Greens". Ten days ago the farm was devastated by a huge barn fire.
Our youngest daughter, Gretta, in college out in Illinois, called yesterday in distress. She had just heard about the fire via the Greenhorns blog. And today, she gave me a "heads up" about an online auction to benefit the farm at Pete's Greens. Check out Bid For the Barn!
Last weekend, when we were in Vermont, I was able to make a donation to help rebuild the barn right at the cash registers at Hunger Mt. Coop. There are other fundraising efforts in the planning stages, and I look foreward to hearing more about them. Pete's tragedy is real and huge and disheartening...but the outpouring of help and goodwill says a lot about Pete the man, and the community of kindred spirits that has grown up around sustainability, food security, co-operation and HOPE.
The giveaway origami bag goes to Debbie in Jerusalem! Debbie, please send me your snail mail address and I will get the bag in the mail next week.
My new studio has become the center of our home and time spent there has become the priority of my days. How many years have I longed for this? How good does it feel? Very authentic and grounding and energizing.
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