Friday, 17 July 2009

Tend your own garden

by Throwback at Trapper Creek

It is the busiest time of year on the farm - planting, weeding, harvesting, and preserving in preparation for the cold winter months. But it is also a time to reflect, and take in our surroundings and be thankful for what we have, and the life we are creating. The world problems will not go away, some will be solved and some won't, and different dilemmas will surface. But to truly make the world a better place, we first have to make our part of it better too. Not just the ground under our feet, but our relationships and homes and anything that is under our care. Something that sounds so simple, but is sometimes hard to do in our busy, modern lives.

These are the things I am thankful for this week...

The rain on the garden. It will make the weeds grow, but the vegetables will flourish too. And the rain drops on the camera lens will be a dim memory when we are eating the fruits of our labors this winter.

Delicious cherries and the skills to put them by for winter desserts.

Abundant pastures for my livestock to graze so they stay healthy and productive.

And enough room, so the calves can play and pretend to be wild, and courageous Bos taurus' of days gone by.

Fresh eggs, enough said.

Fresh milk that doesn't come in a plastic container.

A teenager who picks the berries when they need it and before I remind her to do so.

And a wonderful husband, who can build or fix anything he sets his mind to, and that we have equally talented friends whose skills complement ours.

How are you tending your own garden these days?