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Walking is good for both, the sole and the soul. Think of all the health benefits.  Think of how much you are missing not seeing zooming by in your cars. Slow down and appreciate all that’s right under your nose 🙂

 

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Now that the seasonal things have slowed down considerably for me, I’ll surely be walking a lot more… Some days, I bring my camera along.. most days, it’s cell phone only.

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Somebody asked of me, ” how do you choose your subjects”. 🙂 I had to smile at this because truthfully there is no real rhyme or reason to how or what I take any shots of.  And… I am certainly not a professional.. it’s strictly a hobby for me.. but I will admit, I prefer candid shots to posed by far and macro’s of florals.. and veggies.  🙂 You’re probably perdy tired of seeing veggies on this blog.. but I absolutely love the progression of the growing season from start to finish, so just grin and bear with me! LOL  If you only knew how much I spare you (I love food & cooking) by omitting my food pics from this blog … but if interested hop on over to my family cooking blog. Simply scrumptious recipes with photos– but just remember, I can’t be responsible for any calories that may find their way to your midriffs or thighs… hence, just another reason to walk!! 🙂

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I adore animals, that’s pretty obvious …..

 

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and the ocean calls me to it daily, as I just love my solitude and ya know what they say, ‘if ya don’t use it, you’ll lose it!’ As a one time runner, I’m perfectly content ( as are my knees 🙂 to simply walk nowadays.

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Some of my family shots  just tug at my heart… and I want to always remember those times, so they’re catalogued here, just for those occasions… hence the name of this blog– Thyme Goes By… a Remembrance. 

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Well ya gotta admit.. it is a cute bum! 😉

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And some days it’s whatever catches my eye or makes me laugh out loud! 🙂 It takes so little effort.. so get out there daily and see what you’ve been missing. You’ll probably hate it at first if you aren’t an outdoors or active person.. but I’ll guarantee you, once your hooked, you won’t want to ever miss it again. Just Walk!

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  Time is a funny thing–it passes, it always seems to pass… like breaths, the breathing of years. This growing season, here at the CCF has passed more quickly than I would have thought… the season is nearly over.
    It seems as if I haven’t been farming all that long… but long enough now to really lose track of the seasons. These days, each season seems layered on the last rather than a linear string of time.
  And I think time is starting to play tricks on me… For instance,  when I think of June, and I see all the Junes, I lose track of the years… I see Rob planting beets in the the back pasture. Clara and Iris bundled up at a rainy farmers market Tomato Plant Sale, me  organizing the green house… or trimming the goats hooves… not in order, just all layered together… and then I think of how many folks I’ve fed, how many food pantry’s we donated to in all the years on the farm… right up to this season’s market days… it all seems to exist in this hyper-duality of the present and some  of ancient memory.
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  Beyond all of our reality, the more time I spent on my farm, I’d start to really absorb the ghosts of the place… I’d find myself moving hay in the barn and be struck by a warm feeling of meta-repetition, repetition of all the women and men who had moved hay around the property previous to us for the last 150 years… and it happened kind of a lot… pulling rocks out of the field, eating a plum off the tree, helping to deliver triplet kids, squinting in the low hot autumn sunshine, rubbing flies off the back of Francesca… our family cow, telling my grandkids a story on the side porch… it’s all happened  before, and it continues to echo, in my mind.
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   This season, in a nutshell has been a wonderful growing season… and all of my customers and friends are a huge part of that, so thank you — for the much appreciated support throughout these years. But for me, the real joy isn’t just in seeing this season, it’s in seeing all of those past seasons, folded back on one another, taken in together, a prolific blooming collective experience, retaining all of the good memories, the hard work and even the woes of life on a farm on any given day…
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  Now, only the pumpkins, winter squash, two rows of sweet potatoes, along with plenty of kale… remains. Perhaps that’s a good thing– the coming of the end of another season. It’s a reminder to slow the pace down now and hunker down for that awful impending white stuff, once again.

 

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Move over zucchini.. make room for the hubbards.  Picked the last of the zucchini today.  It’s been a prolific season.

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Calendula officianalis also known as ‘Pot Marigold’ is one of my favorites in the herb garden.. for not only their showy colorful appeal & addition to any garden.. but medicinal, cosmetic, culinary & dyeing benefits. The flower petals are the most resourseful part of this very versatile & lovely plant and contain the highest concentrates of healing resins.

Yes, this humble plant has been an inspiration of herbalists and gardeners for centuries. Named for it’s ability to bloom every month of the year, Calendula comes from the latin, ‘Calends’ or ‘New Moon’ and since the calendula flower head follows the sun.. it’s also known as ‘summer sundial’.

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The flower itself means ‘winning grace’ in the language of flowers and you’ll get no argument from me here, with colorful hues from pale yellow to bright deep oranges.. but the sweet calendula has been valued as a ‘wellness herb’ for centuries. Some marvel at it’s ability to soothe pain and prevent scarring. It’s also an excellent antiseptic, thereby preventing infections. Calendula is commonly used to soothe skin and reduce inflammation, and the key ingredient that will go into my Calendula Agave soap bars. Additionally it is good for small children to help alleviate skin disorders and diaper rashes. The dried flower heads are used to flavor soups & stews, added to the dye pot for some marvelous earthy golds & yellows, or added to a natural healing balm.
It’s been a great season for the calendula in the gardens this year. Much of it has already been dried, that will go into my formulations… soaps, balms, creams & salves. Some, into meal making and even my baking.. and a good amount will go to my friend, Rita and into her dye pot to make me some lovely golden wools that will be incorporated into my hooked rugs this winter.

Calendula… in my mind, least of humble. More so, simply marvelous.

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She’ll be dazzling when she unfurls… opening to the wind, just like her big brothers. 🙂

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KISS…. take thyme to smell the black-eyed Susie’s! Thank you Maggie Mae for the reminder  🙂

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