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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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I’ve been a collector of sand dollars for as far back as I can remember. All shapes and sizes. All shades of colors, from chocolate brown alive, to slate gray to bleached out white, or ecru in color from the clam flats.  From Maine, to the gulf coast of Florida, to the Carolina’s. In the water, alive… and dead basking along the shores. They’re just treasures to me to find. Mystical, fragile and historical and simply lovely.

But no matter where I’ve collected them… by far my fave spot is out on Goose Rocks. So after our storm blew out to sea yesterday I went on my walk and collected more of my treasures from the sea, until the sun began to rise.

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My love of peaches borders on obsession.

I have loved, savored and craved juicy, ripe peaches my entire life.

As a child, we often vacationed with my Dad in Maine, and one of the highlights of every trip was making magical homemade peach ice cream, made with local peaches that we had picked.

My favorite book was “James and the Giant Peach.” As a little girl, I thought how amazing it would be to be trapped inside, eating my way through a giant, juicy peach.

My first T206 collectible baseball card was “Peaches Graham”.

There’s not a single food that reminds me more of summer, that brings back happy childhood memories. Peaches remind me of my dad. They bring me happiness.

My first peach-picking experience this season was just a few short weeks ago at my good friends, Ann and Howards’ orchard.. Foxes Ridge Farm in Acton and the last.. a few days ago, with my two grandsons, Liam and Eli. It was just a beautiful day… peaceful and so much fun — as was enjoying the fruits of our labor. Peach pie, Peach Salsa, Peach jams.. and of course.. peach ice cream! yummy!

Hopefully, peach picking will definitely become an annual summer tradition with my little guys. I hope it will become a wonderful memory for them too one day, and they’ll remember me, the same way I remember my Dad, bringing them happiness, as well.

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Happy birthday, Magonnie! ❤

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Oh, boy! Look Ma.. will ya just look at that! *insert tail wagging a mile a minute 🙂

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….. and he’s off! 

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Usually Lucy and Goosey and the gang come honking  along whenever they spot me. But this morn, they were subdued and simply sauntered up to me, quiet as church mice waiting for the treats I bring them. Not a peep.. not one itty bitty sound did they make! It was a little disturbing. I missed the honks. 😦

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