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Overcast, showering & fog this morning… but I had the beach all to myself! 🙂

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No farming, no marketplace, no processing! Taking the weekend off to enjoy some solitude.

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” Man– despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments– owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains. ”

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Whoever penned this statement was most certainly a gardener or a farmer, for those that live closest to the earth are not only the most tolerant of nature’s ways, but the most forgiving–even when droplets fall at the most inconvenient of times. 🙂

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Very early, the other day as I walked along the beach, a dear friend came to my mind, as he often does as I stroll along with my thoughts. I was loving the quiet full silence as I looked out over the water. A lobster boat was slowly moving along, hauling in trap after trap, and a few gulls dipped in and out of the smooth surfaced water diving for the remains being cast overboard. I so wanted to share that moment with you, I thought.  The calmness of the water, reflected the tranquility I was feeling–not one ounce of turbulence below, considering my crazy schedule this time of year.  This was one of those rare times when I was exactly where I wanted to be, with the perfect person in my heart, doing what I wanted to be doing. I was feeling what I loved feeling — at peace and  very safe. j.a.s.

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I took a detour today away from my usual along the dunes and beach for my walk, doing the woods trail instead.  With all this rain we’ve had, everything has just come alive. The fiddleheads have nearly passed, the marsh marigolds ablaze, a few early trillium were spotted, and one lone columbine graced the paths.

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It’s a good thing we squirreled away some extra nuts for this hopefully, last Nor’easter of the season!  It’s just plain nasty out there.  Be safe everyone.

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Our three days of sheeting rains have finally blown out to sea…

So, off for my walk I went. I was beginning to feel a little stir crazy stuck in the house.  The dory down in the river was just about holding its own and plenty of water. The sun was just breaking through the clouds and it was pretty balmy for our neck of the woods. A real treat  from Mother Nature.

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After a long walk along the beach, I crossed over the dunes and into the woodlands before heading up to the farm.  My first real walk since the surgery, but it felt great being out there again strolling along my favorite paths.  The ‘bittersweet’ ending to yet another fabulous season. I snapped the last of any natural color we’ll be seeing here for the next few months along the way…. the rose hips, juniper berries and the bittersweet brambles, and then onto my final destination.. the farm, pulling the last of the cabbage, horseradish, kale and spinach. This time of the year I’m always torn with mixed emotions.  As much work that the farm entails, and a good rest I surely could use.. I’ll still miss it every day until Spring. Winter well, farm… you’ve more than served me well.

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And when I returned home, in my mailbox I found my 2017 Johnny’s Seed catalog! Timing.. as they say is everything. 🙂

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