“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Goodbye July

It's hard to believe that July is coming to a close,
and yet, at the same time, it feels like it's been August forever.
It's been the most different summer of my entire life,
and yet, at the same time, it's been a good one.

Life is so un-hurried these days.
Each day brings the opportunity to really enjoy all that is around me.
And as you well know... there's an awful lot around me
that's worth enjoying!

The weather has been hot and humid, but most of our nights 
have been pleasantly cool.
So cool... that nights in the pasture are energizing for the horses.
They sleep the hot days away,
and enjoy kicking up their heels in the cool of the night,
and sauntering back to the barn for a nap, come sunrise.

We have had drought conditions for much of this summer,
and I worry about the health of our wells.
We have two wells... one for the house and one for the barn.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that last winter's rains
were enough to keep the wells filled for this hot, dry summer.
My fingers are crossed that August brings some rain.

Yesterday began early... before sun-up.
Morning chores were finished by 6:30,
so I headed over to the "field of dreams" to pick blackberries.
In no time I had picked a quart of...

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