“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

This Is December

In the midst of a very dark, foggy, and gloomy weekend, we had a brief moment of blue sky.  

So brief, that if you weren't outside at that particular moment, you might have missed it. 

 It was the perfect weekend for watching the world from the inside.

Much of my weekend we spent putting the finishing touches on handmade Christmas gifts (I can't share... because... well, they are secrets!) and packing goodies up to ship across country to family that we will not see during the holiday season (for obvious reasons). The rest of the goodies w.ill be delivered to front porches.   I can only imagine how crazy the USPS is going to be in these next couple of weeks.

We are quickly headed towards the day of shortest sunlight for the year, and right now we only have about 9 ½ hours of daylight.  I actually don't mind the shorter days at this time of year.  While the land around us is somewhat dormant and monochromatic, it's nice to have cozy hours inside the warmth of our home, with a crackling fire in the fireplace and candles adding a warm glow.

Meanwhile, around the farm, life continues on as it does all year long.  There's no hibernating for farm animals.

The horses have a little time each...

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