We love our lives in these blessed hills. The predictable daily routines are fabulous enough, but many days bring enchanting surprises...opportunities for collaboration, cooperation, and just plain fun.
This past week we had many momentous moments.
* Our "Monday family lunch" grew to 12 as Amy's gardening colleagues hauled compost and hay, building garden beds to grow more food next year. We all savored a delicious meal in the brilliant sunshine and glorious warmth at our banquet table amidst Amy's gardens.
* A young farmer friend arrived to walk our hay fields with us to assess his interest in taking over the caretaking of the pastures. He gets hay and our land is well cared-for; we all win.
* A neighbor living without an oven (click here
) came to our kitchen to bake some bread and hazelnut butter cookies (yum!). We found some delicious rolls left on our counter after his departure.
* Another farmer friend came to try out our antique corn sheller so that he could shell some of his gorgeous corn to grind into cornmeal. He and I carried the beefy beast out onto the ramp and as he cranked the big handle, I threw in the ears of dried corn. The cobs shot out the back and the corn kernels dropped through the bottom. We'll collaborate in the future, sharing his corn, our sheller, and our mill.
* Friends, apprentices, and interns came by to help chop, dice, weed, and transplant and left with happy hearts, full bellies, and some food to eat later.
* Amy's dad picked up the black walnuts that had fallen from his tree to give to us. After the porcupines, squirrels, and other mystery critters raided and got their share, our colleague Carly left with the rest to make black walnut tincture (and who knows what other surprise treats!). When we need medicine, we know who to turn to.
* Another herbalist friend (click here
) stopped by with fantastic herbal tick repellent; we were so delighted we bought one for each of Amy's gardening work mates. She also, "just by chance" (divine intuition), left a tincture to help us fight off impending illness, right before we each began feeling a bit thick in the throat. Thank you!
* We helped friends and neighbors in the midst of medical challenges and were met with deep gratitude.
Friends, neighbors, colleagues and customers stop by to visit, work, play, pick up food and plants.
The cycle of giving and receiving goes round and round, daybreak to nightfall, each and every week on Honey Hill. It's a rich and wondrous life.