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Almost Spring

The weather has been stunning this week. Cool, crisp mornings that become gloriously warm, sun-drenched days.

It does my heart good to wander the farm spotting tiny wildflowers and clover emerging from the dry, brown fields, to stroll through the gardens seeing all sorts of plants coming to life.

Peas are my favorite late Winter vegetable with their crunchy, sweet shells that go so well in salads and stir-fries, or just eaten as a snack while I’m out working.

I’m excited about today because I’m finally back writing after taking a necessary break during the spider bite adventure. It feels so good to get cozy in my armchair, sip on tea and hot chocolate, and type away at various articles. I’m back doing what I love.

I’m also taking photographs again, and that is lovely too. There are so many gorgeous things in this world, and I love having a camera again to capture them. Like this tiny strawberry blossom. I learned yesterday that if I add coffee grounds and pine needles to my strawberry patch, I’ll be rewarded with a bumper crop. So that’s what I’m doing this week. I do so love garden fresh strawberries.

Over the weekend I finished weeding four out of my five gardens. Phew! Such a huge job, but it’s marvelous to see the tiny seedlings flourishing without weed-y competition.

My artichokes are growing beautifully, and I’m so excited to have my own artichokes in a few months. After living in California for seven years, I’m a devout artichoke lover. Especially with a small bowl of creamy homemade mayonnaise to dip them in.

There’s something so hopeful and inspiring about Almost Spring. Seeing my world come to life again rejuvenates my own spirits and renews my dedication to doing the things that lead to wholeness, peace, and well-being. Difficulties that seemed insurmountable a few weeks ago have glimmers of possibility now as I face them with increased strength and resolve.

The change of seasons always seems to give second chances, the opportunity to take a deep breath and try again. I like that.

Now it’s time to feed goats and ducks and chickens and four dogs and a turkey, and check on the broody geese to see if we have any goslings born yet.

What do you like best about the change of seasons? xo

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Ken Powell - It’s so cool how you are welcoming the change of seasons, Krista. We have a great deal of blurring of this change down under, compared to those places where snow shuts everything down. Autumn crocuses flowered here in January, the camellias started in March and flowered right through winter, the freesias and snowdrops started in July and already the azaleas are in full bloom. There has not been a week when we haven’t had flowers on something, even in mid”winter”. 🙂 Your photos are brilliant, as usual – good to see you back in form!! XO

Krista - Aren’t garden fresh peas the BEST, @tandysinclair:disqus? 🙂 I just love them. 🙂

Krista - I promise I will, Charlie! 🙂 I’ve got the battery charged and ready so I’m ready when they make their appearance. 🙂

Tandy Sinclair - I am planning on growing peas for sure when I do my garden next month. I love that the mornings are getting lighter. Makes me feel that summer is just around the corner 🙂

Hotly Spiced - I do hope you photograph the goslings and show them to us when they are born. It’s great to hear you are back doing what you love. I’m so pleased to hear the worst of that spider bite is behind you. I love the images of the changing seasons – it sure does look like Spring is almost here xx

Krista - Thank you, paradis! 🙂 xo

Krista - That is a good, good thing to be reminded of, @disqus_WseMqaTPwi:disqus Thank you 🙂 XO

mlleparadis - you said it for me! love that second pic. happy snapping!


Jackie Smith - The change of seasons reminds me that nothing lasts forever. . .I need to treasure it all while I have it and not assume I’ll get another chance. . .Happy spring wishes, hugs, Jackie

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