Today is the vernal equinox (vernal meaning youthful) and marks the first day of Spring; a time of balance between light and dark, where the hours of dark and light are of equal length in the day. It is a celebration of balance, growth, awakening and new beginnings. Today the sun is shining, the birds are singing away, and it really does feel like spring is here...Happy Spring everyone, may you all have a wonderful season xxxx
So...! the past couple of weeks....if i can try and stretch my mind back, never an easy task, thank goodness for the photo reminders!
We finished cutting down the died flower stalks in the woodland and meadow (see last weeks blog for more details!!!); what an amazing feelng that was, and actually a lot easier than we dared to imagine. I think it took us about 2 weeks in total, with mainly about 4 people, sometimes more. Thank goodness for neighbours; two days before the end (which wouldn't have been the end if they hadn't arrived!), Chris and Bob turned up and gave us a much needed hand. Thank you both very much indeed! x :-)
We planted a new living willow arbor in the garden, this will provide a beautiful place to sit and sip teas (freshly picked of course - something we hope to be able to add this year, more info about this to follow...)
The community allotment has begun....this is a fantastic project that is being run by my daughter molly and many of her friends. They have taken over one of the allotment plots and are busy digging and weeding every day after school ready for seed sowing in a week or so. Their idea is that they will grow veg to give to both the local community and to the homeless centres free of charge. I'm in the process of making a page on the website detailing more about this but if anyone would like to donate either seeds, seedlings, tools or a bit of time to give them a hand i'm sure they'd be extremely grateful!! (just get in touch by the contact oage if you would like to help ! :-))
The farm acrobatics team (headed as usual by the fearless Margaret!) took to the stage yet again for a spot of reroofing yoga!!!.... see the pics for an idea of their daredevilry!!! It was extremely high!!!
We are now advertising our very first weekend event..Foundations of Tao Practice, held by a good friend of mine Tanya McCormack.
The course will run on two weekends of this year; one in July and one in September ..and will be held outside in beautiful locations around the farm. Camping is included and all guests will dine on meals of freshly picked homegrown organic produce...how can you resist... there's even a sweat lodge! :-) see Foundations of Tao Practice for more details...
The first bees and butterflies are out and about...
and i have begun my yearly explorations into the art of wild food foraging...the first thing this year was gorse flowers for tea...delicious, refreshing, and tasting a little like a sunny meadow mixed with a tropical beach :-)...see this page for more info...
have a fantastic week , and best wishes,