Spring twitters, tweets, chirps, sighs, shines, and slowly, oh so ever slowly comes to life around here. The mountains have lost their snow caps, maybe only temporarily since we could wake up to snow covered peaks any morning until at least June.
Hiking on the mountain the other day was a magical nature moment with a background scene that played out with hardly a change since our last visit.
The quietness, the damp ethereal greening, small determined plants pushing upwards through rocks and gravel.
The roar of a overfull rushing stream our companion as we climbed.
Someone, not me…. got their feet soaked as we explored a path previously unknown to us…he stopped to check, as I lagged behind mesmerized by the beauty all around us, camera capturing what my senses couldn’t remember…the log tipped…the stream claimed another sock and a runner.
This hike shorter, but still sweet…the mid afternoon sun now piercing the tall trees filtering down in gentle cool layers.
I’m microblogging on my Instagram feed if you are interested in seeing more photos. There is even a short video of our hike on there.
I tell people who complain about the late spring that it’s unfolding with a slow grace…and it is. Allowing us more time to view the beauty of the daffodils, the slow unfurl of a blossom, the greening of a branch.
The garden prods me on sunny days, it seems to be a never ending task, feeling as if the beds have doubled in size. But spring gives me strength and determination to make it what I’ve dreamed of for years.
A haven, a place to enjoy nature, and life.
We added 2 new raised beds bespoke for veggies, built of wood claimed from the farm, each plant has it’s own story in my garden, each raised bed created from wood that was recycled, and retained…telling how it came to be.
And as I sit on the back porch looking across the yard remembering the blank slate that we first saw 5 years ago it’s a good feeling to realize that now it’s ripe with branches, and berries, birds flitting through the bird houses choosing a home for their mate.
We build it, they will come, and are welcome.
Since I’m writing of building, have you seen the Spring issue of RURAL magazine? Filled with lovely stories, delightful words, and gorgeous photos…a winters worth of work blooming on those online pages. Click on the link to take a look at our talented contributors.
Don’t forget to enter the contest for your chance to win a copy of the Build a Better Vegetable Garden book, I’ve found it so inspiring and trying out a few of the projects…find it on page 7 in the magazine.
For now, Jen @ The Light Laughed