Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Beauty, hard work and the unusual...

My front porch...not just an ordinary porch
of decorated designer beauty, it holds the tools of my trade
and a nail keg full of sand in case the ramp is slick...

Country charm, as my dog-grooming towels
dry in the breeze, can you imagine living in a
neighborhood that bans outdoor clotheslines...
OH THE HORROR!!!

An heirloom tomato blossom, I was struck
by it's simple beauty...
looks like the sun, huh!

The cabbages and broccoli are going to town in the
bare spots of the strawberry bed...to which
I'm totally committed to keeping weed-free this year,
however, as last year's rains made it impossible, this years
rains are doing the same!

Lack of funds made it impossible to buy my bees
this year, but hopefully next year will bring promise...
I'm always hopeful, it will come when it comes!
The economy has me dreaming of homesteading,
going off grid has always been a dream of mine,
as well as communal living, each community giving a
helping hand to it's brothers and sisters,
reaping and sharing, one with the land...
isn't it the way it should be...sigh...!

The more homesteading blogs I find, the more
involved I become...what if...
what if it was all taken away and you were forced
to live off the land, how many could...
I can't even fathom the chaos...
I better plant more tree rows(and get a bigger dog)...ha!

This is what it's all about...free-range,
chickens in their natural state, wondering my yard
eating weeds and grasshoppers...
and having my flock follow me everywhere...
life is good!

But you have to see beyond the weed to the hope
and the new future...you think the lowly milkweed
is here to be destroyed, but what of the butterfly food...
try cooking the flower heads
or the young pods, Euell Gibbons would've,
he was my guru, back in the 60's...
I've always been a nature girl and a farmer wannabe,
and now I am...

I AM...!

6 comments:

Dixie said...

Wish our garden was doing 1/2 as good as yours... no rain here in the country in S. Texas... we water every day... but these 100+degree temps are !

and coyotes prevent the "free ranging" of our chickens.. so they're all cooped up!

my favorite photo... the towels hangning out to dry... now we've got that down here in French Lique!!

House Things said...

Your blog makes me happy. I wanna be just like you when I grow up. Miss you!!!

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Your garden is looking great, and I'm with you on the clothesline front, I love to see the clothes hanging outside, and that smell when you bring them in...sooo clean.

Those "chickies" are so cute, and you gotta love free range eggs, we get ours from a lady at my work, I exchange veges for eggs.

suzeeez said...

I love your little old pink home and gardens and chickens. Love the relaxed homey feel of everything .
Savour it !

Susie said...

Sharon, My favorite thing about you....how laid back you seem. A girl who's not afraid to get her hands dirty:):) love that. The thing about how many could live off the land, so scary, but I think very few. smiles dear friend , Susie

time worn interiors said...

I'm glad you are you, that's why I love you!
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