This is our view from the trailer. I made it to a place where I can stay put for awhile in what is called Mendonoma (Mendocino/Sonoma Counties). I feel like a kid again: doing chores on the homestead in exchange for room and board. I am learning how to make a simple living out in the forest, connected with cycles of creation.
Here, we participate in the making of our own food! We glean (finding new, untapped food sources that would otherwise go to waste) apples and blackberries, found growing in abundance throughout the area. Mmmh cobbler! It goes great with \”Le lait au Rouge\” – divinity in a mason jar: raw, fresh, optimally digestible & naturally homogenized goats milk.
One of my favorite jobs is to collect eggs. Our six chickens don\’t always lay an egg each day, so it is always a fun little surprise to see how many will be waiting, and where. Today (only the second time EVER) I was lucky enough to collect the total: 2 brown and 4 green! Yay!
It is also my job to feed the animals: dogs, goats, chickens …and WWOOFers. We compost all \”waste\” and food scraps – allowing a year for decomposition with Biodynamic preparations before adding this now-nutrient-rich soil back into the garden as a building block for the food that we will harvest. In this way, we complete the cycle. [AND we eliminate the need to contaminate our water supply with fecal matter: a very ridiculous practice indeed. (Read: The Humanure Handbook)]
Yesterday we made it off the property (and out to the ocean!!!) for the first time in two weeks. What excitement! I have gained so much appreciation for this natural abundance in my life and gotten really good at \”Not Needing\” (or consuming). With each day: added appropriateness. Appropriateness, in difficult times, sees the wisdom in ailing as presence for personal healing. As Neale Donald Walsh says, \”obstacles are not opposing you, but merely and gently re-routing you. It is important not to view that which stands in your way as your \’enemy.\’ It can often be your best friend, sending you on a detour that takes you around what could have been your biggest stumbling block. Send a word of gratitude, then, for anything that seems to be \’opposing\’ you now. All things in life happen for good. Trust God about that.\” And I do. I feel blessed.
And then there is the forest-woods-wild-er-ness. It is alive, conscious and inexplicably breathing in as we exhale. It has eyes and feeling, just like any other being. It is also a place. The redwoods bring an impressive energy that permeates the air. I am so thankful to have time to experience this gift first hand. I can hardly describe the magic that I feel, but it is profound Presence. There are four other trees that fill the forest: Douglas Fir, Sugar Pine, Tan Oak and Madrone.
Here are some other things that I want to express GRATITUDE for:
\”The perfect amount of sun\”
\”Lemon & Mint\”
\”A Friend to Help\” …brew tea, make lunch
\”Taking Care\” …of one another