Sunday, October 19, 2014

Apple Pickin' 2014: Harvesting


"Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard..." - Robert Frost

 


We awoke to the savory scent of Mushroom Barley Stew simmered slowly in the crock over night.  Carefully ladled into mason jars and placed into the picnic basket with a crusty baguette for our annual autumnal jaunt.  The air was cold but the stew was still hot after picking apples and savored on a quilt in the grassy sprawl between rows of trees in the orchard. 







I know what I bring to the table.
I bring moments to be remembered.
I bring delicious foods to be savored.
I bring warmth.

What do you bring?

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Sense of Wonder: Stream Monitoring


“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”  - Rachel Carson






















During the summer whilst playing in the stream with my son, we met a lovely woman walking her dog.  Turns out that she is in charge of stream monitoring for the town.  She asked if Satch would like to help out at the next one.  He was thrilled.

We received a call in the Fall and joyfully said YES!  It was a wonder-FULL experience.

Recording the stream temperature...


















Capturing critters to assess the health of the stream






















Identifying the critters









Recording and counting...a healthy stream!

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Purple


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Seawater Begs the Pearl: Aunt Bea



There is some kiss we want with our whole lives,
the touch of Spirit on the body.
Seawater begs the pearl to break its shell.
And the lily, how passionately it needs some wild darling!
At night, I open the window and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door,
and open the love-window.
The moon won’t use  the door,
only the window.

- Rumi























Photo: Beatrice & Philip Huntley with my mom.

It was a journey that entailed a 10 am Metro from VA to DC - and - Amtrak from DC to CT.  Then a roadtrip with my dear cousin Adelia that rolled us to her enchanted cottage in Searsport at 2:30 am.
When we awoke, we began our day Jan's homemade jam, then we drove another 2 1/2 hours to Jonesport and made it in time for the 11:00 celebration of my great aunt's life.

When I arrived in Maine and walked into the cottage, the scent of wood smoke immediately transported me to childhood summers with my Aunt Bea and Uncle Phil.  I remembered digging clams with my feet and running up the rocky cliff just as the tide came in to swallow up the beach.  If lucky, I would return with a pocket of sea glass for my efforts. 

Ours were large family gatherings around the table where the air was filled with laughter, and the bowls were filled with fresh chowder.  In the morning there were breakfasts of biscuits and homemade jam while beneath the window my aunt's poppies danced in the sea breeze. 

It was there that I met my first fox.  It was injured and my uncle was nursing it back to health.  There were jackrabbits too, big ones and barn swallows building mud nests under the eaves.  Sometimes I would find egg shells in the grass beneath and marvel.  We caught and released tadpoles from the pond beside their home.  We took walks in the woods to find the peat bogs where the mysterious pitcher plants grew in musky clumps.  Occasionally we would find a snake and bring it in the house to scare the ladies.  

They were good times, and I cherish those moments.

Beatrice Elaine Gray Huntley Urquhart 1930-2014

So many memories.
So much love.














































































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