The other day we found a snake skin that was shed by the front door. It is fascinating and beautiful. Our friend Holly pointed out that snakes have both grippy parts, and slippery slidy parts on their skins. This allows them to move along the ground without feet or legs. Holly is an engineer, so she is always thinking about movement and biomechanics. Also, she considers the beauty and intelligence of the world around us. I think of the skin in terms of farming. Sometimes you have to dig in, and sometimes you have to slide through. There are hard parts and easier parts. We just have to keep moving forward. The farm is an organism that just never stops. Right now it is producing a great deal of greens and fruiting crops. We hope you are enjoying them!
Tuesday at lunch we were talking about ‘what is on your fridge’? Crayon drawings? Brochures? Recipes? Poetry? Isabel’s younger sister Brigit wrote a poem for her fridge. Here it is in full: “Summer is funner than a bummer.” I think she’s right. But yesterday it was pouring with rain and the farm crew was cold and wet while they harvested, which is a bummer. The sunny days and satisfaction that comes from a beautiful and abundant harvest is the ‘funner’ part. Wednesday evening David and I went swimming in the Avon River close to the farm. The salt water was warm enough to stay in for a while. Semipalmated plovers were flying around in formation, flashing white bellies alternating with black backs. Once they flew as a group right above and between us. What a thrilling, definitely ‘funner’ feeling!