Monday, July 4, 2016

For the love of nature

I love spending time outside. Truly, anywhere outside is usually better than inside, but to really be loving life, I like to go to the mountains. 
The quiet, the seclusion, the smell, the sunshine, the intangible energy and quality of being in the mountains is wonderful. 
I wish it wasn't so hard to take the time and effort to get there, but at least we did get there recently. 
We went on a family camping trip to an area we know well, but to a whole new spot. We were the only ones around, and it was beautiful, and it was great. 

We were nestled deep down in a lush ravine of sorts, so there were only a few hours at mid-day where the sun was shining down on us. 

We did the usual--cooked over a campfire and explored around. 

Yes, there are few things messier than taking kids camping, but it is worth every mess.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Spring Irises

I really love Irises.

I often wish they lasted longer, but then I try to remember that that is part of the charm--they come in great glory when the rest of the flowers are still young and then they pass on very quickly.

You have to enjoy them the day you see them, because tomorrow they will look different. 
Even though that can be sad, I think that perhaps, for me, it is a good life lesson. 

 It has been fun to discover all the different iris varieties at our house--they have all been a surprise this spring! 
Only one plant did I bring with us, and that one traveled with us to 4 different homes. In each home, we left a little behind but brought it with us. 
It didn't bloom this year? Not yet at least....

These beauties were completely covered by weeds last year and pretty much finished blooming when we moved in, so this year it has been rather enchanting to see what comes up. 

I love the warmth of these mauve-colored ones. 

 And this beautiful peach one has been a fun surprise! There is just one blossom on it, but I'm sure in years to come it will expand. 

I'm thankful for irises--for their beauty in the spring and even for their short-lived blossoms that encourage me to enjoy the moment and each day as it is because tomorrow will come and today will be gone forever. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Bees!

Well, between our hornet invasion and the cold snap in the early winter, all of our bees died. 

We were bummed, but not detered! We decided to give it a go this season again. So, we ordered some bees and when they were ready, we drove out to get them and placed them back in our hives.

This year we purchased mini-hives called "nucs" (for "nuclear colony") rather than just a queen and some bees, hoping to get a jump on the season and make them that much stronger going into the winter this year. 

They were already thriving when we placed them in our boxes. 

 Oh I hope, I hope, I hope we get lots of honey this year and that these gals survive the winter! 
Wish us luck. ;)


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