The Dogwood (Virginia's State tree) in the yard is now in full leaf, which means that gardening is in full swing! Now, I am a reluctant gardener whereas Jorg is an enthusiastic one. While I am dragged, kicking and screaming, to the various veggie beds I do, of course, enjoy the fruits of our labors. We have already tasted the first strawberries from our small patch, have harvested the early beet, and have lettuce and spinach available in satisfying amounts for our regular salads (along with eggs from the chickens). Now that the last frosts are over (we hope!) the tomatoes from the greenhouse are in the ground, as well as broccoli, brussel sprouts, and snap peas. If the bugs don't get them (mild winter, so a possibility) and a possible drought is avoided, we shall have a great Summer feast. In the pipeline, it takes a couple of years to get them established, are asparagus, paw paws, plums and blueberries, and with the existing figs, peaches, pears and apples, promise a "fruitful" future. Funnily enough writing that all down makes the back aching work in tending the beds, and keeping the bugs at bay almost worthwhile!
“There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.” ( Chogyam Trungpa, 1939 – 1987, Buddhist meditation master and Supreme Abbot of the Surmang monasteries, scholar, teacher, poet, and artist.)
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The White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue is a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes at-risk Appaloosas and other horses. We have volunteer opportunities for the following:
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