Spring is here and I am wondering with amazement where did my winter go? Wasn’t I going to nestle in my cozy chair covered in blankets and catch up on books to read and knitting projects I had been dreaming about? Oh well! Everyone I talk to has said the same thing. Where did the winter go? What happened to all of my projects I had planned?? While we are like most of those hardy northern folks that actually relish in the winter months and maybe one or two really good snowstorms, we also really look forward to spring!
What moments of winter bring to us all are times to reflect and unwind. After 30 years of work in education and raising a family, I now have a great opportunity to care for our family of animals and our woodlands in nature. I also have the opportunity of building my calendar for daily and weekly check off items– things to do…etc. but what is most important as I work through my list, is the enjoyment of staying in the moment while I am completing my work. Finding time to put away the electronic devices that keep me connected to the world at large is really what keeps me connected to the world at large. Just the simple outdoor pleasures of building a paddock, creating a woodland path, taking care of our alpacas, spinning their fiber into yarn and then creating patterns and final pieces of knitted pleasures keeps me connected.
We have met so many wonderful people in this new adventure, only a half year old. There are so many amazing communities of people if you look for them. But to reach inside yourself and ground yourself in your passions of who you are helps to build those communities. We try to stay true to ourselves to follow our dreams, sharing with others that care. Creating the time to reflect and unwind, regardless of the season is first on my list. Being on the farm and working with our animals within nature is an ideal setting. Our friends and families have grown to understand why we chose this path…the only question is why did we wait so long!!
Happy Spring everyone! This spring season, we are watching in amazement both Emalyn and Winterberry continue to grow; enjoying our hound, Louie, frolic in the woods untethered; planning our “breeding dates” for 2017 babies and working the alpaca manure into hopeful gardens of herbs, vegetables and flowers and oh yes, adding to our farm some chickens!! :) Hope you find a quiet moment in your day to unwind and enjoy what you’re doing!! Sweet kisses from our alpacas to you!
Anne and Mike