I want to have an on going close connection with the nature; woods, toads, ferns and moss and the songs of birds all help me feel more alive. One of my favorite things to do with my kids is a walk in the woods. On one of our walks this summer we came across a large old box turtle that let us pick him up and examine is beautiful shell with all it's interlocking sections. He looked at us with very old wise eyes and the girls wanted desperately to take him home and add his old soul to the family but the best thing we could do that day was to leave him in his woods and journey on.
I think one of the reasons I took so much trouble to install a wood stove last fall comes out of this desire for living closer to nature. I love the feel of a split piece of wood in my hand and the look of a neatly stacked wood pile. I like the spicy smell of the wood when it's being cut and the cozy smell when it's burning in the wood stove. Stoking the fire and a forgotten digital thermostat on the wall are a universe apart.
Later today I will be taking the frames out of the supers so we can begin to harvest our honey. We set up our first honey bee operation this spring. All summer the bees have been busy building comb and filling it with honey. Our garden was favored all season with these flying workers going from blossom to blossom to draw nectar all the while absent mindedly pollinating the plants. To be able to have a supply of our own honey to take us through the winter months of baking and hot tea is righteous. To weave a lifestyle that keeps nature and her many mysteries close at hand is our family goal.