Snapshots of the Farm Life
January 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
I love living in the country. Just love it. There’s fresh food, lots of room for the kids to run and burn energy and knock themselves out, sometimes literally, pretty scenery, and, well… the kind of peace and quiet that is rare and special in our day and age. But since a picture is worth a thousand words (or, in this case, a thousand pictures), I want to show you a few of the things I love about country life:
I love stacking wood, kids permitting.
And I am really good at it. Don’t you think?
I love maple snow taffy. Isn’t this simply beautiful? (Done by boiling maple syrup to the soft ball stage and pouring in a thin stream into a pan full of snow – add several drops of cream to the syrup when it’s about to go town – this will tame it).
And I love trout caviar. The eggs must be separated from the membrane that holds them together one by one, without you popping them. I am good that. It’s in my blood, you know, what with being from the world’s caviar Mecca and all.
There are throphy bucks to be spotted in one’s backyard. DID YOU SEE THE RACK ON THAT BEAST?
Countless tomatoes to be canned…
There’s the trill of the first bluebird of the year – before the grass had even a chance to turn green.
There are maple trees to be tapped for their delicious sap right on that border of winter and spring. In season, we drink it by the gallon.
And I love making one or two fat, beautiful lilac bouquets when my bushes are in bloom.
And how the heart rejoices at the sight of the first robin! There’ll be here in no time!