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Quote of the Day: Marilynne Robinson

April 5th, 2015

“I was struck by the way the light felt that afternoon. I have paid a good deal of attention to light, but no one could begin to do it justice. There was the feeling of a weight of light–pressing the damp out the the grass and pressing the smell of sour old sap out of the boards on the porch flood and burdening even the trees a little as a late snow would do. It was the kind of light that rests on your shoulders the way a cat lies on your lap. So familiar.”

Marilynne Robinson in Gilead

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I am greatly affected by light. I find myself noticing light more than I notice just about anything else. Light is particularly important in photography and I like to use natural light as much as I can. There’s really nothing like the hour or two right before sunset. I call it the golden hour.
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While the winter light is still nice, it just doesn’t reach the intensity of the summer light. I’m really looking forward to the light this summer.

What time do you most notice the light in the garden?

Quote of the Day: The Sun!

October 26th, 2014

When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.

Wilma Rudolph

Yesterday the sun finally came out, you could almost hear a sigh of relief from everything: the pigs, the birds, the trees, the humans…
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It was refreshing to our spirits and to our souls. I spend as much time outdoors as I could, hanging laundry, feeding animals, hiking, and cleaning up the gardens.
The quote above is very true, I am ver much affected by the level of light. This becomes clearly evident this time of year, when I am lazy to get work done if it’s cloudy and gray. The sun is like fuel for me, perhaps I’m more connected to the grass and earth than I realize.

Do you find yourself affected by the sun?

AH…..The Sun

April 14th, 2014

I’m soaking it up, I love the sun this time of year, it’s not quite as hot as it is in the heat of the summer.
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I try to spend some time outside every day to soak up some vitamin D.

How’s the sun in your garden, is it still nice or is it starting to get hot?

Friday Favorite: Sunny Days

September 20th, 2013

This time of the year, if the sun is out, I’m out (at least if I can be).  I know that soon enough the days will be short and the sun won’t be as high in the sky.  I’m trying to soak up as much sun as I can to get me through winter.  I’m almost ready to trade my tank tops for sweaters, just not quite.  Luckily the weather is cooperating and I’ve had some really wonderfully sunny days to dig potatoes this week!
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I enjoy the sun in winter too, it’s just not as strong as it is in the summer.
The laundry will also miss the heat of the sun, even the clothes I’ve been hanging out recently haven’t been drying as quickly as they did even a few weeks ago.

Do you live in an area where you notice a big difference in the strength of the sun throughout the seasons?

Soaking up the Sun

May 28th, 2013

Last week, we had a straight week of rainy, cool weather. The total rain amount for the week was 6 inches. It was OK for the first few days, then it started to get a little miserable. Everyone was miserable, the chickens, the pigs, the chicks, the dog and the cats. The ducks however, were in seventh heaven!
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Thankfully, yesterday the sun came out. Everyone was happy: the chicks frolicked in the front yard, the pigs enjoyed their new garden space, I mowed and weeded all day, Mr Chiots mowed and built a few things in the garage, the chiots basked in the sunny spot on the lawn and Dexter spent all day hunting tiny rodents.
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A day of sunshine after so much rain is appreciated more deeply than other sunny days. It’s kind of like taking a hot shower at home after you’ve been backpacking for a week!

What’s the weather like in your garden?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.