Monday, January 02, 2012
A Cold But Sunny Day
This is the creek that marks the border of my property on one side. It runs alongside the driveway for a bit as you first come in. Then the drive turns sharply to the left and runs alongside a smaller creek or stream really. I need to do some cleaning and clearing so you can see the water better as you drive in. It's very lovely. Every morning, after I do the second check and feeding of the chickens, Chigger and I go for a walk down the drive, all the way to the road. It's not quite a quarter mile round trip. On nice days I like to sit by the creek for a bit and let it talk to me. There's an old saying around here that, 'there's a lot of wisdom in a fire'. Meaning I think, the peace and insight conjured up by the mesmerizing quality of flame would lead one to at least a few decent thoughts. By that same measure, I think there's a lot of wisdom in a creek also.
And every day Chigger finds a stray limb down by the gate and carries it all the way back to the house. I figure if I take her on enough walks she may get that whole end of the drive cleaned up. Most of them are good for kindling so I break them up to put by the stove.
Today was what we would call 'brisk'. A stout wind blowing and very clear, cold air. I hope the wind dies down tomorrow.
Most all of the holiday festivities are over so it was back to the grindstone today. It's a pleasant grindstone though. You can't much beat working by a nice warm woodstove making art that people are actually buying!
And speaking of art and festivities....Ya'll know I adhere to the 12 Days of Christmas right? Well, most of the celebrations are over but the one last biggy is coming up; 12th Night! or Epiphany. Traditionally it is a night for partying and eating and such but I live out in the boonies and it falls on a Thursday this year, so....I am going to have a 12th Night Party here, on the blog. Now, usually you would bake a King's Cake or similar and inside the cake is a coin or bean. Whoever gets the coin or token in their slice is crowned "king" and is supposed to have good luck that year. There are many variations to this depending on your denomination or heritage. Anyway, you all come by here Thursday and leave a comment. I will bake something that can be divided up. I thought about cupcakes but Jack and I have eaten so many sweets and such I may use something else. Now, whatever it is, it will have a coin inside and I will put a little flag on each section for every person that leaves a comment. Maybe I'm explaining this right. Anyway, as we eat whatever this is, we will come across the coin and if your name is on the corresponding flag, you win one of my mugs! and the coin! Some of you may be more excited about the coin I know, but anyway, I thought it would be fun! And who knows, there might be some other goody thrown in.
I will accept names from 6 a.m. to midnight Thursday and then start the flagging and eating Friday. And yes, I will show ya'll the baked product with all the little named flags before the chowing begins. Fun, Fun!!! I will probably have 2 or 3 mugs that you can even choose from.
Oh, the picture above is of the spring overspill and the watercress that grows there. I guess the recent bout of warm weather has brought it forth. I picked some today and was amazed to taste it was already hot! Normally it stays mild until the weather gets really warm.
So, don't forget Thursday!!!!