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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pie day energy transference



The farm and Pino thank Annie, equine helper of the day, Ms. Loup for flying all the way from NYC to help, and Dandyland who came all the way from his magical kingdom in Kentucky ["you're alive!"], and Deborah for sitting under a hot tent and not complaining.

My head is spinning, my heart is full, my feet are worn. The Pie Day was so fabulous, despite the 95 degree day. This photo captures the reality of the day. I know it sounds corny, but the event had an energy about it that was pure "Pino" - warm, honest, and kind.

My head is still digesting it all. The whole weekend was magical, thanks to our absolutely wonderful house guests all the way from Kentucky and NYC - but that is a whole entity of it's own that I won't write about...yet.

Our farm is a living, breathing entity, bringing things and people into it. Apifera Farm is a story book that one steps into and plays a role in. I get to have a recurring role, and the characters evolve around me. I am sort of overwhelmed as I'm typing here - perhaps from too much pie, or heat, but I am busting with love for my farm and my life and my husband and friends I am gathering here. It is as if the farm is now my skin. I breathe, it breathes.It breathes, I breathe. A chicken dies, a part of me dies. A seed is planted, and a new creative idea coincides. People are drawn into our farm for a reason, and some of those reasons I don't know. It's not necessarily important for me to know the reason. But after this pie event, I know that Apifera has purpose beyond me.

I can see Pino's face as the older woman's crumpled up hands petted him, and I can here the story of the woman with MS who came and told me she was just 'taking it all in'...I can see my friend Annie, birth mother to Pino and Lucia, in her hat and apron, arriving with a basket of cherry pies...I can see the little girls in a gaggle on their picnic in the shade, making pictures for Pino of the fairy ships...I can hear the voice of the 87 year old woman telling me about her husband who passed away not long ago, and how they had lived down the road for 50 years...

16 comments:

Terry Busse said...

Aaahhh
I am so happy for you, pino and your farm. It sounds like it was a truly lovely experience. I thought of you all on the farm and wished I was there. You have created such a wonderful space for so many. Thank you.
Terry

turquoise cro said...

Those pics tell it all! LOOK at that angel blondie hugging with her lil eyes closed another donkey angel! Angels all around for sure, wish I could have been there!! xo

Joan said...

I'm so glad it all came together to make a wonderful day. Pino looks very handsome. I'm looking forward to more pictures and stories.
Joan

Cathy said...

I am in tears over the beauty of this post, which captures the magic of the day so well, and from the sheer joy of spending a weekend with you and Martyn and the donks and bees and cats and dogs. [and my Danny boy]

I'm back in NY but my heart is at Apifera, and always will be.

I'll send you some photos after I sort through them...

Debbie said...

Katherine,
I loved Pino Pie Day! Thank you for having all of us. Pino was wonderful! Apifera Farm feeds the soul. You and Martyn have grown this spot.
I wrote about the day and have pictures on my blog.
Your heart shines.
Debbie

Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

Katherine... what a BEAUTIFUL experience. I have to confess that tears well up in my eyes when I look at the photo of Pino with such a lovely little admirer.

I am so very glad that Pino's Pie Days were a SUCCESS!

I have been cleaning my studio and found two vintage aprons. I am bringing them with me in October to give to you for next year.

warmly,
Tracie Lyn

Anonymous said...

"I breathe, it breathes." It didn't take Pino's Pie Day for this to be revealed. Any regular reader of your blog knows you and your farm and your animals are one in this universe. Your blog often brings tears to my eyes with its honesty, its beauty and its joy. You work so hard; I'm so happy that you've found the reward right in front of you. That's such a rare gift.

coloredsock said...

oh man, i got the goosebumps. it sounds so beautiful and fun and sweet. i'm so happy for you and pino and everyone at the farm and who came. sounds so special. you are really inspiring, girl. you write so that i feel like i'm there. i'm in awe. xoj

Red Fish Circle said...

beautiful Katherine, love the Donkey area hug sign, the beautiful photos, the lovely words... so glad it was such a success and so fulfilling for you. Looks like we could all use a little Donkey lovin'.

thorngren said...

So glad it was a success! I was thinking of you on Saturday. Thank you for all that you do.

Zan Asha said...

This is so wonderful...but anonymous is right--the words you have so eloquently put together can be felt throughout your blog and anyone who's read ONE entry on your blog will understand the beauty beneath the skin of your living breathing farm...
Many Blessings!

herzensart journal said...

I´m so happy for you that it was such a wonderful event. I´m sure your visitors are filled now with inspiration and good energy. You are gorgeous Katherine!

un instinct de bonheur said...

The "love" in that Pino hug is tangible......

Your magic has worked once again.......

We were thinking of you on the 28th and are happy to know that everything went so well (we knew it would).

Amy C Evans said...

a big day, indeed, and a very full life you have, miss katherine. very fond of the donkey hug area. sometimes i wish there were an amy hug area ;) hugs to you, my dear! xo

blue sky dreaming said...

My heart is warmed by your most recent posts. I also love your art and see it as yet another reflection of your life.
Mary Ann

mansuetude said...

this is like a silkworm spinning love and hope into silk others can feel. you got hit by the spirit.

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