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Saturday, December 06, 2008

After the work is done


We spent most of the day in the lavender field putting up pasture fence. We're experimenting with running the ewes in the field to keep weeds and grass down. I'm paranoid of roaming dogs that appear every so often, usually friendly, but they can run a sheep to a frenzied death. If all works as planned, come spring, the lavender field won't be quite as over grown grass wise, making Martyn's tilling easier - we hope. So stay tuned to see how the grand experiment works. I've let the donks run in there too, as they love thistle, and we are slowly weeding it out. But they get a little playful, running up and down the rows as if it's a special maze we created just for them. Amusing as it is, the plants are tender at a certain stage, and it's too risky for comfort.

And before you call us crazy, animals don't eat lavender, including the deer that frequent the field. They might test a plant here and there, but they stay away from it. There is concern that the initial bud growth come spring might be tempting to young ewes, but, I guess we'll find out. Besides, sheep fertilize the pastures as they eat. It was so pleasant working in the field with them as they tagged along near by. I just love my ewes. I'm always so happy when breeding season is over [as are they] so I can be back with 'the girls'.

The weather was perfect, about 50 degree and sunny. We finished the afternoon chopping wood. As I was coming in, the sky was like a Rubens painting. Unbelievable. Within 15 minutes, it was gone. I took this picture seconds before it disappeared. These short theatrical productions are worth the entry fee of working hard all day in the field.

With the showing of Venus and Jupiter on Wednesday night in the south western sky, I could not help but surmise about the year 2052. For Jupiter and Venus will not line up again like this until then. I'll be 94 years old. Many of you reading will be long gone, and some of you 20 somethings who might not blink about aging will be in your 60's. It was interesting and surreal to think of. Martyn and I talked that night how the night skies and all their history makes a human feel very small. I think it's good to feel small. It reminds you you're not the ruler of any one's world, not even your own. If I'm here in 2052, I hope I can remember that moment, but perhaps it's the fact I could take notice of it in the current times that's most important.

6 comments:

Claire said...

That sky is breathtaking. How perfect that you were able to see it. The deer do not eat my lavender either. I plant lavender around my hostas and they never get to the hostas because they are, I believe, put off by the lavender. In 2052 I shall be 83. I hope to see that day, and if I am lucky, perhaps I will still have chickens.

jean benabou said...

What a nice entry.....
Some things in life really can be savored....

Andrea said...

Fantastic picture!! I always enjoy stopping by your blog. :)

Balou said...

What a gorgeous sunset. I hope your experiment works out. I've heard of some of the locals around here using geese to keep the weeds down in the strawberry patches. 2052 - If I'm lucky, I'll be 88. It is strange to see the two planets so bright in the sky. I always initially think they're jets with their landing lights on from MSP airport.

Abigail said...

I took a picture of that sky too (from SE Portland)! I was at an open studio event and everybody stopped what they were doing and clustered around the window to ooh and ahh.

coloredsock said...

thanks for bringing me into that moment in your field with you and the ewes and martyn and venus and jupiter. the present moment is really all we have, and mine, right now is a landscape completely transformed overnight into a winter wonderland calling me into it! ah! and a bright sun bringing on a big blue sky. a walking i must go. good luck on the weed experiment! bind-weed-be-gone! pooof! xoxo

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