Tuesday, December 24, 2013
One woman farm: my life shared with sheep, pigs, chickens, goats, and a fine fiddle by Jenna Woginrich
For all the would-be farmers, a small (207 pages) book, illustrated with simple black & white pencil drawings.
Each chapter a season, ending with Holy October. I keep wanting to use the word lovely for everything, the lamplight, the sheep, the chickens (my favorite), the 1850's farmhouse lit with kerosene lamps.
A peaceful, slow paced life, with much hard work, but so enjoyable.
"Chores become acts of blessing. My daily work is always heading toward a larger holiday: shearing, lambing, and bringing in this year's ram. And it has all given me the gift of purpose in the most practical sense: Do this work and it will sustain you. do this work and you are alive."
This perhaps is the way we need to nourish ourselves by living this sort of life, a connection to the world of animals and farming - back to the old ways.