Tuesday, December 24, 2013

One woman farm: my life shared with sheep, pigs, chickens, goats, and a fine fiddle by Jenna Woginrich

Cold Antler Farm - such a lovely small book to enjoy on a winter afternoon.
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.

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