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Winter Meditation

StriderI have a hard time wrapping my head around winter on the farm.  I feel like it should be a time of hibernation, of catching up on tasks that fell by the wayside during the growing season, of contemplation.

But I find myself instead turning winter into a long anticipation of spring.  Two weeks until I can prune the apple trees!  Four weeks until I can plant the peas!  Two months until the first spring flowers will peek out of the leaf mould!

I often think that Mark would make a good Zen monk --- he has an enviable ability to live in the moment.  I catch only glimpses of such a mindset when I empty my head through a half hour of yoga, a long walk, or a sketch in the outdoors.  Strangely enough, I've also been finding that intensity of focus while browsing the web in search of images to include in the Lisbeth Longfrock posts.  For hours at a time, I feel like I'm transported to Norway, milking pesky goats into wooden buckets.  I'm sure there are much better uses of my time, but as we all know, books are my mind-altering drug of choice.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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