Wow. I think my head was in the sand regarding our move. I can't believe the amount of things one can accumulate in 9 years. I was stunned by the amount of stuff we 'hoarded' over time... some of it I did not even recognise. Its a terrific lesson in downsizing. Even going from a smaller place to a larger place - we have an over abundance.
I think the place I will spend the most time of all is the kitchen ( I know, thats not unusual) but the view is wonderful and the cupboards are quaint and old-fashioned. Two things I love about it are a pull out spice rack, built in... and in another cupboard someone was clever enough to build dividers in for my muffin tins and cookie sheets. Little touches like this are special to me.
WHAT A VIEW!
Its nice to sit and watch the lake. I find myself just sitting down and enjoying the view. This time of the year is especially wonderful, watching the plants emerging and blossoming. There are 7 acres of fruit on the property and we discovered there is a killdeer's nest (bird) right in the middle of it. I will try to take a picture and post it for you! The eggs are black and white speckled.
THE BEES ARE BUSY!
We took a walk on Sunday - the one day we had to entirely rest - and the weather was perfect. We strolled by these blossoming trees and were drawn to the industrious bees working away. I'm especially interested in bees at this time because I am reading a book I recently purchased - THE HIVE by Bee Wilson (really, her name is Bee, short for Beatrice) I have a new appreciation for bees and honey after reading it. Realize this - before sugar came along, with the exception of fresh fruit and maple syrup, honey was the only sweet thing people knew. It was so important it's sweetness was compared to what Manna was in the bible:
The people of Israel called the bread manna.
It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey.
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a single worker bee may visit up to 10,000 flowers in a day!
I had better wind things up here, so I have time to check my email. I promise to come back as soon as I can. Thanks again for all your well-wishes and I will touch base with each of you at the first opportunity!
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