No, not the Christmas season, but a seaon that is quite poignant, nonetheless.
A season of preparation, reflection, waiting and anticipation, nurturing, hope, forgiveness, and finally, new life springing forth.
I look at our garden and reflect…..reflect on the preparation of the soil, the planting of the seed, the watering and tending (weeding, fertilizing, etc), the hope that the seeds will take root (deeply and hardy), the anticipation and excitement we feel waiting to see the first sprouts of life push through the soil bringing new life that will bring our bodies sustenance.This garden is truly in its season.
This year, a season of awaiting the birth of our 2nd grandchild (a boy) due ANY DAY certainly fills the bill of many attributes of “’Tis the season”.It’s been one of preparation, waiting and anticipation, nurturing, hope and new life.This child and new life is truly in our season.
This is also the season of Lent.Again, a time of preparation and reflection.A time of waiting and anticipation.A time of forgiveness and mercy.A time of great hope.A time to prepare our hearts for the most glorious gift given to us – the Resurrection of our Lord.It is the completion of God’s promise to give us eternal life in heaven even after our earthly bodies have died.This Church is truly in its season.
Reflecting on all the facets this life has in this season I cannot imagine how anyone could not BEE in awe!
Praying for a Spirit-filled Triduum and a happy and HOLY Easter!
I'll bet many of us 50 plus boomers can recall some attempt during childhood of a garden, or raising some chickens, or even having pantry with real staples like flour,beans,rice and the like. No one could ever imagine or conceive of a 24 hour grocery store. You went out bought your staples (usually more than one or two meals at a time) put them away and bingo "time to eat". Well, we can thank our parents for some of that, but greater thanks goes to the grandparents who instinctively knew to have some of the basic stores on hand. Many remember Grandma's small garden of tomatoes, green beans, some simple herbs and the like, and this for me was in an urban environment (tract homes no less) in west Texas.
Well as Cindy mentioned this is an effort on the part of some very dear friends to recapture some of that "can do" spirit that was so inherent at a time when progress didn't mean casting aside what it is that makes us wholesome.
Perhaps with a little work, commitment and becoming important to one another we can once again discover the old and enduring truths that some of us have devalued in the name of progress. My bad knees, hips, and Jane's back not with standing " Everything Old is New Again"
Beans, squash, zucchini, radishes, green onions, peppers, lettuce, spinach, cherry tomatoes, corn, more tomatoes, carrots, beets, watermelon, cantaloupe, basil, red onions, chives, oregano, cilantro and a whole wall of sunflowers.
I've heard it said that the best part of gardening is
looking through all the seed catalogues and dreaming. We're dreaming big.
My favorite catalogue (the most beautiful pictures) was Gurney's www.gurneys.com
Great prices, great quality ....and they had a coupon!!!!
We are fortunate that Matt's father has a large home on 2 1/2 acres right here in the city.
The land has not been worked in over 20 years, we'll need to work on the irrigation, prepare the ground and put up 200 feet of horse fencing to keep the livestock out (wish us luck!)
The plot is 40 feet by 60 feet. Ric & Matt are staking it out and preparing the sprinkler system.
Until we saw the cleared area - it had not occurred to us that this is a 2400 square foot garden!!! Bigger than our houses.
We are 4 great friends who share a love of family, friends, faith, food and now....farming!!!!
We've been talking about the promises and challenges of the future. After many late nights of discussion (and pizza & wine at our local hangout!) we found agreement on so many principles -one of which - talk is cheap - put your ideas into action!
Instead of complaining about the economy,the rising cost of gas and food, the brokeness of our society, all the bad news in the media - we started talking about what we could do about it - here and now.
An idea emerged-
Let's start a garden, relearn the skills of our ancestors and pass them along to the next generations.
Now this is not just any garden - this is a "huge" garden and it's right in the middle of the city. None of us have any farming experience, we have very limited gardening experience and to top if off - we live in the Arizona desert. It's a good thing that we're not afraid of hard work and commitment.
We'd like to share what we learn along the way. We will all post to this blog and hope that you join us on the journey.