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The simple pleasures of the day (please add your own)

 
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Having the first 4 strawberries from your new raised strawberry bed for breakfast...
 
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Eating strawberries from the vine, while weeding in the cool of the morning.
 
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From the past couple weeks:

Clean sheets. Warm enough weather and a low enough pollen count to open the windows. Fresh baked bread. Hugs. Lunch out with friends. Talking about everything and nothing with my best friend. Watching and identifying SO many birds out the window. Budding cherries on my trees. Sunshine after weeks of rain.
 
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Hiking today in the suddenly-cool weather. Such wildlife!  Garter snake, pheasant, and oh, the woodland flowers!
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I recently walked in my new "forest garden zone" (never had one like this before), and the ground was SO soft there, like a sponge! It was incredible feeling. It exists only for two or three months and already starts to look like a forest. But with edible plants mostly ;) and a birdhouse!
 
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I've got 40ish birds in the brooder.  I love watching them.  5 weeks ago I didn't have any animals, now I've got 60 with hopefully that many more on the way.  
 
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Today at 5.30 pm eldest daughter tells me: We have to be at tennis at 6.00 pm.

What?? She did not tell me before and I was a bit angry at her bad planning.
Well, so I get ready to take her there (15 minutes by car) and take some newspaper with me for reading as the little restaurant at the tennis/sports club closed unexpectedly.

But as the weather was so fine I decided to go for a walk in the woods instead - well, it is a path between wheat fields and the forest, and it is very peaceful with birds singing, woodpeckers pecking, dragonflies buzzing by, and you walk under a canopy of trees planted maybe a hundred years ago - linden (buzzing with bees), oak, beech.

The path meets the little river after 10 to 15 minutes walk. I was the only person and I had never been there before, and it is really beautiful!
So what started out as an unexpected errand turned into a most beautiful walk in nature. If it weren't for one single airplane crossing the sky and a wooden bench on the other side you could have thought you were in the wilderness (not really much wilderness in Germany).
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When your little dead-looking, slightly moldy comfrey roots that arrived by mail in May are getting so handsome in their temporary pot home:
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When your first "field" of wheat (grown as a cover crop for this new bed) is a lush green mattress that makes you want to have a nap in it:


And your brand new baby bur oak is settling in with his new buds--a lupine, friend-logs for shelter, and rotting bit of tree for any goodness it wants to share.
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Due to the heat and humidity, I find myself getting outside around 5 am lately.  My back yard is covered with lizards catching the morning sun.  I never realized there were so many on my property.
 
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Waking up at 4 am to star swim!  Sky swimming out here is SPECTACULAR!
 
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The paw paw seeds that I stored in the fridge all winter and planted out since spring are finally germinating!
 
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Amy Wilkie wrote:Waking up at 4 am to star swim!  Sky swimming out here is SPECTACULAR!



You mean swimming in a pool under the night sky? At first when I read your post, I pictured you standing with your head tipped up to the night sky, moving your arms in a swimming motion to simulate "swimming" through the sky. And it reminded me of forest bathing, which of course also doesn't use water. :)
 
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Heidi Schmidt,

Yes, you got it exactly right my friend!  You must be a fellow sky swimmer!  I never knew it was called forest bathing!  
I felt the urge to do it and it has become my most powerful form of meditation!  I witnessed 3 shooting stars in less than one minute
one night.  My latest obsession is sky swimming and then videoing the sky as if I am still sky swimming.  SPECTACULAR!!!
I had always loved sitting outside just admiring the stars.  But when you look up, and pretend you are swimming with your arms and turn and swim
in all directions you reach a different level.  Back in February, someone actual stole the toilet from my camper out here on 17 acres in Texas.  So,
I learned really quickly about making composting toilets.  And because they just ripped it out and broke the water line, I also had to learn quickly about
bathing outdoors.  I found for myself, I loved bathing in a kiddy swimming pool or just showering under the stars.  At first it was a bit odd I have to admit,
but then I felt more connected to nature on new levels.  The deeper I dive into moving toward a totally off grid experience, the more I appreciate
life and am gaining a much stronger stance on protecting our natural resources.  Sky swimming is a totally sober and humbling experience for me.
One does not need to be right next to a river or a mountain to feel like they are on an adventure!  How fantastic it is that mindful waking meditation can take us
soaring through the sky and walk right back to our slumber to continue the journey!  I hope to share this experience with others and also invite anyone to just
step out under the stars and SWIM into the universe!

One Love!!!
Amy
 
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Amy, I'm glad I pictured it the right way!

I think you're right--I can see that being very meditative. Most of my life, I've had this curiosity about meditation, but I've never really done it, thinking there was only one way, the traditional way stereotyped in movies and cartoons, and that way wasn't for me.

Then last year I started Tai Chi. Mind blown. It was like meditating. It was meditation in motion. THAT'S the kind of meditation that works for me--meditation in motion. So all that to say, I get the sky swimming and it makes perfect sense. And I'll be sure to try it. :)

 
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Fairies and gnomes deeming my land a good home... this is a simple pleasure.

The fairies come and go as they please through the base of the maple tree. They seem to like the tiny violets I planted for them, as well as the scotch moss as a lush little lawn (and it even blooms tiny flowers). I do plan to continue building their entrance.. maybe a little shelter from rain and some front steps. In the spring, grape hyacinth "trees" line their walkway.

The gnomes are playful and show up here and there in the garden, usually hiding a wee bit in the foliage. I'm not 100% sure, but I think this one farms microbes, in much the same way that ants farm aphids.
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For me some of the simple pleasures are.....

-Watching the pigs tail do a sort of twirling spin. Always tells me they are happy.
-Milking an udder which is tight, I means easier milking and that i fed the goat well the day before :)
- When the cats sits on me and starts to lick herself. I cannot explain it other than it gives me this tingling feeling in my head and down my neck. It relaxes me immensely. Same thing happens when someone puts their finger nails thru my hair.
- Walking out to the garden and stopping to let the snakes pass by.
- Walking out the garden and seeing birds fly out of the logan berry plants. Acknowledging that i contributed to the birds natural diet by planting a berry plant. ( this is most significant because the forests are overgrazed by feral sheep)
- Noticing all of the places the cat lies down throughout the day.
- Waking up in the morning and reading for an hour before i do anything for the day:)
 
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Finally able to remove most of my little fences and chicken-barriers to let the hens add the garden to their free-ranging.  They hunt for bugs, scratch a little, and nibble at the leaves of the cauliflower.  Where there are succession seedings (carrots, NZ spinach) there are barriers.  It's such a nice feeling that they are allies in the fight against slugs (etc.) instead of garden pests themselves!

When it's too hot and sunny they stay in their "resort" - the compost pile in the shade of the woods.
 
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Seeing my children watching wildlife with the wide-eyed astonishment of children discovering the world.

Looking back through pictures on my phone at how pathetic the bare-root strawberry plants had once looked, now that they are established and putting out runners.

Getting to the blackberries before Bambi does. =)
 
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I bought flax chaff for mulch and it contained unusually many seeds. Now I have a gorgeous flax meadow! I'd love to use it for making twine, but I'm not excited about the rotting... is is possible to skip it? Anyway, for now I look at the lovely flax flowers every morning and of course there are other plants going among them too, because the flax was supposed to be just mulch.
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We had a lovely lunch of all fresh vegetables from the garden and I just sat down to knit a bit of wool, even though it's blazing hot in the middle of July. There's comfort in knowing that the seasons still come and the earth continues to revolve no matter what's going on around us. I'm confident that fall will come, then winter, and the earth in all it's beauty will still give us what we need.
 
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It is such a simple, satisfying pleasure to wander past the raspberry bushes a few times a day, and pop raspberries to my heart's content. It's just dripping with raspberries right now, and they seem to ripen up every few hours. It's heaven!
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You all are posting wonderful pleasures about nature and home...and yes, well, this is certainly a tribute to nature that just tickled me pink today.



These are **earrings!** I did not make them, the amazing Miss Wondersmith did. Seeing them sure brightened my morning and I thought other permies would enjoy this art as well.



 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:You all are posting wonderful pleasures about nature and home...and yes, well, this is certainly a tribute to nature that just tickled me pink today.



These are **earrings!** I did not make them, the amazing Miss Wondersmith did. Seeing them sure brightened my morning and I thought other permies would enjoy this art as well.




Whaaaaat!? So cool. I truly thought it was something you had cooked up.
 
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I had such a nice transaction today with a lovely like-minded lady which I met via a local ads platform.

I exchanged some seeds from my garden for her Kombucha scoby. She also gave me a degustation of her second fermentation with grape juice and we chatted about herbs, gardening and fermentation.
So I have a nice Kombucha jar sitting in my kitchen and had a wonderful chat with a nice person on top.
(Today was also the last school day of this term, so I am looking forward to some relaxing weeks without appointments)
 
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I discovered that the shrubbish plants that bloom with beautiful pink flowers everywhere around here are thimbleberries!  Edible!  Growing all over the place, including across the street!

I've never tasted thimbleberries, but I am planning to in a couple of months.  Yay!
 
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Made the first gazpacho https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gazpacho of the season - with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and garlic from the garden, some of my homemade bread and boiled egg from my hens!
When gazpacho time is around, it really feels like summer.

Unfortunately I have to do without it when the first heat hits here because those veggies take much longer to ripen here in Germany than they do in Spain. I basically grew up on gazpacho and could it eat every day in summer - it provides you with liquid, minerals, vitamins, carbs (bread), fats (olive oil) and protein (egg and also cured ham if you like) - a full meal in one bowl!
 
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My tomatoes and peppers are still green. Today I was sleeping in the sun and doing nothing! Ok maybe I pulled some weeds ;)
 
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Since Anita raised the subject of food, I just sat down and needed a snack so I'm finishing off my homemade Lamb heart/liver/garlic pate - apparently lamb liver has an awesome amount of B12, so I should be energized enough to empty that trailer-load of horse shit from my friend...
 
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My 3-month old volunteer peach tree is as tall as me today. It has been gaining one inch per day in the past month. I felt like a little kid, standing by the tree every day to compare the height.  Amazing!
 
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Early yesterday morning, my wife and I had a great moment.  We were both, coffee in hand, looking out our kitchen window at the new corrals for the goats and pigs, the new run for the chickens, and the new hay shed. Then she commented, "Look at what all we have accomplished this year!"  It was a fulfilling moment.  I normally think of all the jobs not done.
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Of course getting the chickens to go to the new run appears to be a challenge.

 
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John spoke of the enjoyment of achievement, for me it was a little outing to the next beergarden, not even 10 minutes from my house (if you don't know the concept of beergarden: This is an outdoor restaurant with rustic benches, normally under old chestnut or linden trees, where you are allowed to bring your own food - in Bavaria at least - and get the local beer, other beverages and typical food at the connected foodstalls).

It was such a warm and peaceful evening, people were cheerful and relaxed (although everybody observed distancing, mask wearing and desinfection rules, plus inscription with your phone number).

The locality is one of the nicest nearby with the historic restaurant, a chapel, a brewery (not working anymore, alas), a little farm shop, meadows with bee hives, ponds, a forest-keeper's house.
It is quite famous because of the little spring with supposedly healing properties, even emperess Elisabeth (Sissi) of Austria came here for "cure".

Everybody was happy, especially my 12 year old son who had the idea to go there.
I include a pic of one of the buildings: On the right, the stairs of the small but precious chapel of the Baroque era (still used for weddings and baptisms), behind that would be the beergarden, on the left in the background you can still see the chimney of the old brewery.

People come here even from Munich and farther off and it is located in such a serene environment that makes you forget Corona and other worries.
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This really doesn't fit here, yet I didn't want to start a new thread. Besides, it does fit the mood.

A woman I was working on a project with was having problems with their teenage adopted daughter.  The daughter was from mainland  China and had been abandoned in a small village as an infant.  The daughter wanted to see where she was from.  The family decided to make the trip. In brief, the village as destitute. ....huts, unpaved streets, etc.  The daughter became silent for the rest of the trip.  When they were in their car and driving home from the airport, the daughter spoke, "Mom and Dad, I won the lottery."
 
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It does not feel like a simple pleasure, but rather a huge gift:

This morning when sitting at the table (with views to the garden) I heard a bird's voice that sounded unfamiliar so I looked out: It was a kingfisher! So brilliant and majestic!
I have only seen one once before in my life. I have a small garden in a densely populated community, no ponds with fish or streams nearby. He must have passed on his way to a more promising water. Good luck, we have lots of intensive agriculture here and little nature left.

(I asked a friend to report the sighting to the ornithologist association).
 
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We have a "winter creek" in our back field which is really just a ditch that holds the extra water from our winter storms. It started running after the last rain and there's been enough rain every few days to keep it running.

Today, our two "teenager" Muscovy ducks were zooming up and down the narrow waterway like speed boats showing off, and I couldn't help stopping just to watch them thoroughly enjoying themselves.
 
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Sitting on my milking stool, watching the sun rise out the barn door.
 
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Coming home to my cozy tiny house and the love of my husband. My heart overflows sharing this special place on Earth with such a wonderful human being!
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I live in a region with lots of autumn fog (read: gloomy, short November days), but today was bright and sunny.

A fellow genealogist from the North of Germany had posted a photo request for a house in a hamlet in this district. It is only 20 minutes by car but I try to avoid using the car and burning fossil fuel so I was a bit reluctant - but luckily my husband suggested that we take the bike.
He regretted it a bit later on as our region is quite hilly but it was such a nice day and beautiful scenery. A few bikes on the roads and even fewer cars.
My little town is located very conveniently with suburban train to Munich, kindergarten, elementary school, supermarkets, pharmacy etc. etc. but the downside is it is "too modern" for my liking and there are lots of new houses where previously there were fields and farms.
In contrast, if you go into the countryside you have those old farmhouses with barns and orchards and hens and clutter and lots of space! And in between patches of wood and little ponds, majestic old trees.
We also stopped at a forest and I picked some mushrooms - I just love the smell of moss and resin and mushroom as I grew up opposite a little forest.

I completed the photo request, and on our way home we picked up organic potatoes, eggs, walnuts and garlics from some honesty boxes along the way (all shops and stores are closed in Germany on Sundays).
The son had switched on the heat for the pot of potatoes while we were on the way back (about 1.15 hours one way) and the children had set the table so that we could sit down and enjoy a good meal together.

This was such a calming and joyful Sunday!
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