31 October 2015
“The river and the garden have been the foundations of my economy here. Of the two I have liked the river best. It is wonderful to have the duty of being on the river the first and last thing every day. I have loved it even in the rain. Sometimes I have loved it most in the rain.” - Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow
30 October 2015
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born….
…For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.”
29 October 2015
""Look!" said Jill suddenly. Someone was coming, rather timidly, to meet them; a graceful creature on four feet, all silvery-grey. And they stared at him for a whole ten seconds before five or six voices said all at once, "Why, it's old Puzzle!" ... He was himself now: a beautiful donkey with such a soft, grey coat and such a gentle, honest face that if you had seen him you would have done just what Jill and Lucy did - rushed forward and put your arms round his neck and kissed his nose and stroked his ears." - from The Last Battle, The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
28 October 2015
“Life is grace. Sleep is forgiveness. The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day's chalking.”
― Frederick Buechner, The Alphabet of Grace
27 October 2015
And there's nothing like a mule-powered wagon ride to undergird a rich appreciation of being in the thick of autumn's crisp, golden glory. At the behest of their well-seasoned driver (sporting weathered fringed chaps, no less!), this team gladly showed off some fancy and tight turning footwork.
A cup of hot cocoa at ride's end capped off a pretty perfect fall afternoon.