I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show. ~Andrew Wyeth

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

First the Rain, Then the Fog, and Today... Oh, the Sun

"An absolute patience.
Trees stand up to their knees in fog.
The fog slowly flows uphill.
White cobwebs, the grass leaning 
where deer have looked for apples.
The woods from brook to where
the top of the hill looks
over the fog, send up not one bird.
So absolute, it is
no other than happiness itself,
a breathing
too quiet to hear."
~Denise Levertov~ The Breathing
And then this morning, as if I had wished into the heart of Mother Nature for many days on end, it happened. The Sun greeted us, on the porch, as an old friend that comes unexpectedly after a long absence....
Bright, blinding sunshine that lit the damp, dead leaves with transparent hope.
Everything seemed joyful and more precious because of this life giving orb in the morning sky. 
I told you that the garden ladies would smile....
Do you see it? That small curve to the corners of her mouth? 
The faint difference in her demeanor?
The wonderful feeling of warmth and peacefulness?
Yes, the is what the sunshine does in Winter.
And then... I'm sure I saw this rabbit wink at me.
Talk about happiness.....Oh Freckles, does the sun feel good?

Brownie stood in the goat house doorway for the longest time with Bart and then he came over and rubbed his head against the fence. I know he has been the most miserable of all. Do you see the upturned corner of his mouth. That's like a silent meow.... He's such a drama king.
And then.... Murphy, my magic goat, came over and nibbled on my fingers, looking straight into my eyes. He said, " Thank you Farmlady. This is an auspicious day. A day of sunshine and happiness." 
With goats, you always want them to think that you are the creator of the sunlight and of food, so I just replied...." You're welcome, Murph'."
It was a bright and beautiful morning.


  1. What a bright and lovely post. so glad the sun came out and smiled upon you, your garden and the all the animals. It is still cold here but yes the sun is shining here also. Have a blessed day. Madeline

    P.S. Love all the pictures they are great.

  2. how did carl and cooper love the sunny day? I love the goats enjoying it all~!

  3. I would hug the goats and sing to them, and I am sure they would harmonize along...

    Now I want sunshine...we have had such cold days, you could slice my breathe in the morning on the way to the gym...hmmm, sounds like a good line to a poem doesn't it!

  4. I love sunny days in winter they really do bring a lot of joy. We have awesome days out here in the winter except for those when there are 3 tornadoes going thru town! Yes, we are fine.

  5. The sun's warmth must feel sooo good! Even in your photos, the garden ladies seem to be enjoying it!
    (There's another snowstorm headed our way...)

  6. Ellie Mae... of course you want the critters to think you are the creator of sunshine and food. I would venture one step further and say that I bet they think you are the creator of all things good in their lives. The result being that they love you and are devoted to their human. Enjoy your beautiful day and the sunshine.

  7. Do your goats hate the rain too? Ours head straight for the barn with heads held down even at the slightest drizzle! Its amazing how one bright day can change ones outlook on things!

  8. Could feel the warmth and I love Murphy :)

    I could still see snow LOL ♥


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