A Family Builds a Homestead in the Rain

Waning Winter

The first of the buds opened in January. Like a kaleidoscope of butterflies clinging to the silvery bare branch of the almond and plum trees, the blossoms arrived as a harbinger of the imminent spring.

It’s been warm here– unseasonably warm. Alarmingly warm. But at times, in the evenings while my husband throws the ball for the dogs and my daughter and I forage for salad greens, it’s hard not to enjoy.

On February 14th, a regular Saturday for us, we drove out to the local winery adjacent to a sprawling almond orchard, just for fun. Sipping glasses of pinot while our daughter toddled across the bare dirt, we walked out beneath the bejeweled branches. With each tiny wisp of breeze, showers of snowy petals rained down over us.

I was especially grateful that we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, because that afternoon became, with no expectation or urging, a celebration not of a calendar holiday but rather of a unique landscape and a season of our lives. February won’t look quite like this next year, but I know it too will be breathtaking in its own way.

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4 Comments

  1. February 22, 2015    

    Nice read, and photos. Can’t wait to see more of spring in your place, keep the pics coming they give some of us hope!

    • February 22, 2015    

      Thank you! I know, it’s strange that I can complain about too-warm weather when so many people are buried in snow drifts. Stay warm if that’s you! 🙂

  2. February 22, 2015    

    The trees are starting to bud here too…I love stopping to look at them and seeing your pictures here shows me you appreciate the little things too. These tiny nuances of nature make the entire canvas come to life.

    • February 22, 2015    

      Hear, hear– well said! Honestly, the place I live now and am leaving has a lot of ugliness to it, which is something I try not to write about. Instead, I try to focus on the beautiful little things! This season is definitely the best one for finding that beauty.

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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