A Family Builds a Homestead in the Rain

The Nature of Perspective

We are blessed with the most kind, generous neighbors here. They’ve welcomed us in with offerings of all sorts– moral support, most invaluably– including history and context of the area and its people. Those we’ve met have driven by the place for decades, and all have deeply lamented the recent clear-cut of the long-preserved forest. Part of that forestland is ours.

It’s not contrived optimism to say that I see it differently. Of course I wish the forest were intact. I can imagine, partly by exploring neighboring woodlands, the old-growth trees and native fauna. I can envision the cool dampness, the moss and myriad mushrooms. I know that it was majestic.

But: I consider our perspective a unique boon in that what we see now is not only an incredible improvement on the gnarled hillside we met last summer; it’s an awakening. The emerging vegetation would not have been part of the forest floor. We get to enjoy a different, ever-expanding beauty.

The enmeshed branches of too-small cut timber are increasingly consumed by vine maples, wild cherry, and hazelnut trees. The deer trails through berry brambles– which will soon yield abundant delicious fruit– are lined with heady flowering clover and pineapple weed. The meadows are strewn with daisies, red clover, sky-blue forget-me-nots, and innumerable other wildflowers.

There are unfurling ferns, columbine, and more wild food than I could list, but much of which we’ve been collecting, eating, and cooking with daily. Most of the plants, in fact, are edible, from the wild strawberries to the thistles.

The ugly sporadic burn piles host the most coveted of fungi.

This story would be a different one if the forest were still here. It would be someone else’s story that we would continue; this one is all our own. Ours is a story of regrowth.

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6 Comments

  1. May 25, 2015    

    I love your perspective! And, it’s awesome to have such supportive neighbors. 🙂

    • May 25, 2015    

      Thank you! I just read and shared your awesome perspective post as well! Such perfect timing!

  2. Rosie W Rosie W
    May 28, 2015    

    Beautiful photos and your writing is superb. Love reading all that you write about in your new life on the farm!! So peacefull…….

    • May 30, 2015    

      Thank you so much!

  3. MM MM
    May 29, 2015    

    Your new place sounds wonderful, indeed a beautiful beginning! Oh the delight of planning all that you want to do. You write beautifully 🙂

    • May 30, 2015    

      Thank you so much! It is lovely hear– more inspiration than there is time!

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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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