Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring in slow motion

Since early in 2005, I have kept two separate blogs.  'The Homestone' where we post photographs of the changing seasons on our 48 acre homestead, and this blog (The Warmth of Wood) which has been devoted primarily to the work we do and the folks we work with.  I have decided to combine the two blogs.  I'll just post here from now on; on our Touch Wood Blog, and on our Facebook page; Touch Wood Rings, 48 Acres.    

With that, I'll share my final 'Homestone' post published earlier today.

Today is the last day of March! Spring is just now springing from the snow packed ground. The melt has begun and the birds are returning.  The male Red Winged Blackbirds have been joined now by the females and their mellifluous conversations fill this 48 acre bowl we call the meadow. 

Our early Canada Geese are back.  Yesterday the most magical thing happened ... I was standing outside when I could hear them honking from over a mile away. As they flew over the house and out toward the hay field, I said "hello you guys welcome back" and they did an abrupt turn around and flew back over top of me ... so low... closer than I've ever had them come to me in flight ... I knew it was their hello.  

Spring really is nothing short of miraculous!!  It's so amazing to be witness to the natural world waking up from winter, a world we know so well after all these years.

We watch for the first Dandelion.  And yesterday, there she was ~ her yellow flower open to the sun.

There have been a few ducks dropping by but the creek is still frozen in lots of spots and the hay field hasn't yet turned it's snow pack into the temporary lake we look forward to. 
The warmth of spring is quite a bit later this year than last.  We enjoy the slow melt to spring ~ the slower it goes the more we can enjoy the change of season.  

For those of you who don't frequent Facebook and other social media outlets; I want to share a new braided inlay design recently commissioned by a lovely couple in Colorado and recently posted on Touch Wood, 48 Acres.

Mesquite Rings with Oak interior liners and Coffee Wood inlays bordering Braided Hemp ~ commissioned by and created for Randal and Eva.

Here's an excerpt from the lovely letter they wrote when they received their rings:
"Our rings are unbelievably beautiful, truly beyond our expectations. The hemp braided inlay looks incredible and fits so well with the overall design and chosen woods. We could not be happier!!

This has been such an incredible and unique experience/process and we cannot express our gratitude enough. You are both such wonderful people and we are so pleased to have gotten to know you. You serve as more of an inspiration to us than I think you realize, and have given us the confidence of knowing off-the-grid living is achievable and can be quite fulfilling. We wish you both the very best and hope to keep in touch!"

Thanks so much Randal and Eva!  David and I wish you every happiness in the days and years to come, with much love.

And so it goes. New Touch Wood Rings for lovely humans and a 'slow motion' spring on the meadow. We are so fortunate to be living where we live, to be making a living with this work we do and to be sharing it with you.
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