Yesterday I took Amanda and both dogs and our little picnic of Pomegranate Champagne Cocktails on the newly repaired four wheeler down the seldom mown path to the Wild Forest.
I have three forests growing. One is the Fellowship Forest which is a collection of flowering and wild fruiting trees – many of which have been donated by you – the Fellowship. One is a long strip of Mulberry trees planted by the birds and saved from death-by-tractor with me roping it off.
This one is a collection of wild trees and a number of maples. Half wild planted, half people planted by Us.
This is where I go to be far from home. But am really very close to home as the crow flies.
This is the picnic spot.
Even though it is on the other side of the Flying Fox that was never finished and right across the ditch from the asparagus patch it is reached by riding down the road, across the bridge, through the West Farm, then back along the ditch – then we follow a long and winding trail cut through the long grass. It feels solitary, alive and quiet and thanks to the trees and milkweed and a few wild flowers that have begun to take hold it is a paradise for birds and butterflies and dragonflies.
And people and dogs.
My dream is to take a good portion of the family land on this side of the farm and using a government program to help farmers return the land to prairie, enlarge this strip of wilderness into great swathes of resting plains alongside my own fields for cows and hay.
It is an enormous dream.
But until then I tend the trees and sow wild flowers and grasses down here. Or just sit.
I hope you have a lovely day.
WEATHER: Perfect for some lazy gardening and lawn mowing.
High of 85f with a 50% chance of scattered thunderstorms this afternoon.