notions of summer
hang on a kernel of truth
and hopes are raised up
sounds corny, I know
but, aw shucks, the jig is up-
summer hopes are popped
Another non-summer here in Ireland. Autumn is at the door… And at the window, and in the garden.
I do love this time of year though and am enjoying harvesting, fermenting, freezing, and already planning for the next growing season.
The summer has flown by…it’s taken me until past midway through the season to cut my work hours at the hotel by half although I felt it was necessary since the end of last year. It’s been lovely to get back to work outside the home after a decade of not, but it’s only now that I realize how far off track we’ve gone from our plans of self-sufficiency. Well, more like spinning our wheels than off the track. No regrets, for myself and family have benefited from my working away from the home. And what would be the sense of regrets anyway? No doubt about it, all is as it’s meant to be.
Johnny and I both want to make a living from and raise our family off our land. We were both so busy working away from the home this summer that we had to say no too many times to requests for lettuce and veg from local restaurants. That and other happenings made us realize it’s counterproductive to spend time working away from the homefarm and away from our family. I feel a burst of energy when I think about how we’ll prepare over the winter to meet next year’s demands but also know that I must plow through the rest of this work season.
On a positive note, sewing summer camp was a great success. It was loads of hard work, but left all in the family feeling greatly rewarded for it (I’ll share more about it soon). That’s what got Johnny and I sitting down and discussing all that holds promise to support us and all we had lost sight of while being caught up travailing regardless of our plans. Again, no regrets.
I’m thinking I ought to review my 16 for 2016 list I made at the beginning of this year. How much of it I’ve actually done will be quite unimpressive. But, haha, maybe it will be motivating too?!
The haiku and photo are part of a weekly challenge (of which I participate in only sporadically these days). Ron at Ronovan Writes’ two words for this week’s haiku are ‘up & hope’ and the Four Fab Photo Friends photo word of the week is ‘summer’.
Thanks for taking time from you own busyness to visit me today! Cheers, Melissa Xx