WEEKEND POST 206

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Stepping onto the doorstep of winter brings a handful of gifts from nature: a widened scope of the countryside through bare trees, morning frosts silvering each remaining leaf + blade of grass, the fresh smell of that cold + crisp air, sunrises most magnificent against faded blue skies.

Even the chickens appreciate the wonder of it all.

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WEEKEND POST 205

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There is beauty to be found in the changing of earth’s seasons, and an inner grace in honoring the cycles of life.

— Jack Kornfield

The sounds + smells of autumn linger, but the burning hues that splattered the countryside surrender to the icy fingers of a new season. Winter is making its entrance.

Mornings are made of mist, gusting winds occasionally sending a single leaf to dance at the window for me as I write in from of the woodstove, while evenings come to a calmer close, tucking in under the covers of a dense, almost glowing fog.

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WEEKEND POST 204

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In the spirit of traditions reimagined abroad, we meant to create a meal based on French recipes from only fresh, local ingredients procured at the Thanksgiving morning market. But the best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agleys

Sickness struck, derailing plans as I tended to my other half for several days — dreadfully ill and frustrated at the harsh jolt of reality + its forced stand-still. A reminder, for both of us, that every hour of every day cannot be consumed by work, even if pleasant, and we must take time to be more present, slow down, rest.

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WEEKEND POST 203

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The limited light noise here means on clear nights we can count on innumerable stars, planets, galaxies lavishly spattered across the sky. We gaze up to see the constellations we know + dream up new ones to imprint in our memory of this place. Deep heart of southern France, apparently it’s not just us.

Planting by moon cycle is a tradition that runs deep. With only anecdotal evidence from a few locals (and the fact that every garden store has moon-planting guides on display at checkout), I did some digging. Between more or less nighttime light from the moon + rotational changes of soil moisture, there might be some merit in gardening by the lunar cycle.

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