One fuzzy photo is all I have to show for a wonderful brunch with my daughters and grandson (John took the picture.) It was a perfect gathering; Nathan as you know is the apple of my eye and my daughters are my best friends. Family. That says it all. We are a universe and Mother's Day was a joy.
After a long nap John and I drove to our friends' house which they built with a southern exposure into a hillside with sustainable principles. The house was built over 30 years ago if my memory is correct; the couple that live there run a CSA and provide food for a number of subscriber families. Every visit is a lesson in right livelihood. Join me for a short tour.
First we head down the path toward the 2 greenhouses that contain solar powered fans. Along the way we follow beds of beautiful greens, flowers, kiwi fruit, apple trees, chickens, ducks and geese. At the bottom of the hill are a couple of contented cows and a goat.
Tao will be a year old in July. He is the most contented and treasured child; Chavo says he wants 5 more just like him. I got to yummy yum yum all over his fat little self.
Here are some lovely lettuces that will go to the CSA members this week. Nice!
Inside one of the greenhouses. Wish I could remember all the unusual things growing there. These growers really love their exotic varieties.
My hand in the photo to give you an idea of scale. These lettuces are huge!
The photos of the orchids were fuzzy so you'll have to settle for these. My friends have an eye for beauty.
Inside the home. Books and music. Refined pleasures after the workday is done.
The woodstove cooks all the food and heats the house. Don't even think of the word microwave. Composting toilet, well-water, solar ovens for summertime cooking, these folks are set if the grid goes down.
This is how you grind coffee. These people make their own butter, wine and cheese. Oh, the meals are to die for!
A calm sense of goodness rests over this home. That's a Meyer Lemon tree in a pot behind the buddah; I just love the way these people live, with intention, appreciation and wisdom. I think we learn things from every person with whom we come in contact. And this way of life is too good not to share and to ponder.