notes from maggie's farm
Weekends around here are often dedicated to 'real writing', (of course all writing is real writing) that is, writing that involves NO FOOD. It's upon occasions like this one, and this one, I will write entire 'posts', or opinion pieces, or lifestyle pieces that have little to do with food, but much to do with one farm keeper's life, or life beyond. Concentrating solely on the word, without having to make them dance around a specific food topic is liberating. This blissfully damp morning is such a morning.
Poultry, chickens and ducks and turkeys and guineas and the like, get a bad wrap. People often call them dumb, or stupid, and for the life of me, and them, I can't understand why. They fascinate me. I could watch them for hours. I'm so happy to have a spot from which to spy on my flock from inside my warm and dry home on days like these.
When she feels she's ready to put her best webbed-foot forward, she's off to the coop. She's taken to laying her morning egg in the hen's nesting boxes. Housing is no longer segregated; she insists upon equal sitting conditions. She takes her own sweet time to deliver what she deems the finest egg among the morning's offerings--it's set apart from the pile of baby blues, khaki's, and peaches, this fine, large, thick-shelled alabaster-toned egg. It really is a beauty.
Afterwards, she will dismount, descend the stairway, snag a spot of feed, have a little 'me time'. She's not ready to join the ranks just yet. Most of her day will be spent unearthing grubs and seeds and following, mostly, in line with her fellow ducks, but this moment is all her own, as if recharging after her morning duties. Perhaps a duck devotional, if you will. Like the morning coffee, bath, meditation and writing that prepares, for the day, the human that keeps her, she has her ritual, and is most at peace when able to keep it faithfully.
And then she's ready for demands of the day.
So it was with delight that we discovered Steph had graciously nominated us for a Liebster Blog Award. Accolades! We love accolades!
The origins of the Liebster Blog award are somewhat unclear but the general consensus is that it originated in Germany, Liebster meaning favorite or dearest, to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Upon accepting the award the recipient must then pass it on to five more blogs of note.The idea of the Liebster Award is to recognize up and coming bloggers who's work is among those that inform, delight, and reward us, regularly. There are many in our blogroll who qualify! To help narrow that field, the Liebster is intended for the newest of blogs, those with less than two hundred followers (yet). The blogs that follow are all well on their way, and some may have arrived at that or more; I'm not certain how many followers each has, but how fun it is to capture them before the huge growth spurts they will all inevitably enjoy.
Secondly, to link back to the blogger from whom you were awarded, post your award, by saving the image, below, to your blog, and nominate five of YOUR favorite young blogs, as below.
With those guidelines in mind, I delight in sharing with you, in addition to Steph's blogs, The Chickpea Chickadee and Rambling Wren, five of my favorites:
Life at Cobble Hill Farm
Into the Domesticated
Girl Gone Grits
and SouthAustinFoodie Adventures.
Some are new, some are new to me, I just know you'll enjoy them all.
Thank you for sharing your gifts with me, blogger friend. My days are blessed by your words.