laughing

…there’s a line in christian scripture that has always intrigued and appealed to me…in that verse god invites people to come and buy and eat for free…the words are from the mouth of isaiah…the name isaiah means god saves…and this is how god saves…it’;s whimsical…economically playful…refusing to take life too seriously…so playfully it’s our delight to freely share the natural bounty of this orchard…most people pay something…it’s up to them…but none have to…we cracked up recently when we saw another local orchard advertising their berries for $25/lb…like whoa…that’s $150 per gallon…i bet those must be some damn-good berries…i’ll have to go give a pound of theirs a try…

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…we get more fun out of watching people enjoying themselves
than any amount of $ we’d never make…
…and laugh ourselves to sleep at night at the simple notion
of homeless people enjoying this $150/gallon food…
🙂

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holding it all together

…while our bale netting is in tatters..and even when intact has holes too big to be an absolute preventative…we’ve discovered that by leaving it on even when the pressure from the birds let up it greatly stabilizes the bushes in wind…you can see a whole community of plants pulling together as one!

 

dancing in the clarity of perfect contradiction

berry picking begins tomorrow…the bushes are heavy with fruit…as are the apples, dwarf sour cherries, and chokecherries…yesterday I removed a mile of electric fencing wire around the haskap, winding it onto a spool…it had been in place for nearly ten years….

…long-time friends stopped by a couple of days ago to ask when berry picking would start?…gentle souls in love with life…and haskap…for them picking is a love affair…how can I keep my haskap interred behind a fence?…there has been a total face lift on the character of the orchard by removing this wire!

…whether you like it or not you will never be free if you play a role that is predetermined for you…the freedom of an artist is found precisely in the choice of work and not in the choice of a role, even one that society asks one to play as ‘artist’, for reasons that social architects will always find hidden, mysterious, obtuse, and un-reasonable (thank God)…

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Every plant that stands in the light of the sun is a saint and an outlaw.  Every tree that brings forth blossoms without the command of people is powerful in the sight of God.  Every star that people have not counted is a world os sanity and perfection.  Every blade of grass is an angel singing in a shower of glory.

– Merton, Raids On The Unspeakable

these dogs…

…are probably the only ones in all of Canada, or North America, or would at least be some of the few in the entire world who had haskap in their dinner bowl tonight…which they most definitely relish!

not a bird in sight

they are gone…just like that…not so in others’ orchards…friends have 400 plants and if they did not carefully net then their plants would be picked clean…not so with ours…not so…it seems that our friends believe that the waxwings nest in their spruce groves, which are extensive on their property…and may work to explain why our sparse spruce both stand out so much amongst our aspen as are a gift to us in that they both are visually stunning in our bush and don’t provide enough harbour for these birds to be any more than passing guests…and it seems to be a grace given to us and this place that even as the idyllic site of our orchard evolved in our consciousness as an ideal space for these plants over time so the threats to the orchard’s viability has turned out in the end to be minimal as well…

…it is always the greatest of ironies that even as we fought this week to attach and reattach the netting during four days of raging winds…so the birds had their way anyway…and are now gone…one of the gentle follies of our lives that really isn’t worth becoming upset over…

…next week i will start to tear out our electric fencing around the orchard…which was connived to keep out bears, but mostly my neighbour’s cattle which for 16 years regularly invade our property throughout grazing season…and whereas the cattle don’t steal much of our hay crop…i think we have better plans to keep them out…and the electricity doesn’t so anything to keep out wildlife, period…which wander through on a regular basis anyway and never cause any problems with the haskap…