So I've got quite a bit to catch you up on. To begin with, I'm in Ireland.. and it is LOVELY. I was in Dublin for the first day and then quickly got lost on the countryside somewhere in Laois. It is absolutely beautiful.. This is a picture outside my bedroom window of what I wake up to every morning:
Newtown Farm is a dairy farm.. so needless to say the work it tough. Milking 130 cows morning and evening every day. Peter, the farm owner, does a great job of hosting when not working.
My first mornin' on Newtown Farm started bright & early with jumping into a van having to learn how to drive a stick shift left handed on the wrong side of the road. Then muckin´up the most shite I've seen in my life,but then also got to walk the fields finding new calves and teaching them to nurse. Now I'm enjoying a second breakfast of "Luxury Fruit Porridge" before I head out riding. The sun is a shinin' & life is good.
"The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides."
~ Jules Verne
The nights are still much longer than the days here. I've had the most odd sleeping patterns(if you should even call them that) of my entire life. If I've learned one thing, it's that I should be awake, no matter the hour, when my body tells me. Otherwise I would end up truly hibernating.
Two nights ago I was up at 4am and decided to watch Bright Star. It was the most lovely movie I have seen possibly ever. The cinematography and colors of the movie itself would grab anyone, but the beautiful words of the poet John Keats even more so. If you have not seen it yet.. do!
Then oddly enough dough kept me up till the early morning hours last night. Who knew it would take four hours for dough to rise up here? Not me! I've been reading A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg and came across her recipe for cinnamon rolls. They came out as well as anyone could have hoped with their first attempt at making cinnamon rolls. Her recipe is fantastic however.. not too sweet and very simple for anyone to follow(I'm proof!).
I hope all of you are having a beautiful winter.. feel free to post any stories from your winter's world below.
“I had such a dream last night. I was floating above the trees, with my lips connected to that of a beautiful figure.”
I've been on a vacation visiting all of my family in Oregon for Christmas for the past week now. It's nearing the time to go home I'm sad to say, but we've all had a wonderful time while it lasted..
It's been so wonderful spending quiet time with the ones I love. I only wish the vacation could last longer..and I know, I know, don't we all?
I known I've titled this "First Snow," but to tell you the truth..it is very far from it here in Alaska. In the last month we've been anywhere from -10 degrees all the way up to 38 degrees. It's been an interesting fall! With the warmer weather comes the beautiful snow covering all the dead left from early fall. I am able to cope with the below zero temps in thoughts that it is freezing our lovely lagoon in the backyard and inviting us to ice skate even sooner.
Sorry I have been gone from here for so long. You would think with all the hibernating indoors I've been doing that I would have more time..but to tell you the truth, it has been too difficult just getting up from the cozy sofa enjoyed with my trusty couch potato, Kiska. We spent about four hours yesterday knitting and watching Charlie Brown. What more could you possibly ask for? In the last three day we've accumulated nine inches of snow!
I'm looking forward to the rest of this winter already.. keeping my eyes peeled for the beautiful Aurora Borealis and all the other surprises Alaska could possibly hold for ones first winter..
Images from:Blissful Images
"A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves: strong, powerful, beautiful. And it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence."
Image by álfheiður
Image from a dear friend: Joy's Breath of Life
I will try to get the pictures of our finished terrariums up here soon!
Hope you all had a lovely Friday..
~Doodle Bird Designs on Etsy(Terrarium 1), Tortoise Loves Donkey on Etsy(Terrarium 2) & Mossopotamia on Etsy(Terrarium 3)
Reading...Watership Down by Richard Adams. Love bunnies<3
Listening...Edith Piaf & Yann Tiersen.. they're played lots on my favorite movie Amelie.
Cooking....Edamame, lots lots!!
Wanting... The winter snow to come quickly so I can go snowshoeing..and so that the rain will stop as well..
Making... Dinner with my kitty. We're making pasta with shrimpies and lots of garlic.
Loving... Horses, horses, horses! Cannot wait to ride again..
Pictures by Breath of Life
A gorgeous picture of a glacier calving
As Dmitri would put it.. "Until the next fact finding mission!"