Tired, Grateful

I’ve been doing a lot more writing over the last couple of weeks than one would probably suspect given how little I’ve posted to this website. Eh. It’s been a lot of words with what feels like very little substance, even though there are lots of things to talk about around here: New baby guineas, progress on the orchard and vineyard, work with the bees, and a garden in bloom.

It’s also been enough sustained work (and worry) over the last few months to take me right to the brink of burnout. But there’s also this…


A perfect moment on the farm captured by one of my best friends. An hour after a torrential downpour, fog collecting on the hills, friends and family gathered around the fire.

And there’s this..


The smell of milkweed blossoms throughout the field, feeding butterflies and bees alike.

And, of course, a new project, half-done but already so much fun…


While the minutes I spend working, sweating, planning, worrying, and feeling otherwise exhausted far exceed these moments of singular joy and satisfaction, I find that I am tired and grateful in equal measure.

That, I think, is the truest thing I can say right now. And, really, not a bad place to be.

16 Responses

  1. Really wonderful atmospheric photos Kit. Hope you can pause to savour it.
    Don’t you love the smell of honey emanating from the bee hives. I seem to be able to detect it more readily than my spouse. It makes me very happy,
    Picked hundreds of pounds of golden plums today and walked the neighbourhood to share the bounty, Also stopped cars driving by to ask if they would like some too. Tonight we sent a big box to the city so the families in the apartment building when our son and family live could enjoy a bit of natures sunshine.
    All the best

  2. I L-O-V-E the scent of milkweed blossoms and wish I had more ideal property to grow them on. And now loving on the fact that you have a proper, adult-sized swing to enjoy!

  3. So beautiful and peaceful. Glad you do find moments to savor these things in spite of a grueling workload. I love the swing!

  4. What a beautiful place! Its funny how we get caught up in stuff and don’t realize that we are already at a place where others wish to be!

  5. Very kewl photos and reflections Kit.
    I would guess this is what they mean when they say “good and tired ” Framily time is awesome and helps one reflect relax n recharge….Enjoy 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing what you have in mind for the rest of your playground 🙂 Your farm is growing so fast.

    constant growth…

  6. As always, you inspire me with your writing. Do take time to swing, but also, keep writing.

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