Friday was a great day! We took a nice ride and visited the "Bluebird Bed and Breakfast" at Farside of Fifty’s and Far Guy’s place near Osage MN. They live in a wonderful environment….wooded acres filled with oak trees that are just beginning to leaf out in late May….I got to see some of my beloved "pale green mist" again in watching the oaks along the route northeast of Detroit Lakes.
I got to meet Chance in person at last! He greeted us at the gate and is just as handsome as his pictures on Far Side’s blog would indicate. His black hair is shiny and glossy but he had been in his swimming pool so his "underside" was a bit wet…. but that’s just fine—-a good looking Border Collie has to cool himself off on a warm spring day when he has been playing with his best friend Miney and running after balls tossed by the people he "owns".
We spent a most pleasant time sitting on the outdoor veranda watching Mom and Pop Bluebird come and go to the bluebird house that is now home to the little bluebird babies. The parents are busy all day long carrying in the food the babies need and demand. Far Side observed on a past blog that if human parents were as diligent and constant as bluebirds we would have far less trouble in our world of humans…and I agree totally. Birds and other animal parents devote themselves totally to the care of their "children" til they are grown up and ready to leave the nest. The difference between bluebirds and humans is that bluebirds do not have to spend 20 or more years raising their babies! Their total devotion is still a shining example for parenting. And we humans need to be as diligent and constant for the 20 or more years it takes us to complete the raising of our offspring. Those who do remain constant have wonderful results—-excellent children and grandchildren because the good parenting gets on passed from generation to generation.
I got to see Far Side’s former nursery/greenhouse layout and also her flowerbeds where my lupine seeds were harvested last year. She also showed me a lovely moccasin flower (a yellow one) that had been grown in a lab before she got it. It is blooming beautifully in a special little corner of a garden bed and it truly looks like tiny moccasins ready to be fitted on some tiny woodland elf’s feet. I am pleased by such small pleasures as viewing a wild flower like that….Far Side also showed me some blooming trilliums at the edge of the woods and that thrilled my soul also. I think those of us who love gardens are thrilled by any small blooming plant —-especially one that is a wild plant. The marvels of Creation are brought home to us again and again when we walk slowly and observantly through a garden spot or a wild garden that takes us by surprise. I couldn’t help but remember my days at Camp Trowbridge as a campfire girl when we went into the woods to identify trillium, meadow rue, and true and false "Solomon’s Seal" and other wild flowers in the woods near Vergas MN. It all came back to me when I was looking at Farside’s plants and wooded land where so many wildflowers must abound in their seasons.
Far Guy is an accomplished wood worker! He has built unique and beatiful furniture for their home and had two chairs in progress in his wood shop. He uses pine logs for his beginnings and the finished products are truly amazing. Wood-working must be a great way to spend one’s days…creating something from pieces of raw wood or even a pine log. It is an art form. His woodworking skill and art is evident throughout their lovely home and that home is a HOME….it is just perfect for them and their many interests which are evident everywhere. It was the most comfortable home I have been in, (other than my own), for a very long time. We really share the same values when it comes to living in one’s home and enjoying one’s interests. And I GOT TO SEE THE BEAUTIFUL SPINNING WHEEL. I just know it will only be matter of time before Far Side shows us pictures of some of her homespun yarn…..she is most creative lady and she will probably have yet another interest in due time.
The Far Sides are lovely people! It is no wonder blog readers enjoy their blogs so much…and the great photos they include.
P.S. The four of us pretty well "did in" a rhubarb pie I brought along and we still had room for some of Farside’s delicious pumpkin bread. Even Chance and Miney got a few bites out on the veranda in the spring sunshine where the Bluebirds get their Breakfast( lunch and dinner)… and Bed…. free for the asking!