by Laura Crum
I’m sorry for the recent lack of posts. My life has been very busy lately and I haven’t had the time for writing. This is actually a good thing, and I’m grateful to be engaged with some new projects. But such a busy period doesn’t lend itself to creating blog posts.
I don’t have a decent post in me at the moment, so I thought I’d share a few photos to illustrate the magic that I still find in my life.
Sitting by the pond is always magical. Summer is the season of water lilies and dragonflies.
My boy is growing up (shown running away from the camera—does not like having his picture taken).
Seeing spotted fawns in our garden and watching them grow up is magical, too.
And the begonias are in bloom again out at the Jefferson Ranch. I have been coming here in the summer/fall for many years. Not to mention I have been gazing at the amazing spectacle of the begonia fields since I was a little girl. Once upon a time they grew at our family ranch, and for well over twenty years now they have been grown here. I was grateful to be out here last weekend and see it all again. No matter how many times I’ve seen it before, it’s always magical.
My husband Andy grew the eucalyptus trees that form the windbreaks from seed he collected out at the old family ranch. When these trees were trimmed, we burned the wood to heat our home. It always seemed like a very satisfying life cycle.
And finally, my son and I went to see the stage version of Mary Poppins a couple of weeks ago. Our family always loved that movie and watched it so many times we knew most of the lines by heart. The live version opened with my favorite quote from the whole deal. Bert the chimney sweep stands alone on the stage in a mysterious shadowy light. He says:
“Wind’s in the east, mist coming in,
Like something is brewing, about to begin.
Can’t put my finger on what lies in store,
But I feel that what’s happening has all happened before.”