Saturday, October 23, 2010

strawberry finale

Fall has officially arrived here on the farm: the apples are ripe, the orchard is changing colors, and strawberry season is finally over. I love the changing of the seasons, and for autumn in particular, the thin air, the constant fire in the woodstove, and the onset of the rain are welcome indications of the current season. There are some unfortunate things about fall too, but I know that come spring and summer the weather will warm again and the cycle of life will continue. I suppose I should learn to accept my season in life just as readily...

In order to take advantage of the last few pies and jars of jelly we could possibly make this year, (for the beginning of the strawberry season, see strawberries) we invited a few friends and family out to fill their buckets with the last of the edible strawberries. Our little "Cimbrella" went running through the fields in her "princess dress" for the grand finale picking.

"Popga" and "Sanma" came to help.

These are just a few of the little ones who made it out. I am not sure if their goal was to get muddy, or pick strawberries, because after Analise had been picking for a half hour she looked into her bucket and said, "Where did all of my strawberries go?" None of the adults knew either.

This little guy is caught stuffing his face with the berry, the stem, and the mud.

Time to head in and warm up by the fire...

Farewell, strawberries, we have enjoyed you! As one thing ends, a new thing begins. Our God created life that cycles, such that one thing we are always assured of is change. We only have to choose to see the beauty in the seasons of life.

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven... He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Ecclesiastes 3:1&11

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