Great crashes of thunder and blasts of lightning woke us early this morning. Tall Cedar's old farmhouse shook with the thunder, but the sound of rain on our metal roof was reassuring. It's been a dry winter and we know the soil welcomes the rain.
In the greenhouse, the broccoli and cabbage seedlings are just emerging. The flats are warmly situated on an old electric blanket, close to the additional warmth and brightness of fluorescent lighting. Stephen designed the greenhouse and re-built it several years ago, with help from kind friends. Attached to the back bedroom of the house, it not only gives the seedlings a good start on life, but helps warm the rest of the house. On a cold but sunny day in winter, the temperature is often in the 80s. (We wish we'd built large enough to hold a table and chairs for us to sit with morning tea!)
As Southerners we dread cold weather, but as farmers we enjoy the break winter brings us. Even the coldest winter gives us time to study seed catalogs, stay longer in bed of a chilly morning, and reflect on our lives and purpose.
Still, we look forward to warmer days when we can plant out the first seedlings and sow seeds directly into the ground. Soon we'll see crocus, daffodils and forsythia....