Our home in the village sits on the worlds smallest non acre, corner lot, which has become a veritable island refuge for all the disfranchisement critters in the 100 plus year old village. Early on in the planning of the property I removed all the turf and allowed a woodland to grow beneath the canopies of a dozen or more White Oaks and Shag bark hickories. Although I had a heavy hand in the beginning, planting beech and dogwood, hemlock and pine, now I rarely walk the property-only on occasion to marvel at the amazing fecundity of flora and fauna that have taken root and foot amoungst the natives and relative new comers.. I do admit at times in the year I ruthlessly purge out the invading “weeds” ( loosely I say weeds of course). The property with its waterfalls and pond, old canopied ceiling and loamey-lush floor harbors many creatures that return seasonally to raise their offspring. The spring ushers in many small song birds that migrate through the area for a quick respite. We also welcome back several pairs of oriels and the same pair of wood ducks each season! Like clock work, the wrens and the crows, the cardinals and the hummingbirds all come to sojourn on “our” property. Our refuge is alive with activity and I couldn’t be more excited for the season-Our own turtle island is in balance with frogs and toads, birds and mammals…

Our foot print at the atelier is substantially smaller than that at Maplewood but, even here A daring pair of Robbins began a family on the back annex rafter. THE back garden is quite lush even as young as we are here in this location. I don’t expect the shy wood ducks to ever take up residency here but our robbins have and watching them grow has been fun. Each morning as we open the doors and get ready to face another day, Jody lyrically says to our newly weds and their babies, ” Good Morning Mumma” This is how our May mornings and now our June mornings begin. Soon our atelier babies will fledge and another season will pass and we will set in motion a history with another set of parents each season.

Those small moments in our day make us walk a little taller, smile a little more. The connection with those small beings around us need to be nurtured and cherished for us to feel apart of this amazing world we live in. Take the time to just be in the garden-listen-smell-watch the earth worms, worm about.