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Monday April 27th, 2009 | categories: Uncategorized

at last-
wild red asparagus, ramps, wild mushrooms, day lilies, and– oh yes child– leaves on the trees (and flowers too)!

before i went to bed last night, i opened my bedroom windows- with the two windows by my bed open for the first time in 6 months, i fell asleep hoping to hear the sounds of the first spring thunderstorm- the lightening was shooting across the sky kind of how the northern lights do — silent, fast, and illusive- but they were there, and I realized that i have not seen lightening in over 5 months… i slept deeply- so deeply that when i woke (well past when my alarm was supposed to go off), i kind of jolted out of the bed like lightening, threw my clothes on and opened the door (with out a coat on again)- and then kind of hesitated on my front step– overnight, spring sprang, and was there in front of me. those who live in vermont are probably like- yeah yeah yeah, big deal, happens every year- but for the years that i was away from vermont in spring- THIS was the part i longed for- the sudden, quick, untamed intensity of spring in vermont. After the sap flow, before the water warms completely in the swimming holes, there is this moment, this brief moment of awesomeness when the flora roars and says — oh no, we didnt forget, we’ve been here all the time, and thank you very much for waiting- and TADA! here it is– and all of a sudden after nearly 6 months of darkness, greyness, and leaflessness– everything wakes up–

and i believe we do too- and there i was on my lawn in the after dawn with my camera and with my morning wonder eyes, taking photos– lying on the grass (yes, grass!!) taking photos of flowers

as soon as i went into kismet, i was met with the fierce reality of being short staffed, and preparing for sunday brunch.
thankfully, dave had brought us an amazing assortment of local fresh wild crafted foods so i made an abbreviated menu featuring those and just hoped everyone would understand the situation.

After work, and a quick grocery shop at the co-op (can you believe the price of retail food?!), I made my way over to lamb abbey for the benefit for KATE and PAUL from HIGH LEDGE FARM– sara was playing there, and it was a great opportunity to help out the farm as well as see sara perform with the children. Alanna and her children also came, and I have to tell you that I nearly cried when I saw her son dancing- his red hair bouncing, and that huge smile on his face– i loved to see him so happy. and I loved too that so many folks were there to support the high ledge family-

now i am near bed-
very close to reaching out to utube to watch entertaining and useless videos, and trying to turn this sunday into a friday (it’s friday to kismet)- but i wanted to be sure to say this:

thank you to all who celebrated this spring with us- we have been challenged in ways (we were extremely short staffed this week) and appreciate all of you who were patient and kind while we did our best.
oh- and keep your eye out for the burlington free press on Wednesdaydave (our forager) and moses were out foraging with bfp staff for an article to be printed in the food section.

enjoy spring– it only lasts a minute or two.
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