What can be better after a good nights sleep than fresh farm eggs and the smell of rich coffee? I’ll tell you what….being with the animals on the farm and of course Jarrod and Kendle:)
And the magical hummingbirds who greet me on the deck…..a very good sign indeed.
After breakfast I like to take a walk around the farm, with sketch book in hand.
The quietness of the stable yard has a timeless quality and for me is filled with childhood memories. Up until the age of 16 when I entered art college, I lived for horses. Not just riding them but also. mucking out stables and cleaning tack. To this day the smell of a stable delights me.
First an aerial view of the farm. You can see the house nestled into the trees.
As I walk past the stable towards the end of the driveway I see an Amish family taking their morning walk. They seem so content and in tune with nature and one another….their lives appear to flow like the river that runs through the property. – pen and wash.Sheila and I visit the river and listen to the sounds of water flowing over rocks. Such a peaceful and tranquil place to be. This is what ‘going with the flow’ is all about.
There is new life everywhere….
quick sketches of chickens – the same chickens that gave us our breakfast eggs.
All my senses are being entertained. Not just visual delights but the sounds and smells of nature…..the peep peep peep of the chicks…..As we walk by one of the paddocks…the horses come running. Maybe it’s because they think I have food…but I like to believe that they are as happy to see me as I am to see them. There are twenty horses on the farm.
The Amish way of life demonstrates that when we live along side nature, rather than try to dominate it, everyone and everything benefits.
Often referred to as ‘simple’ people, the Amish can teach us all we need to know about what it is to live a sustainable lifestyle. The pastoral image of Amish communities living simply and in touch with the land strikes a deep cord with many of us today.
We can learn so much from these people.
watercolour/gouache sketch of Amish neighbours at work. The Amish neighbours getting ready for a special community celebration. The Amish have preserved a strong sense of community.
In this next picture four little Amish boys playing in local woods see something on a tree – something they don’t recognise. You can see their intense curiosity as they try and work out what it is. It is a camera put there to monitor wildlife – something totally alien to them. At this moment they have no idea that they are being photographed.
The Amish believe that technology can lead to evil and subsequently weaken or destroy family, church and community. This is why the Amish carefully weigh the potential effects of adopting a given technology.
Time to sit on the deck and enjoy more conversation, sketching and wonderful food.
A quick sketch of Kendle….Pen on a blue ground. Kendle on horse having a chat with Jarrod.
Time for cocktails and feasting….accompanied by Jarrod on the guitar.
First the Sangritas.… (a mix of sangria and margarita). new for me but so delicious.
Followed by Herb garlic crusted roast with veggies….
followed by something sweet….Followed by some beautiful music gratis Jarrod….
Tomorrow I plan to focus on more Amish history, including the wonderful washing lines that hang in the garden of every Amish house. They tell an interesting story.
After a lovely day – time to say good night.