Rain means so much to me since how the plant life on the homestead fares is much influenced. There is a difference between rain water and well or city water. Rain water is not processed or treated, and it is designed by nature to hydrate life (mammals drink it - plants absorb it).
The homestead garden is looking gorgeous. We've harvested a huge amount of lettuce, radishes, and swiss chard. The summer squash, peppers, and tomatoes got a massive early boost. The blackberries, grapes, and fruit trees also have hit the ground running. EVERYTHING is just flourishing!
This spring we discovered that we have five total Mulberry trees. I knew I had the one over the chicken coop. I didn't even know I had that one until about 3 years ago. A couple weeks ago Marcel was walking the property perimeter and found the others along the fenceline. I don't know how I/we missed them before because they aren't babies - they must be several years old. My only thought is that they started producing fruit when we were down in Corpus Christi. Well, however it happened - we are thrilled. We collected enough to make a few pints of Mulberry Jam. Next year I am going to make syrup to add to water for drinking.
My friend Bea has a Loquat tree. We harvested a lot from it and processed them into juice. We froze it for now. Not sure whether we want to make syrup or wine from it. Loquats grow well here, and many folks have them in their yard. We are deciding whether we want to grow one or simply barter with people who have them already.
Marcel and I both share the same feeling inside right now - it's a blend of happiness, gratitude, enthusiasm, and a general feeling of well-being. Not just about the good weather. About everything. It's not that things are perfect. There are still daily challenges and setbacks. It just feels like we've arrived at where we are supposed to be in life. We are both looking forward to the future.