Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Happy happy joy joy

I got a rain barrel, courtesy of my farming friends. It sat beneath the spot where two parts of my roof join, patiently waiting for rain. We got a little, one afternoon. I looked into my barrel a few days later, and found only dried residue.

Now, the rains have come. We've had some deluges, and the wildfire threat has largely passed. My rain barrel overfloweth. Yippee! Now, I have auxiliary water for times when storms that knock out my electricity — and access to well water. Plus, there's water for plants when the weather is dry.

We have a new rector at church, Fr. R. Though I'm still grieving our interim, Father M., who died a couple of months ago, I'm happy to greet Fr. R. He's middle of the road enough to keep the congregation together, I think, and he has a sense of humor and fun. I'm hoping and praying for good things to come. I'll write more later.

A couple of people spearheaded a move to start a community-supported farm nearby, and I'm very interested. I've been covering the movement through the newspaper, and intend to become a member. A 5-6 acre plot of land has already been offered to start the farm, and I'm getting ready to go out there and get photos of a tractor at work, tilling the ground.

Yipppee! Farmer St. Pat. Who'da thunk?


Padre Mickey said...

Does the rain barrel have a cover? Otherwise it might turn into a mosquito farm.

It's good to see you blogging again, and I can't wait to see photos you tilling the ground with the tractor!!!

Saint Pat said...

The rain barrel has a mesh cover. I think it will keep mosquitoes out, but I put a little splash of chlorine in it to keep out mosquitoes and slime. I'm going to fill some jugs with rain water, so I'll have a stash ready in case of power outages, and the barrel won't stay so full, either.

I've got to read up on them.

Ann said...

My fave poem on farming from Walter Berry:
Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front.
Practice resurrection.

liturgy said...

good to read this;
also with your new rector


David said...


A few of us are trying to (somewhat) fill the void of Fr. Jake closing his blog. Come have a look when you get a chance:

The Friends of Jake.

Ann said...

Pat - do you have copy of the letter that Howe sent out about leaving the Networks for Anglican Communion Institute? Thanks