If we had a local groundhog emerge yesterday, it would have predicted an early spring here at Dancing TreePeople Orchard. The signs of spring are everywhere: daffodils are emerging, jonquils have already begun their flowering, the orchard canopy is teaming with a variety of birds: robins, redwing blackbirds, swallows, wild turkey, red-headed woodpeckers and an occasional heron. On the domestic front, last seasons chick have begun laying eggs, though they have not selected a consistent location: each day brings another egg hunt for sport and entertainment.
Our soil is soft and saturated with the recent rain, grasses, grains and legumes have sprouted. I wish I had made some seed balls this winter as the conditions are perfect for their sprouting right now. Perhaps next season.
In the meantime, it is a joy to plan this years garden: the soils are alive with rich compost and rotting straw cover. Dancing TreePeople orchard is coming back to life.
Today, I made lentil soup and served it with some crusty garlic bread. Lentil soup on New Year's Day is a tradition in our family. My grandmother and great grandmother brought the tradion over from Germany--it was believed that lentils on New Years Day would bring abundance and health in the year to come.
Loretta's tradition is the observe January 1 with a Peace Prayer. This can take a variety of forms and focuses on the world and others outside our own community.
So today, we combined the traditions and had others over for a peace prayer and lentil soup as a celebration of the day.