Saturday, May 8, 2010

Meditation on a Possible Frost

A Frost Advisory was posted on WeatherUnderground for our area this evening. Yikes. That does not mean that it will Frost, but it does put us on edge.

We went to Farmer's Market this morning. It was Cold. That North Wind was pretty insistent in commanding the space. I wonder if this is part of the system which brought Snow to western North Dakota and in Wyoming, which some friends have been writing about on Facebook. Regardless, I can sum it up in 1 word: Brrrrrrr.

The Thermometer on the Bank showed 42 degrees when we left Farmer's Market about 9:30 a.m. It had crept up 1 degree while we were there. Mother said this Cold Weather is highly unusual for this area at this time.

I think about all the Produce that we have out. How will it fare? The Potatoes are sending up their 1st shoots above the Ground. That Corn will not be happy. Nor will the Horticultural Beans which look so lovely over there by the Fence. What about those little Leeks? And that beautiful Fruit Crop? I don't even want to think about it. Fortunately, we do not have most of our Warm Season Veggies out.

These little experiences show us how tied to the Cycles of the Earth that we Humans are. Whatever way that she goes, we just have to adapt. In these days of expected Climate Change, we see some difficulties with the changes that we are seeing.

May 1 was May Day or "Beltane". It is one of the 8 "Spokes on the Wheel" or Earth Holidays. This Day marks a big shift in the Calendar of the Earth's Seasons with the "planting and growing time".

Indigenous Peoples have long believed that the Earth and the People are intimately bound. For the Earth to continue in her normal cycles, certain stories must be told and celebrations must be held to mark the connection of Humans to the Earth and the continuation of those "normal cycles". While I have been outside many of these celebrations for some time, I eagerly cherish a return.

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