Posted by: oceannah | January 4, 2013


Having been made or come into being only a short time ago; recent: a new law. 2. a. Still fresh: a new coat of paint. b. Never used or worn before now: a new car; a new year

Here it begins again.  All the possibilities contained within the newness of a year as yet to reveal itself.  Like the embryonic cotyledon of a seedling, the year begins with all vigor and strength…unsure as yet how much fruit it will bear.

Looking out the window it is hard to imagine that this land, resting snug under snow, will burst forth again with vast quantities of delicious healthy food, beautiful flowers and myriad other goodies.  Case in point:

rugosa roseIt’s hard [even for me] to believe that this rather ugly collection of ‘sticks’ will not only produce copious amounts of the most heady roses you will ever smell, but abundant hips for the birds (or those in the know) rich in Vitamin C and other goodly things for a body.

While it is new and fresh, I wish to bask in it…this year so young and tender, full of possibilities.  While the naked trees sigh and the landscape slumbers, I too will rest and restore.  With plenty of time for reading by the fire and contemplating things to come I will  begin to envision the coming year.  To begin weaving ideas and dreams, thoughts – fanciful and frugal into existence…seed catalogs, projects (Hurricane Sandy left a lot of board feet laying around our woods), as well as gatherings and goings on.  May it begin in Peace and Abundance here on the homestead as well as in your corner of our beautiful world.






  1. Wishing you much happiness and laughter in 2013 Anna

    • Thanks Dallas 🙂

  2. good thoughts – a new fresh and tender year

    • Thanks LouAnn tender is good.

  3. I have so much to think about for this coming year…I wish to “homestead” in my mind and heart…slow down, take time to read and rest…plan, projects rather than just dive in…thanks for the words of wisdom!!

    • slow is beautiful Cindy, it’s take me a very long time to embrace the slower rhythms but the more I tune in to the world around me (the natural one ;)) the easier it is.

  4. Hey! I think those “sticks” are beautiful with that snow on them.

    • Thanks Rivenfae…by compare to the scent of the roses, they are not as lovley to me, but I see your point 😉

  5. Happy New Year Dear Anna!

    • Yes Yes and to you too Lil SIs 🙂

  6. Lovely sentiments Anna; wishing the Happiest of New Years to you and yours (and lots of stamina for that woodlot cleanup too; )
    Hugs, D.
    P.S. We have a massive (20+ year old) bush that’s just crying out for harvesting; might you consider sharing your rose-hip harvesting tips/recipe ideas?
    Sorry I’m a little late responding; not sure why, but I missed getting this posting in the “mail”; anyway, great to hear from you: )

    • Deb!! A wonderful new year to you too. Right now we ware looking into the drying times for pine and although we have a friend w/ a portable sawmill, they are now living in the ADK and not close enough 😦

      • Good luck with finding another portable then, but at least you’ll have lots of lovely stickered stacks of building material once it’s done up, hey? Perhaps new pine cupboards to go in that kitchen reno (I know, your wood’s too fresh, but you could probably trade with the sawyer for some cured boards; ), outbuilding repair or new construction; heck, maybe even sell some – planers aren’t that expensive and there are some big sales on right now. You could get a pretty penny for “locally grown/100 mile” finished boards. Oh the possibilities (I just love the smell of raw wood!) and yes, you call me Pollyanna; lemons to lemonade, non?: )

  7. I can’t wait to see the roses in the spring! Here’s to a peaceful 2013!

    • that makes two of us Sandi! Although it is beautiful right now with all the snow and we’re looking forward to skiing this week!

  8. Lovely!

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