soap and thunderstorms and christmas

We’ve been ready to hunker down for the winter for a while now… but winter isn’t really coming.

It’s the week before christmas and we are inside putting the labels on the bars of soap we made, drinking christmas ales, listening to christmas music, and its thunderstorming outside. it’s not right.

please come, snow. give this cold weather some purpose and put some hope in our spirits.

Some pictures lately…

soap making:

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blog # 2

awaiting santa…

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no caption needed…

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the only good part of a mild winter is kale still growing in our yard.

blog # 5

this time of year in franklinton is rough. everything is drab and ugly. it feels depressing and desolate. thank god that we have each other… we have been muddling though this side by side. we’ve been focusing our discussions around the development of a “rule of life.” we hesitate with that name because we as a group hesitate using strong words like “rule”  and let’s be honest… none of us really like rules very much anyhow. either way, that’s what we have been working on… taking it subject by subject and having some insightful conversations about hospitality, daily rhythms of work and rest, simplicity, sharing, care of the earth and for each other.

we have been living this life together for 4-5 years now and have yet to formally put words to what we do, what we believe, why we do what we do, and who we are as a community. its interesting now to try to peel through these layers and form words around our lives here in franklinton and our lives here together. words are so inadequate… and one conversation leads to ten more and our experiences have been so formative in our lives that its difficult to define it. but onward we go…

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“A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other’s lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.”
―    Wendell Berry

 

ashley

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