Such a dark, cozy Sunday morning with the atmospheric river above us drifting into the bit higher ridge a mile to the east and dropping it's rainy abundance here. A morning made for lingering over coffee, reading and Zadie keeping our feet warm.
Zadie was a gift from a friend, and what a gift. She is pure love wrapping an inner strength that her sweet disposition belies. It was Zadie who stood off a cougar last year when it attacked one of our ewes. When it became obvious Zadie needed a new home due to her sheer size, our friend offered her to us when she could have easily sold her for a price befitting a well bred livestock guardian dog. But the truth is knowing where Zadie is and that she has a home where she is loved was more important to our friend than money. Everyone benefits.
The first piece I read this morning in a wonderful online magazine, Emergence, https://emergencemagazine.org/
was a brilliant piece by botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer on the gift economy as seen through an orchard of service berry.
And the second reminder was seasonal recipes from Gather Victoria. https://gathervictoria.com/2020/12/19/holiday-snake-cake/ I've admired Danielle Prudhome's recipes and used them over the years. Her kitchen witchery and solid research done with such obvious passion is a joy to behold. She sends teasers like the one above that anyone can use but offers more on her Pateon page that you can support in several ways. I value the recipes and so I am a supporter.