”Mountains of Tree Art”
....and yes, I do love the mountains and trees that surround me here in NH. It is just a matter of stepping out my front door and I am in another world, as according to what time of season we are in here. Now there’s another thought I could take off on, ‘time of season’ here in NH.
Why just yesterday I stepped out of my shop in the afternoon and was immediately found to be in spring like weather. January in NH and temperatures in the 50’s, birds singing and sunny sunshine, plus little or next to nothing in the snow department. Today, I must cut some 16” wide pine, weathered barn boards, so this afternoon I’ll set up shop outside and work on my tan.
Sunday I spent in the woods here, riding around and checking on the trails, while also looking for animal sign. I pay special attention to moose and coyote sign, but had no luck in seeing these on Sunday. Also checked on a bridge we are constructing and hoping to finish before the deep snow comes, see I said it, “I still believe the snows will yet come.”
I spent some time checking on the condition of some wood standing against trees out in the forest that will be coming in, come spring as I prepare this wood for slabs and wood art. Always more and more wood to be processed into furniture and then there are trees that need to be dropped for next years firewood and the winter after. Forward vision in the woods is what keeps me young in body and fit of heart.
Well I started off to write about the mountains and trees and my love of both so lets get on with it. The mountains are where I go to when I’m needing a place to relax and unwind, and just as I visit them in physical form so also do I go there in my mind when I need to dream or take a break from farm life. I know the mountains that surround me and often it is easier to go there in mind, then to go by way of body. I love canoeing and hiking in the summer, while snow shoeing these same mountains in the winter months and so it is also very easy to just sit back against a tree and dream myself there whenever I so desire. Such was the case this past Sunday afternoon, as I relaxed as one within my milieu. And this is what my love of the mountains, the trees, my love of wood and the creatures of the woods is all about, as I am found content and fully clothed with joy in this my milieu.
Happy dreaming as I’m off to work some land and wood.
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/