If you ever lose heart and the earth seems as distant as stars fading into the noise of your busy mind, know this. That a tiny island exists in the blue hands of the ocean. That a tree grows upright into the salted clouds. That two eagles love each other enough to spend their lives greeting the morning sun together. That two eaglets stand in their nest, gazing at the heavens. Looking down to the forever ground. They eat and sleep and flap their wings. And one day in July, one by one, they will jump into the air. They will know the difference between existing and what is beyond. They will hold onto nothing. The hurricane will come, courage catching their pinions on fire, as they mount the wind, climbing ladders into realms of the invisible.

--T.L. Stokes

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

the day is like a book

Two strips of brown earth
in raised beds capture the sun
like soup for baby green heads
and lettuce,
fence posts,
ants in the grass,

where I dig a hole
for the new tomato plant.

She opened a few yellow bright
eyes to look around this morning.
Stretching those crooked arms
and gazing sideways.

I walked barefoot along the cement path.
The birds line up in all the trees
to enliven the leaves, notes
falling down with the green.

So many colors of green.

Ebony and Kona wait for their walk,
I hear them shuffling and tapping
their feet. A mouse makes a small
clicking noise in the nightie drawer.

The day is like a book. I set it down,
I pick it up. Turning one page, the
yellow sun has drained into gray-white

The dogs are quiet. The mouse is gone.

for the farm in all her glory

Friday, June 11, 2010

Beauty of a Small Town

Monday, June 7, 2010

New Name Announcement

The Baxter Barn just announced the new name
for their baby miniature donkey. Last Saturday
at the donkey baby shower they had a contest
for naming the baby girl. Out of twenty two
suggested names the winning name was selected
just moments ago. A local person who attended
the event at Baxter Barn is the winner and the
new name is....

Baxter Barn's Daisey

so fitting as she was born last month
and will be affectionately known as

"Daisey May".

Congratulations! Cory and Missy Huskinson will
be contacting the winner so they can collect
their prize. The winner's name will be posted
after they are notified.

The Staff
Flood Water Photography

The Baxter Barn

At the historic Baxter Barn in Fall City, Washington, owner Cory Huskinson and his wife Missy hosted a miniature donkey baby shower Saturday, June 5th. The party was a huge success with children enjoying sunshine, cake and hot dogs, bird house painting, seed planting, pin-the-tail-on-the-(paper)donkey, petting and hugging the new baby. Even name the new donkey contest. In the above photo Cory has a tender moment with the baby. Learn more about this unique award winning green working farm by going to their website: http://baxterbarn.org/

Photos by Flood Water Photography.

c2010 T.L. Stokes (all rights reserved)