Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We had quite a week on the farm.  Monday was St. Patrick's Day, so of course, we had to have a tea party.  Some of our other farm friends came over to share with us.  I was still feeling a bit under the weather, so kids carried on tradition.  Patrick made oat cakes.  Maggie made soda bread.  The others helped spread the green table cloth.  Thomas put green dye in our home-grown milk for the children to drink with their tea.  I pulled out the special china tea cups and plates.  Rose cut up the cucumbers.  We read, again, Tomie Depaolo's story about St. Patrick.  Chickies and duckies cheeped in their temporary home in the breakfast room and stank.  Thankfully our guests were farm friends who didn't mind at all!  Later that evening, corned beef and cabbage and all the goodies rounded out our mid-March tradition.  We have so many tastes and smells that are vital to our sense of well-being.  Soda bread and corned beef and cabbage are just part of that inventory.  Stinky chicks are not.  Maybe they will be too in a few years!

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