Given the ease, I can't help but wonder what the coming months have in store for us weather-wise. As Jim and I were driving to the farm, I looked out the window and was struck by just how dry the fields looked as they rolled past. After I was done feeling grateful that the spring tillage offered no weather related resistance as of yet, I started to think back to last year and the super dry May we had. I hope this isn't another thirsty spring.
Writing that, jokingly referencing my extensive experience, reminded me of an idea that I am not sure who articulated first, but is regularly talked about. That is that every season, there may only be a few opportunities to do each task, sometimes only one. Even as the years pass, I have still only prepared the ground in the spring three times. I have only planted spring onions as many seasons as I have farmed, and, likewise, I have only seen the results as many times. The frame rate of change for the world is much slower than this and the averages come out over a much lengthier period of time than three years. This is a good reminder that the instances I see on my timescale may or may not carry into the larger timescale of the world. And, while important and relevant, my observations about the way things have gone over the last few years cannot provide the only basis for expectations and decisions. I didn't need too much of a reminder for this last part (thank goodness for the internet!)
The importance of this really gets brought into perspective when I think about some of the repetitive tasks I do. For example, when I started out making bouquets, each one took a while as I internally debated about color schemes and placement of individual flower, and with unreliable results. (I remember a particular smiley face bouquet, all blue, fine textured ageratum with contrasting purple clumps for eyes and a smile...) At my fifth bouquet I was still didn't have it down, and even at fifty, I was still botching the job with some regularity. If I compare this to my season experience, I am only on my fifth bouquet! I guess we can expect a smiley face one coming soon.
I guess all of this reflection of time, occurrence, and experience should wrap up to some resolution. I am not sure if this sums it all up but this year, I am going to make a point of seeing the tasks from the larger timescale with fresh learning eyes. I am also going to remember to take a few opportunities this year to reflect on how small in space and time I actually am.
On its own, the idea of frame rates and perception is marvelous to think about. An interesting factoid on the subject: Generally larger, less vulnerable creatures see the world at a slower frame rate than smaller, more vulnerable creatures. This is presumably because larger creatures have less to fear while smaller creatures are in mortal danger more frequently. Here is an article from Scientific American on the subject.
All told, have great weekend! Welcome Spring! And come see us in Flemington this weekend!!!