Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Triumph & Disaster

Anyone who follows the seasons knows well the vicissitudes of that. Hard to imagine the state of mind of Rick, the north west parsnip farmer, looking out over a million dollar crop lost to flooding last month. What can you say or do? It's hard enough coping with your own small matters, of not-yet-ripe apple trees devastated by a flock of hungry wanton cockatoos, or freshly picked golden plums that don't seem to be able to last the distance this season (perfect on the tree, but browning just hours after being picked - why is that?). Lessons to be learned in every day... What was that line from Kipling? Something about treating triumph and disaster just the same...

6 comments:

Killiecrankie Farm said...

Yes feed or fmine its a bit of a bizarre season - out of the drought and into the rain.

P.S. stewed greengage with ginger + vanilla ice-cream .

Hilbarn said...

Thank you Lee - every cloud has a silver lining and every bruised plum a pot!

Jess said...

Last year I had a bumper crop of greengages, this year, hardly a bowl full, and they aren't lasting either. Never mind, must mean next year is going to be a ripper!

John and Michelle said...

Yes sometimes we get too much rain or not enough. Raining again here in Gunns Plains hopefully it won't flood again. Great blog guys.

Hilbarn said...

Thanks. Stay dry! Hope you managed to salvage something from the last flood...

Anonymous said...

I wish I could of stopped one morning to photograph the tree it looked amazing with a flock of birds eating it!!! Your little pink flowers look so nice to Hil.
Gary Vikky and Hollie