This phase has been one of the busiest and most frantic in a long time. We are in the process of selling our old house, and we are trying to get things set up at the new house. We don't have all the storage places that we need yet (cabinets, closets, etc) so there are a lot of boxes placed willy nilly as we bring them from the old house. All the while, we are planning more renovations... but we don't know when they'll start.
I have wondered out loud more than once why we decided to uproot our lives like this. Fortunately, there's a good answer so it all feels worth it. Labrador Valley is so beautiful, wild, and makes us feel free. That's why it's worth it.
The flowers are stupendous, and the pollinators are hard at work. This reminds me of a person deciding to stick her whole face in the ice cream bowl!
The Columbines are opening!
And some are fully open!
Columbines are my favorite flower. They are sprinkled throughout the valley but there are none right by the house. At our old place, I spent a long time getting a Columbine garden to thrive, and it has been hard to leave it. So, last fall, I collected seed pods from my Columbine garden and planted them at Labrador Valley. Many of them are growing but, as I knew ahead of time, it'll be a year or two until they bloom. Until then, I'll nurture them and enjoy the wild ones.
One evening after yet another frantic day of trying to make headway on my to-do list, we hiked up to the viewpoint above Labrador Valley. The sunset was stupendous! That's called a "banner cloud". They occur on very windy days. The cloud dwarfed the mighty Continental Divide.
I am thankful that nature keeps showing her beauty and reminding me why we're working so hard to make this transition.