Wednesday, February 29, 2012

the beauty of un-pretty things


Melting snow is exposing what has been covered for months now, and all this unearthing is showing the not-so-pretty side of things. Add to the mix our ongoing saga of extreme winds, and things appear to be in quite a state of disarray - leaning fence posts, snapped support structures, bent wire, odds and ends strewn about.


I had an hour of time today in which I intended to get outside and make a small dent in our ever-growing list of projects to get ready for spring. You know the kind? Where you set out to once and for all tame this wild beast of Nature, and restore order to the chaos that is your land? Right. Spring cleaning for the outdoors, only a silly person like me would contemplate the possibility and necessity of it!


And as I walked around outside on this beautiful day, pulled in so many different directions and a bit frenzied at the start, I came to realize how im-possible and truly un-necessary it is to impose too much order on this place. It's a bit wild, and I'm starting to really like it that way. Projects are always in the works, and I'm beginning to be okay with the prospect of certain things never being truly finished. Un-pretty things abound, and I'm learning to see the purposeful beauty in this.

19 comments:

  1. Good for you Jaime! Those beautiful gardens we see in magazines and blogs are probably the product of a lot of hired hands. Or creative editing. Or someone that has all the time in the world, i.e., a retired, empty nester. Your photographs make the ordinary beautiful.

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  2. Jamie, you have expressed how I have felt living in the country. It seems I am fighting the elements of nature more and more. We had a drought last year and the winds never stopped blowing. But, just as you have expressed today in your blog, I have come to accept the beauty in un-pretty things. I have made peace with the never ending list of projects to be done.
    Thanks for your post today.

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  3. I couldn't agree more! I LOVE useful things and I find them far more beautiful than aesthetically "pretty" things...

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  4. Hmm....you have made those "ugly" things look quite interesting. I love the focus in the bottom photo. My photos never turn out so perfect.

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  5. Love that thinking!!!I think sometimes we have to accept that not everything can be 'finished'...and that's the beauty of life isn't it?

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  6. You have described life on a farm Jamie!! There is always something to do and sometimes it takes awhile for them to get finished. :)

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  7. We all start out thinking our farm must be a Martha Steward always in order show place until we realize that a true working farm is projects in the works, waiting for funds to repair something large, poop blown by the winds where they are not to be and those things that Mother Nature keeps breaking. It is hard at first relax but that is the nature of a farm and we have to learn to appreciate that or go nuts...

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  8. More than anything - the light looks sooooo beautiful in your piccies. Ahhh, here's to useful things and the grace that they teach us :)

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  9. LOVE your water pump!! Does it work?

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  10. Thank you all for your sweet comments!

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  11. Visiting your blog is like a meditation, Jaime. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. I agree with Jeannine! those images are beautiful, they show a real working farm, with real wear and tear, real personality. I love them :)

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  13. What a wonderful post, Jamie. So true.

    And really, how would we appreciate the truly beautiful without the functional ordinary?!

    I once read that your in-box/to-do list will never be finished because you keep adding to it. Thank goodness for that! It means we are all living life! Once I read that it really made me reconsider how I'm trying to get so many things "done" that don't really need to be or never will be no matter how I try. Maybe some would think that was a downer. I thought it was a relief to realize.

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  14. Sometimes I have to lift my veil and see that things are as they should be and perfect as is. Sometimes I want to fix things then realize it leaves less time with the kids and I slowly let go. Not always easy!!

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  15. I have to say that your shots are a study in beauty for their composition alone! Well done.

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  16. One problem I have with cleaning is I never know what to start cleaning. Should I move and organize these boxes? Should I move this here or will this make more clutter?

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