Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Connecting the dots...

...a letter from Erik
Click on photo to enlarge - © 2007 jim otterstrom

We got a very nice letter the other day from our young friend, Erik, who lives along Lytle Creek in the San Gabriel Mountains, about 65 miles from here.

Erik and his mother, along with his older sister & brother, have come to see our Native Plant Garden during the Big Bear Xeriscape Tour for the past couple of years, and the kids really love the gardens & the chickens.

This past July they stayed here most of the afternoon picking our brains and endearing themselves to us.

So it was great to hear from Erik, and today I'm mailing off replies to him from Peggy & I, including one of our pine-needle basketry starter kits, and 2 more for his brother & sister.

The kits include a coil of hemp twine, a large-eyed craft needle, a pine-needle guide (3/8"plastic tubing), a chunk of beeswax to wax the twine, a small bundle of pine needles (they have plenty of pine-needles in their neck o' the woods too), and complete instructions on making a small basket/bowl.

One of the most enjoyable things about Earth Home Garden, for Peggy and I, is watching how much fun kids have exploring the gardens and interacting with the chickens.

It's a regular occurrence for kids to come by and ask if they can go in and see the chickens and collect the eggs for us. They're also very interested in the hand pumps on the rainbarrels, the pedal-stone, the solar waterfall/pond, the hand plow, my big eco-friendly ant farm, and all the other wildlife that visits our place.

But it's especially rewarding for us when city kids, who've never had much exposure to country life, or nature, find some joy & magic in our little patch of Mother Earth.

Erik, however, is not a city kid. He's one of the more fortunate ones who lives in the rural foothills beyond the outskirts of town. His entire family has a budding interest in learning about sustainability, about living within nature, instead of upon her, and we admire their thoughtfulness and good energy.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jim & Peg,
I've been a fan of your site for a few weeks now--even decided to put up a blog of my own last week:(http://urbanwildhome.blogspot.com/
and have linked your site to it.
You two are amazing & it's great to hear about kids getting inspired by 'old school' ways of doing things--skills we'll all need when technology crashes & burns!
Keep up the great work--you guys are awesome!

4:20 PM  
Blogger David Houser said...

Very inspiring guys. I have nothing of great substance to say other than this made me feel good. Thanks.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Linda!

Thanks for the good vibes and we'll be checking out your blog.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


It felt good for us too, getting that delightful letter from young Erik.

5:36 PM  

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