We have come to love this little gourd operation close to home called Meadowbrooke Gourds. Fields upon fields are covered with every variety of gourd you can think of and beyond. The gourds are grown and then transformed by local artisans into seasonal decorations and beautiful birdhouses. (Here’s a fun time lapse video of how gourds are grown and on the little gourd house seen above.)
We like to visit the retail gourd shop for ideas and then peruse their raw, cleaned gourds in the side warehouse. (Do you remember we got gourds in the winter to paint and turn into snowmen?) We’ve been anticipating spring’s arrival to return to the shop for their “large egg” shaped gourds (12 for $6!) to paint and keep as part of our (lacking) springtime decorations. Some “eggs” were painted with stripes, polka dots, and decorated with glitter, while others were reserved for hen eggs and robin eggs. (We just speckled those today for the Easter dinner table!)
Along with our beautiful gourd eggs set out on the kitchen table is an ever growing heap of grass, miniature wild flowers, and, really, anything that is alive outside brought inside. I don’t mind. It is a nice change to see greenery and living plants and worms over bowls of snow and icicles on my kitchen table. Today, actually, marks our first hike of spring. The Appalachian Trail will be where we begin our season’s hiking adventures with something simple, short, and well, just getting out and doing it. I keep learning that lesson over and over again; sometimes it doesn’t matter how you do it but just that you do it.
the sleepy time gal