A walk on the farm

I just moved out to a house in East Austin that is surrounded by the wild and native species of central Texas.  This house overlooks Urban Roots Farm; a nine acre organic farm that prides itself on being a small-scale, non-profit that is rooted in its volunteers, especially their teen interns.  When you walk around on this land you can't help but get wrapped up in the organic energy that is zooming throughout this amazing environment.   The land is sacred and peaceful and buzzing with life.  Within the short two month time frame we have been here, we have had many encounters with the surrounding wildlife; from snakes, turtles, squirrels, tons of species of birds, lizards, geckos, frogs, buzzards, bugs (big and small), distant coyotes that howl at night, raccoons, armadillos to even our three crazy dogs, one cat and our little coop of about 15 chickens.  Despite the bug bites and the occasional run ins with poisonous plants, this land is fascinating and lives up to its Texas sized boldness.  If you take a short walk down the road you can venture into an outlet of the Colorado River.  This is probably the most preferred route to the river, but if you are really feeling adventurous, you can take the long journey through an eerie, broken-down factory that leads into the jungles of East Austin, which soon turns into a field of tall, itchy grasses, where then you must fight like hell to reach the the most ideal fishing spot that exists on the sandy banks of the river.  The bass we caught those first few days exploring the river, was one of the most delicious, fresh, and rewarding samplings of fish I've ever had. Every night around 10 p.m. the train rolls by on the tracks that lay right across the street from our house.  You can feel the gentle vibrations from within our home and I can't help but radiate with this overwhelming feeling of nostalgia.  This house will not only serve as my home for the next year (hopefully two) but also as a inspirational place that will allow me to grow, learn and explore.    

The distant train lights up the track near the horizon.  

Spiral wind chime hangs quietly in the tree. .  

Yellow cactus flowers are in full bloom on this Texas style farm.

Some hanging lamps and artwork from Paris bring a splash of color to this corner of the room.  

A blue chair and stationary bike near the grand windows in the living room. 

Our new friend the turtle we found hanging out in the middle of the road.  We decided to put him back by the river where he belongs. 

From the outside looking in.