I collect up my Black Walnuts every year! Num! I bet the ink would look great! I'm a purist of sorts too. I have found so many pure and simple answers in the garden/off the land! I heard a guy that wasn't religious as far as I know, but he had a passion for simple living and he made a profound statement; "so many solutions to life's woes today are found in a return to the garden/land!" If I hadn't known that for myself I would have just dismissed him as another crazy! I have a love for our senior population. I never pass up a opportunity to ask our 80-and up seniors what life was like growing up. I mean I have literally asked hundreds of them. I was visiting my dad 91 in Florida and he met weekly with a group at Cracker Barrel. Well they were all in their 90's! They knew I was a Homesteader and so I started to probe their lives as children and 90% of them grew up poor and on homestead. I watched each one disappear into their memories and without exception, while probing the lives of "poverty" they grew up under was a profound sense that they had, in those lives of poverty something more precious and remarkable that they have experienced since. Most of them wished they could go back to that! Sure some of it was childhood, but to hear their account of no money, or electricity, or a car etc but yet the family singing hymns and time, yes TIME together! God was feared in their lives and it was what kept them safe and secure! When we were all done with breakfast you could see it in their eyes and they even commented they had not thought of many of the things we discussed for many many years. I know our current lifestyles are robbing us of many of the treasure our forefathers enjoyed. Yet we have been made to see a life without ease, comfort and things as "poverty", and somehow Yahshua invited those who were clinging to these things to give them up! So when I heard you speak of black walnut ink and feathers for brushes I thought of "the garden" the place of simplicity we were placed in when Our Heavenly Father made us and how, deep down we desire to return.
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