Welcome to the Arkansas. It has rained for 39 days and nights-or so it seems! Our creek has jumped it’s banks twice now in the last 36 hours. Well, I said I wanted a place with plenty of water..haha.
One of the things I love about our place is the creek Her character changes daily. Some times she just flows along peaceful as can be , just mumbling to herself and then other times she leaps along singing her heart out and then like the last two days , she roars!!!
Here at the house we can always tell when the creek is up- we can hear Little Creek roaring where it joins our Shop Creek. We know that we can’t get out. Recently one of our volunteers asked why we spent so much time listening to things. How to explain it?
Well, to begin with, living this lifestyle, we are very close to the land-our lives cycle with the seasons. By listening to the sounds of our world , we have a sense of what is going on. I also believe that the earth lives and breathes and the closer we get to her rhythms , the closer we are to where we need to be.
I love crows- they are sentinels in our woods- no one ever sneaks up on us, we can always tell when a hunter is in the woods- the crows have a number of different calls in their vocabulary – for instance a specific call for hawks, one for dogs, one for humans, one for human with a gun!
We live behind a creek , so it is important to be aware of the level it is at, before we make plans to leave. The level of our house Spring, determines how much water we have to drink. The amount of rain that fills our rainwater tank tells us what water we can use without hauling it . We can tell that by tapping the side of the tank. The tone you get, tells you how much water is in there.
We have several fairly large predators in our woods and in the National Forest behind us. The woods will often go completely still as they move through. It’s like watching a wave of silence move.
I am raising a bunch of baby poultry right now, I can tell by the tone of their cheeps, what is going on , Are they distressed, happy , cold, etc.
So, yes, we do listen to things. It is an integral part of how we live.
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