We culminated our week with a birthday party.
The centerpiece was a team-made cake representing the whole week’s work:
with our lemon curd between the layers
made with eggs we collected from hens we fed,
iced with home-made icing,
with butter that we churned by hand
in antique churns using local cream,
and flavored with zest we grated
from lemons we hand-squeezed into lemonade.
We drizzled home-churned vanilla ice cream
with home-made blackberry sauce,
from blackberries we picked in the meadow
while picking a bouquet
– because blackberries are her favorite.
Then we decorated the birthday girl’s cake with 11 of our own
hand dipped beeswax (and other wax) candles,
made especially for her cake that morning.
Wow! What a celebration ceremony!