A while back, I wrote about my day in the countryside whilst visiting with family. You can read about it here. Today little M and I spent the afternoon there. After a simple lunch of a black-bean chili served over quinoa, we had a most delicious pear pie for dessert. The pears were gleaned from a nearby tree and every ingredient in this pie was organic. This pie was in fact made by my twelve year old niece! I spent most of my time talking my sister’s ear off about some exciting new developments in my aspirations as a doula. All the while, little M played happily with his many cousins. Life in the countryside is good. Oh, and the chicken pictured below is a newly adopted stray. She has been kindly welcomed into the brood by the other hens, and watchful rooster.