Blackberry Farm

Friends of the Farm

Spring Newsletter

The Lenten roses, which you all know I love, are always a first sign of Spring for me. The new growth starts pushing through the hard, frosty ground when almost everything else is dormant. It reminds me that real change comes from deep within. If you’re like me, you might find that the changing of seasons brings a new perspective or inspires new habits. I’ve learned it can be more effective and powerful to think about what I am starting instead of what I’m quitting—the new behavior ultimately replaces the old one, without all the negative energy.

Of course, it’s not hard to be inspired when I’m surrounded by so much beauty. I look out over the pristine, rolling hills that are beginning to turn green, and I feel such joy and peace. Maybe that’s why I’m compelled to spend so much time outside in the Spring. It’s almost like a symphony as the forest and the farm wake up from Winter. Trees start budding one by one until they are blooming together in colorful harmony. It’s the perfect motivation to open all the windows to let the fresh air in—and to go outside and work in the garden!

I’m looking forward to all of the small, sensory joys of Spring in the Smokies—open windows, wildflower hikes, baby lambs and chicks, rosy sunrises—along with some of my favorite annual events. Hospice du Rhône celebrates its 8th year this Spring, and I can’t believe it! I still remember the first time Sam and I experienced Hospice du Rhône in Paso Robles, an amazing trip that we wrapped up with a hilarious memory I’ll never forget: mechanical bull riding. Despite having no practice beforehand, Sam was surprisingly good at it. And he loved a good surprise, so we brought a mechanical bull to our own Hospice du Rhône gathering at the farm a few years later. You never know just what a celebration at Blackberry Farm will bring you. I hope you’ll have a chance to take in the views, get out in the fresh Spring air and discover some surprises of your own when you visit us this season.

Mary Celeste Beall, Proprietor