This one is turning 25 this weekend. She is on her way again. This time she's off to a remote wilderness in Vermont to canoe in her birthday. She's happiest out in the wilds. They will land at dark on the shore and canoe in...swooping in like owls in the night. Maybe there'll be a banjo song on the winds.
I love this girl with all my heart and soul. She is my hearts delight. A good friend and a beautiful daughter. She is the age that I was when I was pregnant with her. That long ago girl filled with the anticipation of mothering. She came in like a storm and has seized her entire life that way. The necklace she is wearing is a woman surrounded by a wolf. She got to see the wolves this year in Yellowstone. To hear her tell of it...is like a whisper only meant for the stars.
I want to tell you all about her today. You know, that mama desire that always fills up when your kidlings are gone? Instead...I'll just say to you...she is one of my wisest teachers this girl of mine. May your canoe into the dark be filled with the breath of the night...and the heart of your future. I love you, dear daughter...
I've been working on something. This is a banner that descibes some of that. Sacred Culture. It's a simple phrase but, big in what it means for me. It's part of what I'm working to bring to light. For now it looks like this. A colorful banner made from fabric from old outfits, upholstery remnants, batik that shows the trees and the sky...that's it.
He's been working on something. Another cob oven roof. This one was quick, materials laying around and some metal roofing. Remember those huge snows that crashed the last one in? What a winter! So, here's the new one...get 'er done! Hope you'll be able to come by soon for pizza or root vegetables baked double time in this oven made with birthday love. The base was made many years ago by a young girl and her dad...hauling rocks up from the river and nearby woods.
It's all a part of what we're offering up here. Our version of Story love made manifest.
We finally made the trek to Avena Botanical in Maine. I have wanted to go there for years and years. While were up in Maine celebrating our wedding anniversary, I thought to look up Avena Botanicals to see if by chance anything was going on. Lo and behold, Deb Soule was giving a garden walk that very day! We were thrilled. It was a beautiful day for a journey to a magical garden. I must warn you...I am going to post nearly every photo I took. I know some of you are plant medicine people so here goes a treat for your heart.
We had a wonderful time with Deb during her garden walk. There were maybe 15 or 20 folks there. Afterward we got to speak with her for a short bit. She is a beautiful person. Her eyes and heart radiate out to each person she is speaking with. But, if you see her in her garden...she shimmers. It was an honor to share a piece of her work, her excitement, her concerns...but, mostly her deep, deep wisdom about the plants. It was a long wait to get to Avena Botanicals and it was everything I had dreamed of. Avena has a new shop and medicine making building that is wonderful. It is filled with warm wooden walls and floors, a woodstove and of course, stocked shelves of herbal medicines and all the good smells of an herbal practice. I just loved the sparkle in Deb's eyes as she spoke with us...and she wished us well and Happy Anniversary. I love how the unexpected turned up and fed our souls with deep tender care in that magical garden. We even stole a kiss under the arbor. Thank you Avena Botanicals and Deb Soule for a perfect anniversary gift.