Another birthday rounds the bend...
Georgia O'Keeffe Biography Presentation in Puppet form
Work continues on the Story Cabin...
What do all of these things have in common? Story is at the root of what makes me rise. A place where words whirl and images twirl in our hearts mind. A long ago story of a cabin in the woods. The brink of pine trees perched on a ledge and waters swooping downhill toward a kettle or a river. A fox screams under the floor boards one night. Peeking through the knot of a board long ago standing to catch a glimpse of mystery. I hear it...
Beaver! I have been visiting with her for a week now. She swims with her family gracefully by. Curious attention has been paid to us humans. She glides right up to us, near us...looking. Sometimes she has a stick in her mouth. Other times she's on her way to scope out the waterways. She is beautiful! Beaver is one of the brilliant architects of the animal world. I have become fascinated with her and her building ways.
This year in SouLodge we travelled around the Medicine Wheel with Beaver. One of the videos that Pixie shared with us was this Animal Planet video of Beaver working. So much work to do with Beaver around healing grief, trauma, observation, being awake. One of my favorite things that we worked with and continue to work with is this idea of Gathering. This is a perfect season for gathering...your stores, your friends, your questions, your ideas, your harvests...what will I gather in my basket this season?
Beaver is showing me the way to Building. I am in SouLstorm with a group of wise women travelling their journey and path and River toward creating anew in this world. Working with the Sacred Feminine to build new creations...for themselves, for their communities, for the world. Each one of us different but, so committed to one another and the beauty that we want to share and be in the world. It isn't easy work. There is alot that is required of us. Creating visions, designing legacies, stepping forward as our best selves. What does that look like?
It looks like a Marsh. A marsh rich and full...teaming with wildlife. It's murky in there too...deep down, dirty, dark and so filled with humus. Everything is transforming...even when we can't see it. Surprises fly by that take our breath away...and open up wonder that sits still all day upon our hearts. Some days it's so foggy and thick out there it's a wonder we can even see through to the other side. But, then there are days when the marsh is filled with wonderful weavings of spider webs covering every tree and branch that the complexity of it just goes on...and on. Deep. Rich. Challenging. Transforming.
And so beaver lives here. The teachings she shares give me so much to explore and ponder. She shares her home with me...quietly and sometimes not so quietly...building. This season I'm like Beaver. I'm gathering at the moment. Exploring the depths and coming back up for air and to swim around and peek above the surface. I'll gather...and slowly and sometimes not so patiently...I'll build.
Circus Smirkus had come to town when we were passing through Kennebunkport a week ago. We were driving along and we looked to our left in a busy part of the bustling town and lo and behold there was a girl sitting on the side of the road selling tickets to Circus Smirkus in 30 minutes. Randy said..."Hey! The circus is in town!" The next thing I knew we were headed east toward a horse farm and the bigtop. It was exciting and magical and the best part was watching my husband so excited and waving to all the performers. If you want to keep your life exciting, fresh and youth filled...go to a circus. If you get a chance to go with a big kid...well, you'll smile the entire time! Thank you dear one for bringing me to the circus again.
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.
She came to live with me by way of a traveller that carries ancient things. I just love her. I did not realize that she had dreads until after my husband pointed it out to me. She is carved from a rainforest wood although I do not know what. Sitting next to a vase of garlic scapes is perfect.
Breakfast from the garden this morning. So much in there! Black raspberries, calendula, borage flowers, nasturtiums, sorrel, 2 kinds of lettuce, chard, kale, spinach, lemon balm...all a short walk out the back door.
Tasha Tudor played such an important role in my young growing up and mothering years. I loved her books, her homestead, her lifestyle but, especially her gardens. When my daughter was young I had a friend, that was a weaver and was good friends with Tasha. She was in a book with Tasha as well. At the time she had tried to arrange a visit with Tasha and Emma to meet. They would have gotten along famously I'm sure of it. We had several old fashioned dresses made up for Emma to wear just for the occassion. Alas...the visit did not ever happen. We never had the chance to meet our garden and lifestyle heroine. We always have a sigh of sadness of never having had met her in person. Despite this, we still feel like we know her through her childrens books as well as the books by Richard Brown and Tovah Martin. Today, I was dreaming of Tasha and her garden...garden dreams sweet Tasha.