the wheel turns…

In the silence there is much to hear. Much to learn. Much to observe.  Sabats and esbats pass, “time marches on”… and we are approaching Imbolc once again.   This may not mean something to everyone and yet everyone anticipates the coming of springtime when the earth wakes from slumber – relevance, of course, based on geography.  Clearly agriculture based, the wheel of the year celebrates the harvests and bounty from that standpoint and once you begin to participate in it (not just observe it), the wheel comes alive with more meaning, learning and growth – literally and metaphorically.  For those of us that get our hands in the dirt, dry herbs, preserve food and have made those connections, the wheel not only marks time but it is a symbol of what is next… what to plan, what to look forward to and how to prepare.  The window dressings vary from belief to belief but the commonality connects us more than divides us.  Be still and listen.  The earth is singing.

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no words required

Every Wednesday evening just after dusk my family has a campfire on our property. Neighbors and friends sometimes stop by to share the light, warmth and friendship.  We have decided to open our fire circles to others and would like to invite you.

We occasionally dine by the firelight so feel free to bring your own drink or food if you feel inclined… or not.  The only thing we ask of those who attend is an open mind.  Enjoy the warmth.  The light.  The peace.  Turn off your phone.  Conversation is optional but we do hope to share in some inspirational and thought provoking discussion.

Unplug from everything else and join our open fire circle us if you’re in the area. We’d love to meet you. Share in the warmth and the light. No words required.

The weather is turning cooler so dress appropriately.   We do not have fire circles during inclement weather.

If you’re interested in joining us, send me a message via twitter.

garden images

This has been the busiest season… I step out my front door and every day there is something to do.  Prune, plant, transplant, pick, harvest… dry, tincture, infuse… the list is never ending and it continues to bring me such a sense of joy, pleasure and peace.  Mother Nature does most of the work, I just steward in conjunction with her.  I wish everyone could experience the beauty, grace and magic of gardening.  It’s so simple – every one should do it!  Here are some latest images from the gardens…

blooming lavender, ducks enjoy their new pool, a gourd growing in with the tomatoes, growing tomatoes and basil together, happy green beans, sister sunflowers, huge banana peppers, our basil in the front garden are nearly the size of small trees! (shhh… soon to be pesto and canned in tomato sauce) … happy gardening!