I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.
- Andrew Wyeth
Out walking Jack in the early morning sunshine and spying hundreds of silvery webs on the hedgerows, mostly with a lone spider in the centre of each.
The Sedums and Rudbeckias are in full bloom as the colours of the leaves golden up…this is one of the best times of the year to go walking.
We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving. And we all have some power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.- Louisa May Alcott
Hundreds of webs, sparkling with raindrops in the early morning sun at Bealtaine Cottage…
Whether one sees the world as God’s creation or as a secular mystery that science is on the way to figuring out, there is no denying the beauty and majesty of everything from mountain ranges, deserts, and rain forests to the exquisite details in the design of an ordinary mosquito. [Spirituality for the Skeptic]
- Robert C. Solomon
The stillness of the Lower Pond today as the frenetic flooding of the past two days subside.
Copper Beech and Dogwoods line a path in the Bog Garden near the Lower Pond this morning. Beech trees colour up wonderfully in Autumn.
Leaves along the grassy verge on the laneway up through the land of Bealtaine Smallholding…
Perlagonium continues to flower.
The nights are drawing in.
Autumn harvests the land of leaves and green as Winter waits in the wings…
The culture of the West and its reliance on centralized government has lost its way regarding Nature, seeing her only as a resource!
Politically, governments have aligned themselves and us with the world of big business, economic growth and finite energy sources…and all to create more and more wealth for a very few, including themselves.
This smallholding of 3 acres continues to give up her harvest.
This is the result of beginning to clear the tunnel.
It is incredible to think that gardening and growing food as we know it today has only been operative since World War One and the use of chemicals on the land.
Rarely is Nature now regarded as sacred, valuable in itself and in any way seriously considered.
This has happened in less than three generations.
The heart of the Celtic understanding of Nature is to regard the female, the Goddess and the Divine in all living things.
The king, or ruler is assumed to marry the land in the persona of the sovereign Goddess.
Thus they become partners.
Marriage was regarded in this culture as a joining of equals…
What would Earth look like today if we regarded the environment as our partner instead of our servant?
Permaculture is about working hand in hand with Nature and recognising her sovereignty in all that lives.
For many, this brings a remarkable sense of the Divine and the sacred nature of Gaia.
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