Time for Trees (2)

Time for Trees (2)

    Have you ever sat in silence in a forest?     If so, you may have noticed how full of change it is. The moment to come is different from the moment just passed. Wind stirs the air and shakes the leaves, creating sounds that shift and change....

Planting Time (2)

Planting Time (2)

    What have you been planting this spring?    I spent a long weekend on my block of land recently, with my hands in the soil. After pulling out armfuls of onion weed, I began to wake the garden up with a thorough digging. My spade unearthed one fat...

Celebrating spring

Celebrating spring

  Here we are in the full leafiness of spring, the season that brings an infusion of new life, regeneration and joy.     Can you feel it? Does it make you want to sing, dance, make love, run, walk, or laugh? Or do you feel tired, maybe nursing the...

Bright patches

Bright patches

  At last the weather looked fair enough for a weekend at the bach.     As I wandered down the aisles of the Fruit Barn, selecting lettuces, carrots, avocados and capsicum for a salad, the weather man's voice chattered out from the speakers. 'The good...

balance

balance

  Today is spring equinox. Night and day, dark and light are in balance. Southern and northern hemispheres are also in balance.     In the north the balance is about to tip towards the dark, and here in the south the balance is about to tip towards the...

Season of surprise

Season of surprise

  Which season is most full of surprise for you?     For me, spring wins every time. Last week, as I walked along the leafy streets, suddenly I was engulfed in sweet fragrance. It felt as if a shimmering diaphanous stole had been flung over my head and...

Wild Retreat

Wild Retreat

  Have you ever given yourself a retreat — time out from obligations, time to be nurtured and to reconnect with yourself?   If so, you may imagine or hope that the retreat will be peaceful, with no disruptions. But this may not be the case.   I began...

First Light/Imbolc/Brigid

First Light/Imbolc/Brigid

  On a wild ironsand beach I prepare to welcome First Light, which in the southern hemisphere falls on August 2 .   This festival falls half-way between winter solstice and spring equinox. It was known to my Celtic ancestors as the festival of Imbolc or...

A winter welcome

A winter welcome

  Have you ever felt warmly welcomed by someone?   It feels good, doesn't it? Some people know how to do this, quite instinctively. They know the small touches that make you, the visitor, feel you matter, that you are valued and special. If you pause for a...

In winter light

In winter light

  I've been out walking in the brief fine patches between showers, hail and steady rain, and have composed this winter photo poem for you. I hope you enjoy it.   In winter light, new shapes emerge     In winter light, a shiver crosses the land...

Lighting the inner fire

  Do you find yourself huddling against the cold, the rain or the howling wintry wind? Do you walk through the elements with a grimace on your face and resentment in your heart, thinking, ‘This is a sod of a season’? Do you even start thinking with envy of your...

Solstice Suns

Solstice Suns

  What are the rituals that you never forget?    For me, it's the ones that take place outside — yes, even in winter. Two solstice rituals come to mind as I sit here to write to you on this cold, bright winter's day. The first takes me back to the warmth of...

Missing Matariki

Missing Matariki

  It's June, and here in New Zealand an important event has occurred in the night sky: the return of Matariki, a beautiful star cluster that many will know by its European name: The Pleiades.   Matariki the wanderer dips above and below the horizon, teasing...

Longing for lemons

Longing for lemons

  I gaze out the ranch-sliders to the little grove of lemon trees, scanning the sharp leaves and hard green fruit, hoping to find one that is ripe. Early winter is approaching here, and it's too soon for lemons. But I have a cold and am longing for a lemon drink....

Remembrance

  Outside the dark, noisy café, a woman sat on the pavement. ‘You’ve caught the sun,’ I said, as I stopped to talk.   'Yes’, ‘it’s sweet autumn’, she said. I agreed. 'These fine days feel as if they could last forever.' ‘But they won’t, the woman said,...

Saying goodbye to summer

I caught myself feeling sulky. I know I 'should' know better, but the truth is, I felt let down this weekend when I woke in my cabin on the land to find that I felt cold, and had to turn on the heater for the first time in months.     Yes, it's that time of...

The Last tomato

The Last tomato

Each morning I sit on my balcony in the sun and quietly eat my breakfast. As I enjoy my muesli, I watch the last tomato slowly ripening on a withering plant.   I feel I'm in the presence of a mystery, as I watch the colour deepen a little more each day. How does...

Equinox blessings

Equinox blessings

Happy autumn equinox! And to you in the northern hemisphere, happy spring equinox!   At equinox, light and dark, day and night come into balance. At equinox, our two hemispheres of this planet come into balance. We are together, poised in this moment of...

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