There’s a soft steady rain, and a deep quiet on the mountainside today. It hints at snow, somewhere further away in the Alpine places. We’re nearly at the Solstice, (on Monday), and by 4.30pm, the afternoons huddle inside the shadows of dusk.
It’s been a strange week, luvs. A little unsettling at times, but a week that has provided enough contrast between the There, and the Here, (as well as the Then and the Now), to stress to me that it was absolutely the right decision to move here, to this mountain sanctuary.
Friday is usually my playday, but today I have a lot to get through; so I’m going to work for at least a part of the day. I’m happy to do so, as I’m working on something moste diverting. And I can’t be out in the garden today, anyway. Which seems to be my current default in my spare hours.
However, it’s that time of the week. So without further ado, I present my little list of finds…
I found this TED talk deeply moving, in so many ways: ‘The Beauty of Being a Misfit’, by Lidia Yuknavitch.
Italian gothic fairytales, (but an English language film), sumptuously re-told in Tale of Tales, from director Matteo Garrone.
I’d like to create a sacred stone circle, (just a small one) in my garden, a bit like this one. I’d like to plant a few trees that were sacred to my ancestors – for instance, rowan, birch, elder. I’d love to plant an oak – my favourite tree – but I simply don’t have the space for one. Did you know that oaks are “paramagnetic”, giving them an energising, “yang” energy? I love spending time with oak trees. They have powerful medicinal qualities.
Speaking of sacred trees and healing, I’ve been exploring A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine, a book by Ellen Evert Hopman.
In The Guardian, an interview with Patti Smith.
Warmest wishes to you for the weekend, and a Happy Winter/Summer Solstice for Monday. xx