We are experiencing those lazy,hazy,days,of,summer,as an old popular song says. It certainly feels that way with many days over thirty Celsius. Heatwave days that have drained the moisture from the land and all our energy. Even stitching has been put aside.
My efforts in the last few days have been focused on trying to keep plants ,baby birds and trees alive.
My bird guardians take good care protecting their young. Ever alert they always let me know if snakes are out near the house . Living here for many years now I can understand warning calls about which danger is being broadcast.
Another New Year has come all too quickly.My resolution is to make every minute count, every second precious and find beauty in the ordinary as well as the extraordinary.
Recently,l was asked to make a Mother Earth inspired by Sibylle von Olfers classic tale.
Some years back this needle felted Mother Earth and her root children appeared.
Another rendition of this ancient mother depicted her as a beneficient element of nature.
This is the latest version. The characters are Waldorf style dolls. Simplicity allows imagination to develop characters and their stories.
Her children to me symbolise hope in the future, but is it too late? Our treatment of the environment has been brutal,driven by greed and ignorance. Mother Earth has,over many millenia, been creating, nurturing and supporting life; whereas mankind has sent many of her creations into extinction. Has Her patience been too tested? Will she put on her dark mask to become Kali the avenger? This appears to be happening already as we hurtle into the dire consequences of climate change
Making these little dolls has led the mind into the deep canyons and vast unknown of contemplating the mystery of life.
A recent visit to a plant nursery displayed the first spring blossoms. Such delicate beauty that had me awestruck. Looking at the images again it reminded me of a project that needed to begin. Somewhere in my stash lay a special ball of wool, a one ply lace yarn as fine as spider web. It is not only delicate but also soft, like a petal. As if by intent, or the waving of a magic wand, the colours of the wool are the same as the peach blossoms .
As the needles poke and twist they create lace fabric from an easy pattern designed by Morris and Sons . As the fabric formed came the realisation that the love of the process and the material, as well as the colour and energy of the season,were all being enmeshed, forming a union of nature and imagination.
Creation is a result of love, joy and curiosity. My wish is that the love that fills my soul when l create and the joy of the process will be infused in the project and warm the heart,body soul of the recipient.
Spring is here wearing many costumes,flamboyant,delicate,serene and subtle. Annual Flower Festivals reveal breathtaking arrays of colour ,vibrant and rich palettes of tulips and pansies carpet the ground whilst more sedately blossom trees puff out their frills in softer,more delucate tones.
Here in the bush it is much of the sameness,dry,dusty,and an array of grey greens. However there is another noticeable aspect,the arrival of migratory birds and the busy coming and goings of nesting.
Hello again and apologies. Over the past year or so there have been computer issues, then no computer. It has been a interesting learning curve to realise just how dependant we have become on technology for daily life. As yet I am not convinced this is totally beneficial.
On one hand it opens a vast exciting opportunity to connect, learn and share while on the other it can lead to social isolation,the need for instant gratification and manipulation.By connecting to the ether we can become disconnected from daily life ,time and reality as well as lose social skills .
My techno time out has been useful, and has offered more time to reflect, observe, create, discover and garden. As yet I have not replaced the computer it has been too busy living in a more basic and earthy world!
This picture comes from a wonderful source of inspiration, the Diggers Club permaculture garden at Heronswood , Dromana in Victoria. The photo resurfaced whilst searching files for inspiration to share .
This summer has been too long, too hot,too humid and too draining. In Australia the current season has been very fierce with weeks of hot and humid days as well as many fierce fires and storms.No doubt many others, like me, are wishing for an Autumn that might bring cooler days and gentle,refreshing rain and fear that climate change has greatly impacted Natures ability to heal and recover.
Pondering about this much desired change of season, reminded me of these little sprites that were made last year ; tiny beings who indicate that each season has its specific character and tasks necessary for nature to create and replenish.