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"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)


Wednesday, 14 November 2007

rambling thoughts, a shift in my soul, a wander through my garden and two blogs I simply must tell you about

over the past few days, I have been allowing things to settle... as well as the continuing decluttering... a few of you have asked if I feel any different and I guess I do in a way.. a very subtle difference.. a kind of shift in my soul... an acceptance of the way things are, the way things are meant to be.
On Monday as I was cleaning my bedroom.... you know - the stripping sheets, vacuuming and dusting and making my bedroom into a sacred haven ....... I got to thinking and as my mind wandered, I thought of my search for who I am, my life purpose and why I chose to live in Australia in this life...... I had realized something or maybe it was a message from the angels, or maybe I was in that moment truly in touch with my higher self.
In this lifetime...... I am to find a way to celebrate the Wheel of the Year in a modern way.... to read and research ancient folk lore but to bring it into these times so that it works in my own life...encompassing all of my journey... including Mary.. who is the Earth mother.... our Goddess, Gaia.... and if I can't find Rowan or Holly or any other tree that is needed to hang on my door to keep evil spirits out... then I can use eucalypt, apple or a bunch of lavender... because it is the intention that counts..... my ancestors used what they had at hand... they didn't travel miles to find just the right tree.... they went into their garden and used what was growing.... that is what being in touch with the nature, the sacred, means... and all plants & trees have wisdom...
so not much more to tell, well there is more, but I need to let it settle in my soul and grow... and will share some more soon.
And I thought I would show you a little of my garden ... come down the garden path....
and we find some herbs growing... feverfew, yarrow and love-in-the mist....

the roses are delightful right now... as you walk through my garden, it is like a perfumed Heaven

and foxgloves.... the faeries must be delighted to have such an array of hats to choose from! These foxgloves self seeded from the original garden in 1917.

and before I go.. I want to tell you about two blogs first of all Ruth.... someone that I found when searching blogs who were interested in Hedgewitchery..... amazingly, she lives in Cumbria. Over the past few weeks, we have been getting to know each other and she has decided to open an online wise woman circle.... take a look: WISE WOMAN CIRCLE. I am going to join as soon as I shake this chest thing I have.... and the other blog I want to share today is Hearthtalks a blog by a catholic nun who kind of follows the wheel of the year... alot of wisdom in both of these blogs... have a little peek when you have time

19 comments:

Bimbimbie said...

I think by picking the local leaves and flowers around our homes it connects us more to where we are "now" and we should take comfort in that special grounding feeling that nature is hugging us with .... especially after all this lovely rain.

...those gorgeous Foxgloves have their own Wheel going on in your garden Robyn. Smiles *!*

kim said...

I haev previewed these two lovely ladies and have added them to my google list. I love the idea of a Catholic Nun who who is open to the sabbats and rituals. Very refreshing! Thanks for sharing hon!

Gemma said...

Your garden is so pretty. As for the value of local trees and plants...what you said is so true. Indigenous people all over the world used plants that were available to them. Honestly we need more people today who will bring ancient ways to the modern world.

Krissie said...

Hi Robyn, thanks for the links - its alwasy interesting to find new sources of interest.
I love those foxgloves, they are amazing and even more so that they seed themsleves! The colour of them is really gorgeous. Did you watch compass and the journey of those women at the abbey in NSW? I loved it and am looking forward to reading the blog by the nun in your links.
My dd has a chest thing too it seems to be going around here a lot of people arent well! hope youre feeling better soon.

Sacred Suzie said...

Sometimes I think you're here to help inspire us up North with your summery images to keep us warm during our winter and keep us cool in our summer. What a joy to see flowers right now! Thank you also for sharing those blogs. I'm glad that you're feeling more grounded and at peace about things. Hugs to you Robyn!

A bird in the hand said...

I've said it before, but I love your garden posts. Because I love your magical garden. the foxgloves are glorious! xoxo

Rowan said...

Your garden is very pretty and I agree that you are right to use indigenous plants. Have you ever looked into the plants used by the Aboriginal people? The links were interesting - the nun is definitely not mainstream is she?
Hope you soon feel better, summer colds and coughs always seem worse than winter ones.

p.t. said...

Robyn, thank you so much for the invitation to stroll around your garden with you, it was like a walk with a friend, cup of coffee in hand.Your soul will relax when you go to Cornwall but I think you will find you'll become a duel dreamer and feel so incredibly privileged to be part of the deep spirituality of this ancient land also. I know you do already, but Australian spirituality is so much evident in dreams.These dreams are something over which we have no control,and as a non-aboriginal person,I know that when we are ready, the dreams choose us.I remember thinking "but I'm white, how come I'm privvy to this !" You are definitely born in Australia for a reason, not by mistake,but you must go 'home'to Cornwall, to say "at last", then soul-soothed and nurtured,return to our very ancient land.So much excitement ahead for you, because you are indeed special.I love, so much, the way you write and what you share.Big smiles and hugs.

tinker said...

Your garden is beautiful - love the foxgloves, especially.
I'll have to come back to check out the links a little later, they sound intriguing - but I'm already sneaking peeks at my friend's blogs instead of writing (shh, don't tell I was here, heehee :) so I'm trying to draw the line and rein me in just a little bit. But I'll be back eventually to check them out - thanks for passing them on! xOxO

Monique said...

Those blogs are great Robyn, thanks for sharing. I wish I had the means at the moment to become a member of the Wise Woman Circle, but my budget doesn't allow me at the moment :( Ah well, maybe another time !!
I love your garden, those roses are so beautiful and I can imagine the scent !!
I understand what you tell about using things at hand. I once attended a workshop weekend with Marian Green, the English writer and witch, she told us how to use daily things in magic. That was a real eye opener !!!
I'm doing a written course she made right now about A Witch alone. It is very useful !!!
Have a great day !!!

Sheila said...

I adore the garden Robyn, the foxgloves are lovely.
Doing the best with what you have makes so much sense, and is a great step forward to accepting why you are there in this life.
The flora in Australia is amazing, and has properties I would love to learn about.
hugs
xo

DAWN said...

I really enjoyed what you had to say about "the intention being the important thing." You are so right about that. Sometimes we get caught up in the accessories and forget about the thought that is really need to complete the task, whatever that may be. Thank you for sharing your lovely garden pictures. Try as I might I cannot get foxglove to grow in my garden in Tennessee, so I love to see it growing for others.

Ruth said...

That sounds like a very good life's purpose to me Robyn - and you are so right about our ancestors simply using whatever herbs grew to hand.

Julie Marie said...

Aah, Sparrow, you are learning. Oops, I mean Robyn. Seriously though, I think you are definitely headed down the right path about celebrating the wheel in your own way with your own plants.

Did I choose to live in ND in this life? What was I thinking!!! Seriously, again, ND truly has shaped me into who I am today.

Hugs,

Julie

Naturegirl said...

Your garden is lovely to see as we approach our colder season! I love your heart and soul and how you write such deep meaningful posts! I shall take a peek at these blogs.Thank you for sharing ..come by and let nature put a smile on your face.hugs aNNa

solsticedreamer said...

robyn...your words and garden makes me feel so much better

sorrow11 said...

What a lovely thing to share! Angels and witches, fairies and dreams, your words speak to the heart.
Thank you so!

Sue said...

Hellllooooo Miss R. Just stopping by...been really busy so lots of catching up to do in blogland. Juat wanted to thank you for 2 wonderful links.

Brightest of Blessings,
Love Sue xxxx

Dandelion seeds said...

one of the things that first drew me to your blog was your gardening as I am a novice and wanting to learn more. Loved the pics! And isn't hearthtalks amazing?