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


Monday, 13 July 2009

the simple and mundane (sisterhood of the purple bicycle?)

clothes trying to dry in winter sunshine.. these are my gardening clothes.. yes, I wear old t-shirts and disgusting tracksuits in the garden.. not those gorgeous floating dresses and straw hats that you imagined..

it has been chilly in Woodford this month.. bone aching chilly.. today I woke to a perfect sunny day and was happy that i would finally get some washing done... no sooner had I finished the first load, the clouds started hovering.. not those rain clouds but the clouds that don't allow the sun to shine through.. stopping all warmth..

a bowl of organic apples, these are Pippins.. don't you love that name?.. I try to eat at least one apple a day

I have been trying to track a statue of Kali down.. to put on my altar..
I always get anxious when creating altars.. does it have to be in a central position so that each time I pass it, I am reminded of the presence of the Goddess.. or is it all right to tuck it away in my Sacred space... lighting a candle each morning...wish I knew.. trouble is my dining room is starting to look like a shrine to every Goddess who was ever worshipped..!!

an old rusty fork atop an old chimney pot.. just stuff in my garden

anyhooo.. I finally found a statue today.. at a cost of $95 which is a tad more than I wanted to pay.. is it ok to question the cost of a Goddess? ..but I have just put my vintage Barbie dolls on ebay so hopefully they will sell and cover the cost of the statue.. moving energy around !! I bought a beautiful orchid yesterday for my Kali altar and need a few more things and then it will be complete.. not even sure what to look for when She does make herself known..

more rusty stuff.. this old tin hangs on a garden gate.. we found the tin in the garden when we bought Inglewood..I wonder who it belonged to?

Last night, I was thinking of my spirit doll and how I could represent the changing of the angry, bitter and yes fear of my cancer treatments.. to something of beauty.. and as I lay in bed, looking at the butterfly mobile that Daisy sent me, telling her that I missed her.. I realised that a butterfly is the perfect symbol of beauty and change.. so I am going to add a butterfly to my spirit doll, sitting on my shoulder..I hope to work on that tonight.. I must have it finished by Thursday for the ceremony at Minnehaha Falls.

last but not least... a jumble of herbs spilling all over the garden.. just like Laura's!

oh and the second installment of my cancer story is posted: off to the ball.. thanks for the support! Just writing this down on the blog has seen a huge change in me in this very short time.. (I think writing this cancer story is part of my membership of the Sisterhood of the Purple bicycle - I am certainly moving out of my comfort zone writing my memories..I am overcoming a fear, facing a shadow, and trying to allow myself Grace....)

15 comments:

Grammy said...

You can make your own statue. Or just print a photo off the Internet. It is not necessary to see th image unless it is your need too. It is up to each person to do as they wish. As I work with stones and herbs and candle cards & nature. I have no statues. Other than gnomes & faeries.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Moving energy from Barbie to Kali seems so very symbolic, somehow! And, on another note, I love the photo of your garden gate. It's just like many gates I used to see as a child in my small home town -- it brings back real memories. Thanks!

Rose said...

Can't wait to see your new Kali - whatever form she takes. Your herb patch looks lovely...

Mel said...

I absolutely agree that your writing your 'cancer story' represents all that the Sisterhood is about -- that, and to know that we're right here, walking beside you, holding your hand if you need us to, while you tell your tale....

I've been looking for a statue of Kali too and found only these incredibly ornate things for hundreds of dollars until I stumbled across this website...

http://www.goddessgift.net/index.html

I haven't bought one yet, but this is where it'll be coming from. Don't know if you've placed your order but you might find a less expensive one that you like there.

I love the oddments in your garden...it's what gives these places character...:)

~much love~

Holly said...

Wow...I'm sitting here thinking how fast your energy has moved since you ventured to share your sore hurt heart with us...

Can't you feel it, too? It's really amazingly wonderful. And, I'm proud of your desire to look at it and call it what it really is.

For when you stop running, have the courage to finally turn and face your dragon...name it. You begin to tame it. And turn it into a spirit helper instead of a spirit killer.

I'm so very thrilled to be part of all of this with you. And, more so, I am honored.

Billie Jane said...

The discs arrived today Robyn... all safe and sound... will get them forwarded on tomorrow morning... they are beautiful by the way! I felt very emotional the first time I held it... which is as it should be! Lovely post... really lovely pictures too... I would agree with grammy... you don't have to have a statue... actually I think Barbie could be tweaked to represent Khali... my daughter used to do a lot of limb removing and re-gluing of her dolls and horses too...mmmm ... mostly they were horrific... but she got A level art out of it!!

Fire Byrd said...

Hooted with mirth when you questioned is '$95 too much to pay for a Goddess', just such a good question and who knows the answer.
xx

Moncha said...

Hi Robyn, great news on the statue !! I am going to fly over to read your story !!
Have a wonderful day !!

Sylvia said...

Keep your candles burning, my friend. Keep hope and light in your life... And faith. For the best, the Mother is there. Love.

Tori said...

I figured most people wouldn't wear floaty dresses and straw hats while gardening. That stuff is for movies. Real life is a lot more messy. I always laugh when I see a show or movie where they have farmers all dressed up in overalls, flannel shirts, expensive boots, and a straw hat. We always just wear old clothes we don't mind getting dirty.

Your home seems like a peaceful place. A place where the simple and mundane things have a lot of power to them.

gemma said...

Love your stripey socks!
You should see some of the funky things I put together and wear around the house.
Turning Barbie into Kali is perfect!!!

Serena said...

i'm glad you found a Kali statue, Robyn. re. cost - if you feel good and happy about the purchase, then it is worth it. i'll look forward to seeing a pic of your new altar.

Linda - Gold Coast said...

Looking forward to seeing photo's of your Kali alter soon Robyn. Loved your garden pictures, how refreshing to see the good old Hills Hoist proudly displaying your wares and socks hung out in matching pairs. Just lovely. Linda xoxo

Wendy said...

I love washing hanging on the line. It smells so good when you bring it in.
Love your energy moving - barbie dolls and kali.
Your herbs look fine - I'd love to grow herbs in winter. Happy gardening.

Genie Sea said...

Our altar is a visual representation of the intentions we send out into the Universe. Where it is placed might be of significance, at least according to the Feng Shui philosophy, but your instincts know all that already.

I love the idea of adding a butterfly to your spirit doll!

How about turning one of your vintage Barbies into Kali? :) hehe Just a thought! :)