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(edith wharton)


Monday, 3 August 2009

Imbolc time

according to the traditional wheel of the year it was Imbolc on August 1st. According to planetary alignments, the true moment of Imbolc is August 7th... since I have been following the wheel of the year, I always tried to celebrate on the day.. and I stressed if I missed it... but now, I tend to believe that these days don't fall on any one day,.. the changing of the seasons happens gradually, seeping into the days with signs from Nature...

a bee snuggling in an Imbolc plum blossom
yes, the bees know that it is time to visit my garden.. the very first blossoms are opening. I must look back to last year to see if they were blooming at the same time.

a time when you can sit outside in the sunshine, sipping champagne, knowing that later that day, you will be gathering kindling to light a fire

Yesterday we had breakfast at my friend Peter's. We sat out on his deck, looking out over his gorgeous garden, which is showing signs of Imbolc. The snowdrops and bluebells are in flower. The magpies are beginning to gather bits to make their nests, the early jonquils are in perfumed glory.

even fresh fruit reminds of spring to come

sitting out in the sun, warming ourselves as we chatted and laughed..knowing that tomorrow the cold August wind could be blowing. That is what Imbolc is... half winter-half spring. a time when part of you wants to get out in the garden and the other wants to stay snuggling in front of the fire, not quite wanting to wake from the winter slumber.. but the blood is beginning to flow. and there is no stopping it. the wheel turns constantly.

my gluten free bread looked golden in the Imbolc sunshine
Inglewood is a little higher in the mountains than Peter's home, so my garden is a little behind Peter's garden, where bulbs bloom profusely right now.

the dill is in its brillian green
.. and I have no idea why I planted it in the first place. I don't particularly like dill.. but it is a good companion plant for carrots and the good bugs love it! so I let it self seed with wild abandon.

and dad's rock orchid.. or rock lily as he called it, is sending a little flower up..
this is a native rock orchid.. dad found it on my uncles property many years ago and it has moved with me to various homes, over time... each year, it sends up flower stalks of the most exquisite white waxy flower... and even though dad has been gone for many years now.. each time this blooms it reminds me of him.. it reminds me that it doesn't matter what happens in life.. the wheel turns regardless. And to function, we need to turn with that wheel and not fight it... welcome to Imbolc time at Woodford
there is another post up at my cancer blog.. and I am thinking of working through the Artists Way. I loved it the first time and I think Imbolc is the perfect time to get my creativity flowing again (if anyone is interested, maybe I could set up a blog.)

18 comments:

Tracy said...

Arg...I don't have The Artist's Way! I have The Vein of Gold. Do we need the actual book to participate?

Tori said...

I agree with your belief that the seasons don't change on any one day. The days we celebrate are just that- days we celebrate the changes happening in nature. I don't think nature is going to be offended if we're too busy on the actual day to do something.

Happy Imbolc. =)

Wendy said...

Happy Imbolc to you! We are celebrating Lammas. I didn't do anything special yet, but I feel as you do. It doesn't matter what day you celebrate. Mother Nature is turning the Wheel and the signs are all there. Lammas is a time of harvest in our part of the world. A time to celebrate corn and fruit and sunflowers!

Your champagne and fruit looked yummy!
Blessings

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Brigid's blessings to you on Imbolc!

Holly said...

To me, this is nothing short of a miracle that I've made a friend a world away and I can follow her rotation of The Wheel and she mine...and though it is so very different in terms of season, in hearts we are all the same.

Blessings as The Wheel Turns to Spring.

Bohemian Single Mom said...

Happy Imbolc!!!
Such gorgeous pictures!

I LOVE the Artist's Way and have read through my copy twice!

Brightest Blessings to you!

Rose said...

I love spring and that garden is lovely! Happy Imbolc!

laoi gaul~williams said...

i am an imbolc baby! conceieved at beltaine born at imbolc :)

our wheel here in england has been turning oh so slowly~autumn has been creeping up on us during the summer months. small oak leaves brown before their time drifting across our garden, heavy rain and that 'autumn smell'.

Grammy said...

I have been in such a creative mode this last month. I can hardly believe that your near spring and we will be going into fall. Time is flying. I will be putting my garden blog to rest. As I will not do a fall garden this year. So if You would like to change the link to my Emptynester blog. I will just be posting there.

Mel said...

I think it's even more significant in the grand scheme of things that as we celebrate Lammas here, you are celebrating Imbolc....the same Wheel at different points as it turns...it really resonates with me...

I will do something to mark Lammas at the Full Moon...I, too, am much more connected to the land than the calendar...

A Blessed Imbolc to you....may Brigid's forge blaze a bright creative light...

~love~

Carol H said...

I am new at blogging but I am finding my way around. Your writings are from the heart and interesting too. I think it would be great to work through the Artist Way with a group, maybe this time I will finish it and reap the rewards. I feel stuck sometimes needing a little push or just being around like minded folks helps too. Let me know if a blog is created.
Carol

Genie Sea said...

Beautiful food and garden! :) I need some Robyn magic as I attempt to tame my garden into something livable! :)

Pear tree cottage! said...

Your blog is now full bloom! what a lovely place for you to be - on the very edge of spring!

Lee-ann

Naturegirl said...

Robyn!What a wonderful time for me to come by and revist your blog!I love this new look (since my last time visiting that is)and I enjoyed looking back at your past posts!
So wonderful for you that SPRING is in the air!! New beginnings always my favorite time of the year!I know why you grow dill...the monarch butterflies lay their eggs on dill!!! YES!!!
You are the queen of the fairie folk so watch for the magical wings to appear...really watch closely!! love and light aNNa
PS>Today I visit the oncologist to discuss treatment. Prayers please.

Ruth said...

Happy Imbolc Robyn! Here it is Lughnasadh...
The Artist's Way is fun. Have you done Walking in this World?

Winterwood said...

Its been feeling like spring here too for the last few weeks or so, but I think it will still get cold, although my jasmine isbeginning to flower! Who knows, this weather keeps changing its mind!

gemma said...

I agree that the seasons change when they are ready and not always on the same certain date. Breakfast with your friend sounds and looked enjoyable.I loved the AW. I have read it many times. In fact I kind of live my life like that. Still do morning pages, still take weekly artist dates...but it is also fun to revisit some of the tasks.
:-)

Serena said...

I also agree that the seasonal dates aren't set in stone. We use them as guidelines only....Mother Nature cannot be controlled. :)

A lovely post, Robyn!

I have completed The Artist's Way three times and loved it...a few months ago, I was thinking of reading it again so maybe a group would be an ideal incentive for me. I also have the other two books in the Julia Cameron series....Walking In This World and Finding Water though I've yet to read either of them.