Love and Blessings,
Our last full moon celebration was quite a happening - Music, Poetry and a Liberation Ceremony for myself and Annie. At our Handfasting in 2006, our hands were Ceremonially tied together with a ribbon. We started this ceremony bound in the same way, until Claire and Djesael as our Priestess and Priest released us to find new love - though as I said to Annie at the time, The end of Mariage is not the end of Love. We continue to honor the connection that has always been between us, but now as Brother and Sister.
Love and Blessings,
17th April 2013
Spring has finaly arrived after a long, cold and very wet 2 months - but the time has not been lost. With Jolene, Jez, and Imyla here with us a great deal has been achieved in spite of conditions and a 2½ year-old just on the cusp of discovering she has a will of her own. It is incredible how much Imyla has developed in such a short time, in language, co-ordination and social skills. We love her dearly, and she has charmed even our most beloved teddy-bears out of us and taken them back to england.
As I write Jo, Jez and Imyla are wending their way back accross france in their old Mercedes camper (much improved whilst here) that has been their home for the last 9 months while they have been travelling across europe coming here via Portugal (the long way round if you ask me) and Wwoofing along the way. See you next time...
Jez helping Kelly plant her trees on her own land
This post is realy a thank-you to honour their hard work in our domain (and theirs - Imyla is Annie's granddaughter and it feels as though everything here is just part of our gift to her) although some of their work did go to Kelly, our new neighbour. She has just completed the purchase of the property next door (see The Inspirement Centre) and spent the left-overs from buying the land on trees, and had some help in the last days of her 2-week visit here planting them. Well done Kelly in getting it together - a year and a half ago it was just a crazy dream, you had no money but you signed a contract to buy and you have.
A few months ago we decided to move our chicken run closer to the house. The last straw was when our first home-raised hen was killed by a buzzard and we didn't even know till the next morning. The run was made some way up the hill from our house, the centre of activity these days, by some previous residents. In theory, It's a good idea to have the chickens within striking distance of the fruit trees but with so many hungry mouths waiting in the bushes it has been impossible to let them out and with us down here an them up there nothing less than a total cage would have prevented an unsustainable rate of loss. So we have begun on the new fence, which, thanks to Jez's abundance of energy went in in a few days. Much of the perimeter is only temporary though, since we plan to triple the length of fence in the near future, to make a run that is large enough to sustain the chickens with minimal external input.
In the old chicken run is going to be our first properly fenced gardens. Thanks again to the efforts of Jez and Jo a good part of the ground there is already dug ready for us to begin planting potatoes and beans safe from the pigs and deer who like to think we're gardening just for them. Now we just need to work out how to grow leeks, onions and garlic without the rats and mice running off with them...
Love and Blessings to you all, Jeremy