Friday, 23 September 2016

Autumn begins: flutterings and dreamings

 On this blue skied morn, with the first flashes of colour on the tips of the trees and the garden full of birds, Paul (D.J., artist in residence and all around good guy) chose this piece of music to have our coffee by ..

.. and it seemed the birds came a little closer to the house for a listen.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Thursday, 8 September 2016


This critter:

And I have something in common.

Or at least I feel like I'm seen like this sometimes, as though I am pulling myself this way and that.

From the outside looking in (apparently) I seem to hold contradictory ideas.

I'm a both/and person living in an either/or world. To the crowd of disbelieving onlookers, that makes me a freak. That's okay, I play to the crowd; as long as they know they can't figure me out it keeps their minds open to what might really be going on.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Dem bones

This is a story about re-integration. 

Do you remember this old Spiritual?

Ohhh, the toe bone's connected to the foot bone
The foot bone's connected to the heel bone
The heel bone's connected to the ankle bone
Now hear the word of the Lord ..

That song's been in my head since I got up this morning, but my version of the lyrics goes like this:

Thursday, 11 August 2016

On coyotes, St Augustine and forgiveness

(with random pics by Paul)

It was a bit past midnight. I'd been hanging out in the relative cool of the basement, at my desk, reading Matthew Wood's take on herbal treatments for the muscular/skeletal system. Fascinating. My mind traced back and forth between the green world and our insides, the affinities and sympathies between all things in Creation. Nature uses the same structures over and over, as though she doesn't differentiate between life forms; plant, animal, fungi, bacteria, soil - we're all made of the same stuff. "All" we have to do, it seems, is understand whether to strengthen a system/function that lacks energy or to calm an overactive one. Simple enough, but not easy.

Friday, 5 August 2016

You can't freeze dry veriditas

I put up a video over at the garbling blog some of you might be interested in. It's part one of a talk by one of the old guard (and most well loved) herbalists, David Hoffman.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Lessons from the allies: Eyesight vs vision

Yesterday evening Paul and I took a little ramble over to the island ..

Yonder island,
Grand Calumet