The Nordic countryside took an exceptionally long time this year to let the sun in. We've been traveling a lot in the last few weeks, so now I finally have a chance to sit and write. Vegard and I spent our easter break at his family's cabin, this charming little gem, that was still buried a few feet under the ice then. On arrival, we had to grab some shovels and dig up a path to get inside.
On the way to the cabin, we stopped by a grocery store where I found this gleeful and shiny lemon balm. It was perfect for Vegard's mom so we brought it with us to the cabin. Something about this plant just made me so cheerful and felt like it was a great match for her. I can't get over its divine fragrance, and have already added it to my herb list for my summer garden!
This house is filled with sweetness, and really seems to have soul. We believe the house is alive, especially after seeing the wood cry.
After getting the cabin fire up and cosy, and munching on a delicious supper, I decided to take a stroll alone to catch the sunset light. The moon was two days before full. It was the most wonderful silence.
The next morning I woke up to find a really cool surprise in the bedroom. An admiral butterfly who happened to be hibernating there through winter had woken up! The best part was how I was wishing to see butterflies and make paintings of them and this little fellow just showed up, only to stay with us for our two day vacation. So I took advantage of the wood to make a garden for it, with some flowers and sugar water, decorated with pine cones. Just for fun. It did stay on it all night.
I don't know what it is really about pine cones, whether its the fact that they have been mentioned with such reverence in so many myths or that in nature they stand for the symbolic pine tree, maybe its all these things that add to my curiosity. I love to stare at the flowering pattern, what a work of art by nature it is.
It was time to start making my shells calendar, so I started with my mini spellbook which I always carry with me everywhere I go. You know, for protection, inspiration, anything that comes up :)
Vegard's mom is a proficient knitter, so we had lots of wool for the string. I have to say, it was fun drilling holes into the shells too! I think I'm going to make some more stuff next time I collect shells. Here's how it works, I lay them facing down. Then each of the seven shells help me to mark a day of the week I start the meditation, turning a shell up. The last one is round so I always know that is the finishing day of my meditation, to be observed with gratitude regardless of manifestation.
Now that I finally got to play with some wood and tools in the shed, I ended up roughly preparing some random pieces for future projects when I buy my own tools. I have some fun ideas what to make with these.
A little spider showed up while I was washing dishes. Reminds me to take joy in the Great Weaving of our interconnected story.
The second morning the sun was so beautiful, I took many pictures and simply relaxed into the silence. All the magical symbology that was surrounding me was enough.
We then went for a little drive down to this beautiful beach. All this seaweed washed up on the shore was intriguing, and the colourful rocks. When we looked into the water, we found bright life just lurking below the surface. I even found a few clam shells for my collection.
That night the full moon came out. It was time to return to reflect on the lessons of the month and return home the next day for some fresh craftwork with my latest natural collection.