An Elemental Equinox

Spring Equinox in the woods near Molde. Norway 2018.

Spring Equinox in the woods near Molde. Norway 2018.

Today was a blessed day. The elements smacked up before us and I'm truly overwhelmed with gratitude. My partner and I survived a terrifically rough winter and finally moved to a new farming town, where we can wake up before the most majestic ocean view and fjords of Norway.

While the snow is still melting in our area, we've come to spend the weekend in Molde, Vegard's parent's home. After a lovely dinner, this morning they left for the Canary Islands for their own little vacation, and we decided to take a hiking trip to the nearby mountains. The Herculean winds up at this coast have famously swallowed up many ships, and it was so, that we hiked up the steep mountain top against a blowing, smashing, ever-present wind that I have never witnessed to be so strong before. It was totally commanding my movement and I literally had to fasten myself like a mast on my feet, as Vegard lovingly encouraged me up through the damp mud and rocks that have literally just begun to dry up after the long snow winter.

My first encounter with such a severe element, the Northern Wind, has been ever so special and will be fixed in my mind for life.

Moss and Lichen on Rocks in the Forest.

Moss and Lichen on Rocks in the Forest.

Vegard had told me earlier this week to prepare myself, as one of the delights of being a Northerner was the oncoming of spring. He emphasised on observing the total transition and how it completely transforms the psychological and physical experience out of the winter mode. But truly, I was never prepared for such glory as I encountered today. He led me through the most captivating forest path, where we met some lovely and sturdy new plants, people, and trees, who had all survived the season.

Rosslyng holding strong.

Rosslyng holding strong.

Nature's artwork was everywhere, inspiring and resilient. It amazes me how the shrubs survive even though they bear such delicate petals when they blossom. Rosslyng has been my herbal ally in the past, and here it was glowing all over the place, returning in golden and rosy colours.

Happy spruce dancing in the wind.

Happy spruce dancing in the wind.

It has been well worth the wait, and I am gladly able to wait as long as it takes for the herbs to fully develop in good time to harvest. Today I simply wanted to take in the power of the elements with this powerful walk with Vegard and the Great Wind.

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Wild waters of the coast.

Wild waters of the coast.

A quaint public kitchen cabin.

A quaint public kitchen cabin.

We discovered this absolutely charming cabin kitchen in the middle of the path. There was free firewood for anyone who wanted to use it to cook or make a hot drink, with many benches to enjoy a meal with friends and family. We met quite a number of people walking their friendly doggies too.

Cosy inside the free public kitchen cabin.

Cosy inside the free public kitchen cabin.

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The first Coltsfoot bursting out of pebbled paths.

The first Coltsfoot bursting out of pebbled paths.

Coltsfoot buds, waiting on the Sun.

Coltsfoot buds, waiting on the Sun.

The mark of true spring, bright yellow happy Coltsfoot! The whole walk was enchanted by the delicious musky breeze of ocean. I found some pine sap to chew on, as we walked back, it tastes better than candy, a bit minty and foresty. We came home exhausted and cooked some juicy steak with heavenly sauce, Vegard's secret recipe that he won't tell me.

I am happy, fed, and blown down by the power of Nature. Thank you Nature for teaching me the importance of patience and love, how it blossoms in poetic fragrance!

In my upcoming blog, I will also share some photos from the farmhouse where the magic is slowly brewing at the moment. We intend to spend some weeks there before moving to a new place. That area is simply stunning, and with so much to explore when the snow melts, I will share the best stories of a very rich life that we are realising in simplicity. How beautiful indeed it is to take it slow.

Happy Spring Equinox to you!