Blessed Spring 2019 Fae Friends!
I hope you’re all very well this April!
Spring… just the word is so full of life! Growth and renewal. Of course, here on the Island during the second week of April we wake to a blanket of snow. By mid afternoon, I’m sure it will have melted away into the saturated earth, just like yesterday. We can expect the fickleness until May. Despite the snow and chill, the days are much longer, the birds are singing in the trees and squirrels chirping away. I planted some Liatris bulbs for the butterflies. The earth around our front door is the only spot that isn’t frozen, so I might be overcrowding the earth with my dreams of life. Sedum and tulips are just emerging and that is enough to make me happy 🙂
I am very much over due for an update. The month of March, I will be totally honest, was extremely difficult for me. In short, I was very sick – we actually found the culprit and I’m now doing so much better. It turns out that I’ve been getting so sick on and off for around 6 months because of this so I’m so happy to finally be looking towards health and happiness! I chose to just take a social media detox while I was dealing with this. If you have been following along, I’ll sound like a broken record for going into my social media detoxes. I essentially log off and don’t log back on… for what can sometimes be weeks (I think it was like a month and a half or so). Once I disconnect, I just start to realize that I’m a lot happier not being distracted by my smartphone. Not thinking about numbers and likes and 2D representations of my life, but actually connecting and being kin with my environment. I find that as soon as you become absorbed in your smartphone, it’s almost like being sucked away from what is actually real. I no longer feel grounded or relaxed but distracted and anxious. Someday, I’ll switch this smartphone in for a flip phone and deal with the social consequences of being a technological outcast. I already feel better friends with trees and rocks anyway, so I can deal ; ).
If March was a void, April has been so full of hope and happiness already! I started to fully recover and Jamie and I have been taking advantage of the longer days and going hiking. We also spent some time with my family in Halifax and got to go on many beautiful walks. To Duncan’s Cove where we sat on the rocks watching dozens of seals, curiously pop their heads out to see what we were up to. Jamie and I also stopped in Truro to go to Victoria Park on our drive back to the island. It is a beautiful, magical, fairy tale of a park and I highly suggest it to everyone passing by! Thousands of acres of old growth forest, situated along a fault line. Seriously magical!
I felt so good after leaving the woods, so just blissfully happy.
And then of course, making and creativity. In a way, it has been on the back burner since I was dealing with being so sick. I decided to work on a series of Maritime Folk Mittens so I can knit without thinking about what I’m doing. Just get caught up in the trance like rhythm of knitting, working with colours. I also completed a lopi sweater for the shop. I actually have a chest full of knits for the shop. Every weekend, I’ll just slowly start posting them up there 🙂
And then there is news… news about a book. A real book. I’ll share more about this at a later date!
April is when I start feeling excited and happy! March and February were really difficult for me. This has been a long winter which started in the beginning of November. So welcome spring and hiking!
new growth, smell of damp earth, tea sitting in the sun, putting winter coats away, opening windows, chives and rhubarb, singing birds, bobbing seals, stretched coastline free of snow, the sound of rain, fingerless mitts, stacking wood, early mornings <3
I hope you’re all well and finding happiness in the smallest new growth!