April Tidings / Bealtaine Eve

Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia

Blessed Bealtaine Eve to you!

April has come and gone.

A whole year has passed since we packed up our old farmhouse on PEI and crossed the bridge to create a life in Nova Scotia. One whole year! I can hardly believe that we’ve traversed a cycle. It has been so full of ups and downs, so much hope for the future, sadness for what we left behind. As always, time so easily slips from my perpetual day dreaming state. I hope that you reader, are doing well this eve of Bealtaine – that you feel hopeful for what’s before us in this confusing, heartbreaking, beautiful world.

A walk close to home in the month of April
Mushroom Dyed wall quilt

Life has changed so incredibly much these past few years. I’ve changed along with it – pretty drastically I’ll admit. I still want a simple life, perhaps even simpler than before. Plants, gardens, hiking and creating are at the forefront of my day dreams. I no longer feel urges to share online my regular life but rather cherish the time offline. I think of not producing content and watching social media as leaving the rat race – being offgrid. I’ve stepped back from all of it and I’m having a hard time reconciling with the person who was so attached to her phone – so enthralled by scrolling and creating a depiction of life. In the words of the Situationists of the 1960s “Vivre sans temps mort” – (live without dead time) that always resonated with me. It’s like I was under a spell for years. Not that that is the case for everyone that uses it – but for me personally.

After the rain while in rural Nova Scotia last week…
Some mittens from earlier this month

So what has been going on this month?

Lately, I’ve been working on art commissions. They are almost finished and I will be happy to share them with you on here when completed. I’m open for commissions as well at the moment (jreddy.fox@gmail.com for information). I love the private world of putting headphones on – a podcast or music and leaving everything behind to get caught up in lines and ink. Commissions have taken up my time that would previously be spent on creating for the shop so I haven’t been working much on making this month. Below are a few items like some Lopi and Briggs & Little Botany Mittens which sold earlier in the month. A couple of new knit items are in the shop.. like the hat featured below and a pair of Botany Mittens.

Also below is a photograph of a painting I did of my ceramic finds here in the Halifax area. I love beachcombing – it’s one of my favourite pastimes. Not only do you get to spend time in nature, connect with the rhythm of the tides and the moon but you’re a legitimate treasure hunter / archaeologist uncovering the garbage of people whose lives were wholly so different than our own – while in many ways, very similar.

Thrifting is also something I dearly love. Lately, I’ve been finding 19th century bottles at thrift stores that have no idea how to identify old bottles. Everytime I see one, my heart skips a beat imagining that this is in fact an old bottle not a replica from a craft store (which is normally the case). The other day I found a 1880 aqua beer bottle for 1.99. The glass is SO beautiful!

Small painting that found a home in Germany – ceramics of 19th C Nova Scotia
Currently in the shop – a lace tam that my dear mama knit.
My last wood carving – will start making these as soon as I finish up commissions. ALSO LOOK at the bottle stopper I found on the shore!! It cleaned up beautifully and is probably from the mid to late 1800s. I gasped OMG when I saw it sitting among the rocks.
Some recent finds – the tallest bottle in my latest – the bubbles and colour make me so happy πŸ™‚ Also a peek at our new house – it sits high up among the trees and looks out at the calming water, it’s very special place.
Peek a boo! Exactly the reason why I ALWAYS check out this tree while walking Henry. Dead hemlocks are so important for our eco system – they house different woodland creatures like raccoons and owls as well as provide lots of bugs for the birds to feast on.
Knitting, plant meditating, journaling and caffeine – morning in my life. Knitting slowly a Pangur Ban for the final pattern that will come out despite taking me 6 years πŸ˜› This is more of a hobby for me hence why I take my sweet time.

The osprey are returning to Nova Scotia! My mind is pretty well fixated on gardening, landscaping and fixing up our house. We have a lot to do. From painting the whole exterior, doing all the landscaping, building a deck, cutting dead trees down… it honestly feels endless but it’s also extremely exciting. The forsythia is currently in bloom, the purplish/red peonies poking above ground after a long winter sleep. The chimes a hum that I love so much. Spring is definitely here, a new spring with endless possibilities for both the growth of plants as well as our inner selves.

I wish healthy, beautiful new growth <3

Wild wild Atlantic Ocean

8 thoughts on “April Tidings / Bealtaine Eve

  1. Bealtaine/New Moon 🌚 Blessings to you, Julia! Such a sweet surprise to see your post in my inbox. Though Spring has begun to show herself here, her arrival has been slowed by Winter’s cold and rain. Thankfully all the snow is gone. I’m so glad that you are discovering your True Self – focusing your energy in ways that nourish your body and Soul. Isn’t is wonderful? It is a lifelong journey. Even at my age, I find myself shifting and changing to be my Highest Self for the good of this world. This New Moon is a powerful companion to end what no longer serves our best and highest good, and begin anew. Let’s not just dream of a better world, but do what we can to manifest it.

    As always, your lovely photos and words capture the true essence of the natural life all around and within you. ☺️🌱🌚

    1. And a month later Bonnie, I wish you all the blessings of the new season in MN! I hope it’s green where you are with wildflowers galore. I am so sorry about your spoon >.< I do hope you're doing well and that your creating a beautiful new home for yourself and kitty <3

  2. Beautiful sentiments. Sending lots of gentle thoughts & find peace where you can XXX

  3. Lovely to see you here again, Julia! Your beachcombing and thrift shop finds are amazing! I really know what you mean about being under the spell of the social media world, and applaud your disengagement from it. You’re right –that is a way of living off-grid now. Such a dilemma though, when there are some people we only connect with online. But maybe occasional deeper connections, like your beautiful blog posts, are a good solution. Like the occasional eagerly-awaited connections from written letters in the past.

    1. Lovely to see you too Valerie!
      Thanks so much! I’m glad you like the beachcombing and thrift finds πŸ™‚ It has always been an interest of mine but I never thought others would be very interested. The other day I found an old marble filled with bubbles from the glass making process – to me, it feels like winning the lottery!!

      Yes, it’s so complicated the dilemma of social media – there are both positives and negatives! It’s good to find balance but oh so difficult when these systems are designed so that we don’t find a balance.

      I’ll do my best to keep an updated blog even if it’s once a month to send out that letter from the distant past πŸ™‚

      Hope you & your family is well <3

  4. Hi Julia,

    Thank you so much for sharing!! I have been meaning to catch up on your blog. I went back to school March 28th and became very busy. I am so happy to have time now for reading. I missed reading about your adventures. Beautiful artwork as always πŸ™‚ and I’m so glad you are enjoying Nova Scotia!! Take care ❀

    1. Hey Baedirin,

      Thanks for reading! Going back to school sounds so exciting, what are you studying! Congratulations for making that giant leap πŸ™‚

      Be well <3

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