Silent growth

honeysuckle

I’m tucking little seeds into pots of soil every now and then…

This year I’m following the biodynamic almanac of Maria Thun for the first time, to give some astral allure to my sowings. I’m hovering almost daily above the seed trays, and of course,  just when I miss a day the magic happens – small seedlings appear and wave at me cheerfully.

rocket

Outside the signs of spring progress, little by little. I’m very happy to greet the regular guests, the snowdrops and crocus, and keen to see how my tiny trees and bushes are doing in their pots (to be relocated from Garden 1 to Garden 2 as soon as they’ve got some height). Goji is alive (as I thought it would), looking very sweet with its round leavebuds. I’m holding my breath for the pomegranate – did it survive the winter? Time will tell.

crocuss  snowdrops goji

Inside, I’ve dug my artists’ tools out of their hooks and nooks – I was itching to “be creative” and set out to try my hand at illustrations. You will see the results emerging slowly but surely in the Portfolio section.

I’m curious to know what are you itching to do? Take a baby step in that direction…and then another one…

 

Quote on Earth Healing

“We need to restore the cycle of exchange between human beings and the worlds of the Earth and nature. As a culture we take from the Earth what we think we need, we consume these resources, and discard or destroy what is left. This is not a cycle of exchange but a one-way path that leads to the spiritual impoverishment of human beings and the plundering and destruction of the Earth.

 
To restore the cycle we must first ask ourselves what we can give to the Earth and its beings. We humans carry within ourselves spiritual and creative potentials that can open new prospectives and possibilities for the enfoldment of the Earth and all life, thus opening and enriching the cycle of life, and creating a flow and manifestation of abundance.”

Marko Pogacnik – Earth Healing

Deep vibes

The awakening sighs of the Earth… While Queen Frost still reigns, the days grow longer and Nature awakes – just a little. Day by day small sprouts emerge, stubby leaves of tulips, things like that.

On my walk I encountered the elder again and was amazed – I had no idea it was so busy growing already!

elder in winter

 

Inside, the first seeds (Chenopodium bonus-henricus) have sprouted – and I’ve sown some more “stuff”, outside, under glass.

sprouting

I was felled by the flu for some days, and had the opportunity to re-read this book again after…almost ten years. I had bought the 1st edition during my studies in London and read it in 2006. Now I was gifted with the 2nd edition, and at unwrapping it a thankful smile of re-membering made my whole being kind of radiate – oh YES! Nature spirit and elemental beings! Welcome to 2015, Nina, this will probably (hopefully) be the theme.

The flu is almost gone now, and a little bit less than the half of the book remains. Luckily it’s weekend..!

 

 

 

Yearning for Spring

It’s a bit silly to be yearning for spring by end of January…but it is true: I’m not a fan of winter and am looking out for signs – any signs – of spring right after New Year’s Eve. The slow lengthening of days, the blackbird singing in the twilight of an early morning, snowdrops and crocuses – all this belongs to January-February, but I count them as baby steps towards spring.

crocuses

snowdrop

I’ve planted the very first seeds inside…

 

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…and installed the ‘natural pestcontrol patrol’ in the garden, with the good hopes of minimum damage at this time of year.

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What are your thoughts on this time of the year? I would love to hear from you!

 

 

Successfully completed!

Hooray! On the 6th January this year I successfully completed the ten modules of the Intermediate Herbal Course, which included the study of anatomy, physiology, herbal therapeutics and the relevant examinations.

I’m eager to deepen my knowledge further. I’ve learned a LOT in a short time. Now I want to go back to it all, revise, build on my materia medica and get to know ‘my plants’ better.

If you ever consider to study herbalism, I can really recommend the Intermediate Herbal Course. I took the Intermediate Herbal Course, which is an in-depth study, but you could also start with the Introductory Herbal course. If you’d rather read into articles, monographs and connect with a community, The Herbarium is your way to go.

Learn Herbs As Food And As Medicine in the Online Herbal Course

( These are affiliate links. If you decide to buy from the Herbal Academy of New England I will get a  fee towards supporting my herbalist life and my family. )

And now I will jump back to a couple of weeks ago…

During the Christmas vacation we were to our place in France, where the foodforest is still a baby but has taken root.

Upon arrival we had wonderfully sunny, mellow days – and I got my top bar beehive ready for its first season! We didn’t ‘install’ it in the field yet, that will happen the next time, but it’s now there, ready and waiting.

 goldenrod in winter

 the last roses, before frost

I found the last nasturtiums and something orange peeking in between them. The tiniest pumpkin!

And then came the frost and snow.

Everything was under a white glittery coat overnight.

What does an eager gardener with an impossibly long to do-list do in the case of snow?!

After some hours of being torn between frustration and awe, I snapped out of it, grabbed the camera and headed out for a track hunt. Fun!

These animals are roaming within the garden(s)…the first being our cat.

 And this one is the neighbors’ dog :)

The following tracks are from our New Years’ walk, outside our garden(s). Can you identify the animals by their tracks? Feel free to comment!