Friday, June 10, 2011

Litha * Approaches


Have you ever seen such a perfect nest? Beautifully made... a perfect circle. Thoughtfully dished with soft grasses.


Three robin's eggs in that classic blue...


There is even a ring of mud in the outer wall to give the twigs firm support for the bouncing chicks and the moss all around the base just completes it.  Bruce found this nest at ground level in the old cedar hedge that was taken out recently. He was heart broken when he realized that these eggs had became a casualty of our gardening up grade. He moved the nest to a new spot with the parents watching and they did try to make a go of it, but finally they abandoned it. They built another nest in the tall fir tree and have a brood on the go as I write. We have a number of cats and also raccoons that would have attacked the nest as it was quite accessible. Perhaps their first time choosing a nesting spot?  At least it will have a happier ending now they have a high rise condo!


My rhododendron by the front door, next to my studio window is in full bloom and they are a glorious red! A couple of hand fulls of fertilizer once a year has made a huge difference to the  shrub over all since we moved here late 2007. It looked rather sad and we considered pulling it out but I'm glad we left it in. This is where my little green tree frog sits in the evening and 'sings' to me.




These are my two baskets on either side of the front door. They are filling out nicely and I love the vibrant green of the potato vine on the left.


 The large magnolia has more leaves than flowers now and this is one of the few left. Our property seems to be a bit later than homes in town and I don't mind. Despite my seasonal allergies, this is my favourite time of year, with fall a close second. That blossom is very large... about the size of a dinner plate!


The Japanese maple badly damaged in the heavy snows of Winter 2008 has adjusted well and somehow rebalanced it's limbs to compensate for its missing branch. Amazing how Nature heals itself...


Where there were several large trees that came out two years ago, is now full with ferns and native plants (yup, some of those are weeds too!)


Now this picture is fuzzy and was taken very quickly by my Hub with his mobile phone camera. You can just make out our resident doe and she is bringing out her twin fawns to show off. They are quite small still.  She knew he was working in the garden area and still came out. We also have three bunnies in the meadow so perhaps our lost little Peter left a legacy? We have also seen signs of a bear nearby and our immediate neighbour ran into the small black bear in his carport last week. We have squirrels running around the trees and the occasional raccoon parading through. With all this abundant life around us, its easy forget the other side of the coin.



This is a prayer flag woven by Theresa of Camprunamuck especially for our little Lakeland terrier Connor who passed away last September. It contains special messages, poems  and a Buddhist metta sutta written on silk that is cut into strips and woven into the flag. You hang it in the breeze and let the wind take the message. Traditionally they hang until they are almost shreds. There are little bells hanging in the fringe to tinkle as the wind blows.   And there is this:


He was a good and faithful companion for thirteen and a half years. We can't thank you enough Theresa....


*Litha or Summer Solstice:
Of the modern religions, it is the Pagan Celtic societies that celebrate this day with the most passion. This holiday is most commonly known as “Litha” (the ancient Germanic name for Summer) and it is believed to be the time when the Sun God is at his strongest. He is also the God of the Forrest and is often depicted as seated at on a green wood throne. During the time in which Christianity and Paganism were merging, images of the Sun God wearing masks made of leaves were included in the architectural features of many early churches. This God has become more commonly known to modern Pagans as The Green Man.


6 comments:

Melissa said...

What beautiful photographs. You capture the sense of the place wonderfully.

LA said...

Your yard looks so lovely...love all the blooms. The prayer flag is a nice touch and a great reminder of a very special friend.

Thistle and Rose Handweaving said...

Susan, this post really spoke to me on many levels...The garden greenery - which remind me of the many flowers that have come and gone in my past. The baby fawns - which make me very homesick for my native Michigan and our country home. The prayer flag for Conner - which makes me think of the wonderful dogs we have had in our lives. The wonderful Robin's nest - which is perfect in every way. Thank you for reminding me of all my blessings.

Sandra's Fiberworks said...

That last photo took me by surprise a bit...opposite spectrum end of the sweet blue eggs!

Theresa said...

What a handsome green man! And aw shucks, thank you. I was honored to do a prayer flag for Connor. I love that picture of him BTW, watching and wanting to taste/smell the world. Occasionally I glimpse my dogs eyes when they are looking away from me, using their own senses to see the world before them....

bspinner said...

Very pretty pictures!!!! The birds in the nest outside out bedroom window have left the nest. Your right it is a perfect circle and made so well.