Environment


The Year Around

I try to engage with every transition. Sunrise, Sunset, the Moon, the Stars, The earth: the above and the below ground. But I am here on the ground observing. Sometimes time flies by but usually I have that little bit of awareness to slow it down and notice – notice the sky, the winter cattails, and that silver falcon I can’t seem to name. To notice the trees with their sliver slicing against the sky in all apparent states. And there are so many of them, different- but all together, providing so many different things and taking what they need and giving when they can. This is how I thrive in the crunch times, the whorling effect of all the things going on around, The effects of the common upon my triggers and the negative self talk I raised myself on. This is what I aim to do, Day in and day out, night in and night out, being present The Year Around. Asking for guidance and sharing, This week saw a transitioning season that brings a run of abundance. You need to be there physically to participate by emptying the buckets of sweet sap and plucking the full buds of sticky aromatic resin in the cold before their metamorphic change into leaves. I can only strive to be as transformational as this.

I offer aromatherapy and botanical infusions to others in hopes that they help anyone through the day, stay on track, rest, remain positive and hopeful, and thrive in joy. Aroma is an amazing transformation in itself, both as it arrives from the plant and as it enters your body and affects the 1 trillion scent receptors located all over and in the body. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20130710-how-our-organs-sniff-out-smells

I try to share with you the nature that has been shared with me and hope that you can use it to ease discomfort, lighten the load, and heighten the experience of joy. Many of us, for various reasons, experience a constantly overstimulated nervous system and soothing the receptors through Aroma and the senses, we can find our own paths through the forest.

Balsam Poplar
Balsam Poplar buds at dusk
Balsam Poplar Buds at dusk 3/2020
Balsam Poplar Buds at dusk 3/2020
Balsam Poplar and St. Johnswort Oil
Balsam Poplar and St. Johnswort Oils
Clary Sage overwintering
Clary Sage overwintering in the double greenhouse
Rose Geraniums, Passionflower, Clary Sage
Rose Geraniums, Passionflower, Thyme, and Clary Sage overwintering in the pump house at 6-8 degrees Celsius.
Maple bucket at sunset
Maple bucket at sunset

Balsam Poplar

Balsam Poplar buds

Sticky and aromatic Balsam Poplar buds

Young Balsam Poplars

I have been looking for this tree, Populus balsamifera. I wanted to get to know it and make an oil with some of its buds, a traditional medicine. Today I found a small stand and have permission to harvest.  The trees are a bit invasive where they are and so need to be managed and smaller ones removed so we can work together, a best case scenario! So grateful.


Rhythms of Life

In the weeks leading up to the Solstice I had a huge flurry of work to prepare for the upcoming markets. Each day I was aware of less and less light and more and more pressure [mostly that I put on myself] but still trying to breathe deeply and pace, enjoying all the sunrises and sunsets, birds, two foxes, deer, and my family at home. As soon as it was all over we took a vacation over the new year to Peaks Island, Maine, to be with the rest of my family. There I was enveloped in a boost of loving arms around me and the Rhythms of Sunrise and Sunset and Tides. Having all this together was a bit of healing for me and a lot of inspiration. Here’s a series of sunrise and sunset photos that we took on the island.

Sunrise on Peaks Island, ME
Sunrise 1 on Peaks Island, ME
Sunset
Sunset
sunrise
Sunrise
sunset
Sunset
goodbye sunrise
Goodbye sunrise
sunset selfie
Sunset selfie

Stay tuned for more of my Holiday and Gift sets to be put up on the Webshop for sale {we have been having some technical difficulties}. Please contact me via email if you have any questions about ordering something you see or saw at one of the markets.