Celebrating Summer Solstice
As the name Midsummer indicates, Summer Solstice is the height of the summer. The sun is in its glory, yet about to make its descent...
Nocino (Walnut Liqueur) and Honeyed Walnuts
Walnuts have magical properties at Midsummer in Italy and are used to make a special liqueur called Nocino.
Making Midsummer Wreaths
The floral wreaths of Midsummer are tossed into the Solstice bonfire in celebrations...
WAVERLY'S BLOGA Poem for St David’s Day
Since March 1st is the feast day of St. David, the patron saint of Wales, I thought I would share a Welsh poem with you. And since March 1 is famously the start of a windy month (March either comes in like a lamb (as it is in Seattle this year) or like a lion, reversing its nature at the end of the month), I wanted to share a poem (see the YouTube video below) about the Wind by Dafydd ap Gwilym (who is named after the saint as Dafydd is the Welsh... [Read more]
SIGNS OF THE SEASONWordless Wednesday: Rainy Tuesday, Sunny Wednesday
Nature in PlaceWet January
Photo by John Brew by Kelly Fine January is the middle of the long wet season here in Seattle. It’s mid-January and I’m sitting beside a fast-flowing stream, a piece of vinyl between me and the wet sponge of the forest floor. I’ve come to my favorite neighborhood park – a remnant of second-growth forest – to see what drizzle, rain, and fog have made of the woods. I visit these woods often enough to know that the leaf litter surrounding... [Read more]
SeasonsA Seasonal Pilgrimage
This idea for attuning with a season comes from William Whittmann, a Seattle therapist, who sponsored pilgrimages on the equinoxes and solstices to sacred sites in the city. He chose to align himself with the solar markers of the seasons, those days when the season shifts (or reaches its peak): the equinoxes and the solstices. During the six weeks before the pilgrimage date, he meditated on the season and its metaphors (such as the element (earth... [Read more]