Seasonal Wreaths

By Fiona Doubleday Wreaths are my complete and utter passion. For me, they are a homage to the changing seasons and a ‘must have’ for every home. They help to keep us grounded in the season and connected to all that it has to offer. Traditionally a wreath is a mark of celebration and welcome and are hung on doors especially at Christmas. The first thing to consider is the base. I am not a polystyrene foam sort of person so, for me, the base must come from our natural environment. Willow is always my first choice because the making of the base is creative in itself. Growing willow is incredibly easy and this tree thrives on being coppiced... (more...)

WAVERLY'S BLOG

Thanksgiving as Harvest Feast

Most Americans know the semi-mythological story of the first Thanksgiving, how the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony after a successful harvest in 1621 shared a meal with members of the Patuxet People of the Wampanoag tribe who had helped them plant their crops. But what we may not realize is that they were both acting out long-standing cultural traditions. The harvest festival, although it is celebrated at different times of the year and with different... [Read more]

Holidays

Thanksgiving as Harvest Feast

Most Americans know the semi-mythological story of the first Thanksgiving, how the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony after a successful harvest in 1621 shared a meal with members of the Patuxet People of the Wampanoag tribe who had helped them plant their crops. But what we may not realize is that they were both acting out long-standing cultural traditions. The harvest festival, although it is celebrated at different times of the year and with different foodstuffs, is something found in every culture around the world. The English settlers probably brought... [Read more]

Nature in Place

Slow Flowers

Dahlias by Debra Prinzig I’m a big fan of Debra Prinzig. Naturally. Since she wrote a book called Slow Flowers (it was originally titled A Year in Flowers which worried me a little since that’s the working title for the book I’m writing about connecting with nature in my city neighborhood). Debra is a garden writer who became alerted to the issues inherent in purchasing flowers after reading Amy Stewart’s Flower Confidential, which... [Read more]

Seasons

A 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]

CRAFTS

Seasonal Wreaths

By Fiona Doubleday Wreaths are my complete and utter passion. For me, they are a homage to the changing seasons and a ‘must have’ for every home. They help to keep us grounded in the season and connected to all that it has to offer. Traditionally a wreath is a mark of celebration and welcome and are hung on doors especially at Christmas. The first thing to consider is the base. I am not a polystyrene foam sort of person so, for me, the base must come from our natural environment. Willow is always my first choice because the making of... [Read more]