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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hello August

sipping ice tea in my garden
 and watching a pair of sweet cabbage white butterflies
as they flutter about & explore my wild secret garden …
planted to be a haven for butterflies* bees * birds * squirrels* chipmunks …
{and perhaps, even a few faeries}
this time of year everything has filled in and spilled over to the walking path
but I love it like that ...
the cosmos are taller this year than ever before {gorgeousness}
and soon I will brush my hand over them and gather up seeds
& toss them all about the garden again to land where they wish...
the lambs ears always lure me to run my hand against their gentle softness
coleus are filling window boxes and clay pots
portulaca have been thriving in the heat
~hello August~
you've been a hot one so far

"she had a wild, wandering soul
but when she loved,
she loved with chaos
and that made all the difference"
~Ariana Dancu~ 
watching the bees on our daily walk through the woods
 enjoying the shade and
breeze of trees
and cooling off at the waters edge
peace and  serenity found
"We need the tonic of wildness...
at the same time
 that we are earnest to explore
 and learn all things,
we require that all things be mysterious
and unexplorable,
that land and sea
be indefinitely wild,
unsurveyed and unfathorned by us
because unfathornable.
We can never have enough of nature"
~Henry David Thoreau~

hello friends
"When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you,
a joy"
~Rumi~

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

yin ~ yang ...

~gently now~
***
in this space
filled with grace
I stand
holding your precious life
in my hands

when the time comes
branches will be waiting nearby
with new found bravery
wings you will try

in trepidation
you may pause
asking "but how?"
and I will softly whisper
"gently … now" x
~d.d~

...tis the human touch in this world that counts , the touch of your hand in mine ...
thoughts of nature and balance and connection
the yin and yang, opposites attract, interconnection, 
the feminine and masculine, treading gently  and
holding space
some beautiful glass from yesterdays beach walk...

soft warm sand between my toes *a family of sandpipers { I hadn't realized just how gorgeous they are until seeing them up close & very friendly} *the hum of waves *seagulls flying overhead* red winged blackbirds singing their beautiful song* bees & Monarchs enjoying milkweed * blue skies & warm breeze , beach glass gathering as I walked { I found some 'new to me ' colours}* pretty pieces of pottery * unusual stones & hearts galore ~ a beautiful way to start the week
I bring them home and sit
with my tea
and mindfully take each piece out of my gathering bag
and place them on my coffee table
I found lots of beautiful heart shaped stones …
they don't all come home with me
I know there are other beach combers who will be happy to find some
love from the lake :-D 
but this one … well it spoke to me
some of the lovely smaller pieces of glass I found in gorgeous shades
… stones with heart shapes inside them
& a yin yang stone
often described in terms of sunlight playing over a mountain or valley ~ I love that description x

"all things carry yin
and embrace yang.
they reach harmony
by blending with the vital breath"
~Laozi~ 
"the yin and yang
 are opposite forces.
yet, they exist together 
in the harmony
of a perfect orb"
~R.A. Wise~

Monday, July 16, 2018

new moon journaling...

when you take your journal down
from the bookcase …
with every intention to write
about your day …
the serenity of the walk along the lake
 finding beach glass and stones in the shape of a heart along the way 
as you happily add them to your gathering bag
hearing the sound of the waves
and pausing to watch and take long, deep, intentional breaths of  the fresh,  salty air
and hearing the serenade of bird song
when you close your eyes for a moment to really listen
and then looking around to see where it was coming from
and noticing it was a red winged black bird  who was watching you as he sang each beautiful note
and then …
pause before ever turning the cover over
because at that moment you have "other ideas" for the plain black cover
because your day was far too beautiful
and you are much too grateful
to write the words down in an ordinary plain covered journal :-)
Wild Moon Woman
you were not 
made to be tame
you are
 an earthquake
shaking loose
everything
that is not soul
Shake
Woman
Shake

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day

"happiness
not in another place
but this place
not for another hour
but this hour"
~Walt Whitman~

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Southampton to New York ...

On this rainy Sunday, I spent some time going through photos from April/May trip …
such an incredible time … planning a return :-D 
It truly was a train/plane/automobile/ship trip ...
returned home on the Queen Mary 2 ...
leaving Southampton ...
for New York ...
one of the {many} gorgeous walls …
so many wonderful activities/shows each day ...


deck walk 6x


what look like modern art sculptures
are actually spare propeller blades …
pool
kitchen tour

always hungry :-D
looking over the  menu ...
the food was amazing!!

when you're a book nerd 
the first stop was to check out the library!
woke at 4 a.m.  to get ready for an early disembarkation,
pulled back the curtains and saw this …
Brooklyn Bridge
and then...
The Statue of Liberty
on a rainy, foggy May morning …
flight home from New York ...
and the best "Welcome Home"
from Archer xo 

Friday, June 15, 2018

painted stones from sparrow studio

beach combing * mindful * serene, meditative walks along the lake * 
stones found washed up along the shore ~ warm from the sun * 
a few brought home and placed on my art table ~ seeing images in the shape ...
each one unique with it's own variation ...
*feathers* birds * nests and eggs *fawn * fox *
a little nest to hold precious eggs
or a resting fawn
I have ...
collected each stone along lake Ontario
hand painted with acrylic paints &  deep gratitude and joy
protected with a coat of clear matte acrylic varnish
signed on the back
Will be posted {tracked} in a lovely chipboard box and nest of shredded paper ... with a little 'something extra' surprise added ...
$25.00 and up depending on size and detail 
***
soothing to hold for meditation
place on your altar
nestled in a dish
to use as a paperweight on your desk 

lake walk treasures 
Coming soon to my Etsy shop ...
busy weekend ahead 
filled with family  gatherings 
& meeting up with a friend from England I haven't seen for 14 years!!
Have a wonderful weekend
d x

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

new moon energy


*It's breathwork time*

It's breathwork time
eyes closed to clear the space
to quiet the mind
and heart's pace

Woodland wanderer
here you are home
amongst the trees, wild hares, birds
and kindreds who feel the urge to roam

Breathing in the new
letting out the old
clearing all the mental clutter
and tension that you hold

Sit as long as you need
to nourish your soul
setting intentions
for new dreams to unfold
~deb dunn~

It's breathwork time
a new painting 
new moon
new energy
new beginnings
~ a new cycle~ 
filled with all the things I love
trees * feathered friend * hares * flowers * nest and eggs * woodland *hOMe

**New Moon Energy ~ representing the end of one cycle and beginning of another**

I believe everything holds Energy ... Painting for me is such pure joy and sitting with paper in front of me, my brushes, simple jar of water, (often moon charged), imagination and pure, gentle intent.

Love, positivity, gratitude, faith, serenity ... I place these intentions with each brush stroke.

Often, as  I am painting, the story unfolds ~ sometimes it is just a few lines, other times, a chapter, and then there are those times where I feel I could write a book to go with the image ~ once again ... Energy.
The words find themselves lightly penciled on the paper ...
a dance of words and paint xo

 ~new moon blessings~
d x