This last week has been so full as it was a short-break Bank Holiday last weekend here in the UK and although I worked through half of it, I made the most of the other half as I connected back to Earth through digging in the soil. Ok well not digging, Hoeing out the weeds. I can not believe we are already here at the weekend again!..
When we go out into nature, whether that be walking or just in your own back garden or in my case in our allotments this weekend, its amazing how refreshed you feel after connecting back with Mother Earth.
Making the most of fine days to plant and knowing too just when to plant out those tender shoots which often can get caught out in those last days of frosts can be a bit of a gamble especially as the weather has thrown us some surprising turns as we’ve had some cold days and hail storms in one of our coldest springs in 30 years here in the UK.
Here is how all things in the Garden grow and you can see how Herbert is doing.
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Herbert on Duty among the cabbages
Rows of Peas each set has 3 rows and will eventually climb the wire netting. We have 3 such rows as these,
Sunflowers growing near the Raspberry Canes..
Swedes, Onions, Shallots and in the distance Beetroot then the Peas.
Early Potatoes all through the late ones in the foreground coming through ..
Bottom left are parsnips, Runner Beans climbing the poles with 2 rows of carrots between the bean poles.
The Peas are growing well, The Sweetcorn went in this week.. the spare plot at the sides are left for the Leeks.
Another view of Herbert keeping the pigeons off… Our neighbouring allotment holder said he is doing a fine job! 🙂
Our Two and a Half year old Granddaughter digging in the allotment with me.. Finding worms for the home compost bin 🙂 She found two.
Walking is also another Passion. Seeking out those silent places to walk and gather in the Peace in the environment allows us to pull in our energies and reflect upon the beauty of creation.. We see so much beauty as we look at the cloud formations, the woods, wild flowers along with the animal and insect life we encounter.
We all need time out to spend in Nature or just sit in our own space. And I am sure we can all find our Sacred Groves to gather and be closer to Nature and our own spirituality. In the past a Sacred Grove consisted of Native Trees chosen for their wisdom. Oak, Rowan, Hazel, Elder, Silver Birch, Willow plus many more. There would have been a special connection to Spirit of the place through the Earths energies..
Have you a special place you enjoy to visit as you absorb in Natures peace?
By eating plants, we are linked to the plant Kingdom, the cycle of Life. Plants like trees hold their own healing properties.. How many of us are drawn to give flowers to someone who is feeling ill.. or as a tribute as a mark of respect or to give to show our affection and love..
Flowers give their life to enrich ours, have you thought of that?..
For when we pick them, we end their life cycle.
If you have flowers that have died why not compost them as they can once again be added to the cycle of growing. Flowers give so much that we can admire them for a few short days indoors…. So please resist picking the wild flowers and let them reseed in their natural environment so more who walk by can take in their beauty.
When we work with plants we are participating with Nature, we are interacting with Mother Nature. We regain our balance as we blend and feel that Oneness within ourselves again. We must try in our Modern day world to take time out and give our thanks for Natures Larder and growing your own veggies helps give something back as we nurture seeds and see just how marvellous Nature is in her wonderful miracles of life unfolding from those tiny seeds. We not only see those plants we eat as vegetables, but those which we have long forgotten how to use as medicines, such as the wild flowers and bark… All which science today substitutes with chemicals….. Plants work in harmony with our bodies.. and those ancient tribes of long ago knew so much about natural healing with plants..
Below are some places I went this weekend this was the picture of the woods with the stone cross, along with some other favourite places of Peace I visited. Please click each photo to enlarge and read the heading.
Shillito Cross was one place I went too on Ramsley Moor Derbyshire this Weekend This Ancient Latin Stone cross is hidden in Shillito Woods was used to help guide early travellers across the moors… it could date from 1880 but the date on the cross has been weather worn..
Bluebells are late flowering in many parts this year with the coldest spring in the UK for 30 years on record.. Taken on 26th May 2013
Walking an old coach path along Ramsley Moor.
My Garden a place I often spend in quiet reflection
Woodland walk near our home
A quiet spot in Hardwick Hall grounds
Hassop Bike Trail Nr Bakewell Derbyshire
A patch of rapeseed on top of the cliff top at Flamborough Head Cliffs, planted with Corn and Wheat and Oats.. I think mainly for the birds as it is a Bird Nature Reserve.
Yellow Clover Humming with bees I was in heaven when I saw this.
A beautiful find among the long grass
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein
Enjoy your time in Nature this weekend..
Love and Blessings