A little snow

Holy CrowSo far, this winter has been pretty quiet.

No snowstorms, no below zero days or nights…as a matter of fact before a squall the other day covered the lawn there was still a lot of green in it.  A big difference over last winter  and I for one am not complaining.  But that might change this weekend.

We are not supposed to have as much snow as the coastal areas – at least at this time looking forward.  On the Facebook pages about the weather people either are clamoring for a good snowstorm or they are perfectly happy to not be shoveling.  But I do hear the beginning grumblings of people looking forward to Spring.  I’m just happy that I am not yet looking out the window through the huge icicles that formed, turning the house into an ice prison of sorts.

No matter what winter does, it is a good time for me to do some reading, clean up some digital files, and generally slow down for a little while after the hectic Holiday season. Perhaps even get my butt in gear and make more entries on the page.

And that’s not such a bad thing 🙂

My own retreat!

P1240866-1Most of the retreats I am away on are “working retreats” so every now and then it’s nice to just take a little time away to renew, and to get ideas for the upcoming presentations.  Since they are all nature based, what better than a small cabin/ hermitage where you can take advantage of the quiet?  I did just that last week, spending a couple of days at MY “go to” place for retreat…Still Point.

The photo above is the cabin I stayed in (there are 4…and one is a double cabin.) The weather was perfect…a little rain, a little wind (well, a lot of wind one day) and a little sunshine.P1240851-1  There is a Nature Trail, a pond and woods around the cabin  A perfect place when you crave quiet.  Normally, I will fix my own meals and bring books to read.  There are also programs that you can attend if that is what you like to do.  Not every day, but a few offerings throughout each month.

Mostly, though, I love o absorb the beauty around me…to listen to the birds and crickets at this time of year, to watch the squirrels and chipmunks running around the cabin…it’s a great place to renew and come back refreshed.  A few more photos below, and you can also check out the link at the top of this page.

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The First of July

come sitI can’t believe it is July already!

As you can see, things are really green around these parts.  The rains we had in June (and it is raining off and on today) have helped the deficit we DID have.  After the snow this past winter it seemed we would be abundant but dry months from March through May dropped levels significantly.  But things are lush and green now, for the time being.

Summer is fully upon us, even though the air has been cooler the last few days. junegarden Gardens are flourishing and somehow, even when the skies are dull it is still beautiful out there.  The birds are most likely raising their last broods and soon the outdoor sounds change from new life to quiet fullness.  I’ve been able to get out for photos and opportunities abound.  There are still things indoors that could be done but I think I will put them off a while longer as I soak in this fullness.

How about you?

Back to real life

8Since my last post, I did get out for a couple of wonderful days at Still Point.

In this photo, I was standing at the door of one of the cabins (not the one I stayed in) and took a picture of the other ones.  It was raining and/or very overcast most of the time which made for a wonderfully restful stay, and some dreamy lighting.  I enjoyed listening to the birds – especially very early morning and at dusk.  In the evening, I could hear a couple of peepers as well.

John Muir wrote “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”  This is where I do both.  The cabins are small, perfect for hermit time.  I listen to my internal clock rather than look at an actual clock and even in that short time, benefit from tapping into the natural cycle of nature.

In a couple of days I hope to update my Still Point page here…with newest photos from this retreat.  Have yourself a day filled with wonder!