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I have been away: from home, from work, from all recently familiar anchors, for a week in West Dorset, then Wiltshire and Somerset. I would like to write about it, but it seems I cannot find many words. This week’s post is very simple, and I hope you will not mind the complete lack of commentary upon experience. Last night saw a huge electrical storm here and an abrupt change of season, welcome and fresh. I defer to the new easterlies and spots of rain. So, I offer these images on your glowing screens, made possible by the passage of electrons, in lieu of what we would talk about if you were here with me at my desk, drinking tea and looking out towards the Solent, this morning.
I will return with words very soon, and an invitation to help me create a rather special earth pilgrimage. Deep blessings of the green, the hazels and the rising waters to you.
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I hope these photos give you a glimpse of the west country I have been moving trough this week. If you are headed this way, let me know, so I can recommend places to explore. 1
This week’s good thing: I have been making another pack-basket with Amanda Rayner of Wyld Wood Willow. Over the years it appears I have now made six baskets, two each of three kinds, with her and each time I learn so much. You can order kits and take online lessons from her website at the link as well as seeing her at festivals and events in the UK. There is much for people abroad to enjoy on her site too, even if you cannot order willow kits for postage outside Europe. If your hands have never attempted to wrangle willow, I heartily recommend it for a humbling, grounding experience.