The Year of the Toothache

2013 began with a toothache. A terrible, pounding toothache. A toothache that kept me awake all night. I was travelling to India in a few weeks and had to find a quick solution to the pain. I gargled with whisky and ate cloves. But the pain wouldn’t go away. My wisdom tooth wanted out.  Thankfully,Continue reading “The Year of the Toothache”

Capturing Stillness

All that is personal soon rots; it must be packed in ice or salt. -Yeats The trees are bending over with the weight of ice, cracking and tumbling into fences. Colour is preserved and encased in crystal that will melt in the light of the sun. But for now, capture this brief moment in time-Continue reading “Capturing Stillness”

Meditation on Winter

  “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson What happens when the last leaf falls from a tree? Branches are crusted in ice and the fine dust of snow. Winter is upon us, and while I loathe the biting wind, the layers of clothes and wet boots,  I’m alsoContinue reading “Meditation on Winter”

The Green Man

“Our remote ancestors said to their Mother Earth, ‘We are yours.’ Modern humanity has said to Nature, ‘You are mine.’  The Green Man has returned to the living face of the whole earth so that through his mouth we may say to the Universe, ‘We are one.’” – Terri Windling, The Green Man: Tales ofContinue reading “The Green Man”

Colour and Light: Leaves as Inspiration

The wind picked up and I could feel the chill in the air. I knew the rain would be coming down any minute, but this leaf of leaves had to be completed. Nothing else existed in that moment except my search for colour & light. * A circle doesn’t have to be perfect to beContinue reading “Colour and Light: Leaves as Inspiration”

What Nature Unravels…

Over the last couple of months, I have been creating pieces in nature quite intuitively- without much thought to aesthetic or concept. It’s just been a process of seeing ‘gems’ as I walk to the office or stroll in the garden. Perhaps it’s a way of reconnecting with my muse- a way that doesn’t involveContinue reading “What Nature Unravels…”

Winged Hearts

When I was a little girl, I used to sit in the playground and collect gravel pebbles, twigs and wingnuts. There was something so alluring about collecting objects from nature- things that people wouldn’t even look at twice.  But for me, finding a sparkling pink pebble was like discovering gold.  I kept my pebbles inContinue reading “Winged Hearts”

Kenya Diaries: Kerio View

The ravens with giant wing spans, the scent of pink honeysuckle (or what looks like honeysuckle), the line of ants curving up the pathway, the moss-speckled stones, a leaf with the word ‘sufi’ scratched into it. Sometimes signs are not glaringly obvious, but incredibly simple. The higher the altitude, the more precious the air is.Continue reading “Kenya Diaries: Kerio View”

Kenya Diaries: Impermanence

Yesterday we went to visit my grandfather’s grave. We had to convince fruit & veggie sellers to move their carts aside so we could gain access to the cemetery’s gate. Once inside, we couldn’t locate our grandfather’s grave- large dead leaves and weeds covered most of the graves, including his. His tombstone was caked inContinue reading “Kenya Diaries: Impermanence”

The Poetry of Nature

It’s funny how mosquitos, a cobwebbed cabin ceiling, heavy rain and soaked shoes can remind me of what I really love to do. Working with youth in nature was an incredibly grounding experience for me. Observing, listening, collecting and documenting. These are things we take for granted. When we’re surrounded by tall, leafy trees, it’sContinue reading “The Poetry of Nature”