Snapshot #2

  

  
Snapshot #2

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celebrating the first week of advent (2013)

And so.. There I found this writing from years gone by and though a little incomplete I will just hit POST right now and share with you.
And so… Advent begins and great transformation takes place within and without…

Jesse has encouraged me to share some of my stories of this time.

I will focus on the first week of Advent and share some of the rituals and traditions we have collected over the years and are making afresh.

i have gathered inspiration from so many places and enjoy creating my own ideas. i want to create a flow of events to celebrate this coming season, bringing more depth and richness to the anticipation of Christmas and the summer festivals. it’s all evolving, it’s abit mixed up but i trully love it and enjoy what we are creating as a family and community. The hope and positive reminders for my inner journey are wonderfully reflected in these adornments and activities.

last weekend {1st Advent} we began folding stars from kite paper to adorn our windows. some good tutorials here on my pinterest page. This along with unpacking the candle windmill and making advent biscuits began our Advent period.

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on the table sits our candle windmill. My German parents sent this over a few years ago and it’s appearance awakens the Christmas season in the household. The heat from the candles makes the windmill turn and the angels below circle the tree. we admire the carefully shaved wood curls spinning and the light glinting from the angels cheeks. Each Advent sunday we add objects connected with the four kingdoms. Reflecting the earths preparations for the Christ arrival, or the process of evolution, or the blossoming of the earth into mid summer  and so on. finding my own depth of meaning which i can trully celebrate inwardly has been my goal these last few Christmas/Solstice seasons, that each activity i unfold has authenticity for me in some way.

 

Treasures which may appear through Advent

1st Mineral kingdom; crystals, shells, bones, stones

2nd Plant Kingdom, leaves, flowers, lichen and moss

3rd Animal Kingdom; feathers, wool, felted animals, miniature animals

4th Humankind; little wooden dolls, something made by our hands, perhaps Mary Joseph and their donkey who are travelling through the house throughout advent will come by the table at this time, nearly at the stable.
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t the closing of each advent week, the treasures from the table will move to the nativity scene and build up the picture over there, while the table is devoted to the coming kingdom.

 

then we created an advent wreath to hold four candles which we will light one more each advent sunday. I recite this commonly found poem from an unknown author

or i have taken this song into my heart which a friend recently shared with me. it is delightful to have joyful seasonal songs to sing which dont fall under cheesy carol category!

, we rolled our own beeswax candles this year for the wreath and the windmill. the wax was gifted to us from a bee keeper. they where dirty and a little tattered but brushed up well and smelt divine with honey

IMG_0025 IMG_0027 the wreath frame was from some garden vine, wisteria i think. i twisted four wire spikes onto the frame. really twist the wire tightly against the wreath so your candles don’t wobble. wrap your wreath with greenery and stick your candles on firmly. i would use thicker wire next time it’s proving to be wobbly. i hear if you coat your wick in wax before rolling you will get a better burn…IMG_0028
IMG_0030 IMG_0032cedar liked snipping up the scrap pieces of wax sheet.IMG_0034 we harvested the evergreen fronds from the old section of the Bellingen market site. i have been eyeing of this particular tree for months in anticipation…IMG_0036 IMG_0037 IMG_0043 Lily was telling me “in the olden days a young child would wear the wreath like this mama”
IMG_0046 our advent table has an indigo silk as the backdrop. each night we put gold stars upon it. Lily hung up her two felt angels to watch over the scene. Cedar rolled the central little candle. we will light it on Christmas day; with the four larger advent candles being lit over the coming weeks.
IMG_0054the beauty of hydrangea and wattle blossoms. I can smell this Wattle tree from 50 paces away in the warm wind and it sends my heart into longing for my childhood places in Western Australia…
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he stable is made from bark and the manger is from a didgeridoo off cut filled with moss. awaiting the growing scene over December and the arrival of baby Jesus.
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 I have stuck the advent calenders onto the cupboard below. Lily has a beautifully illustrated scene from her German Oma a few years ago to reuse. Lily made Cedar a calendar this year with little illustrations or messages behind each door.
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IMG_0067 i don’t recall ever having a front door wreath before, but Lily made this one and well, i have to admit it looks totally festive on that red door with our door bell hanging so centrally just by luck! IMG_0068 the stones i painted last Sunday on mineral kingdom advent. we ventured out to The Promised Land and sat by the Never Never river inbetween downpours and painted and picnicked. Cedar initiated a little fire action so we burnt sticks until the rain returned and we ran for the car. my stones slightly smudged. water color paints where the gift of the day made from mineral colours. {once upon a time..}

simply advent

  



Advent unfolding

Slowly simply 

Plant colours dried and dyed

Gold and silver, mint and rust

Dusty green and watered silk

Scented with eaucalypt 

Light a candle under the wreath

Light a candle in my dark night

Pray for grace

Play for space

Gently unfurl

What is genuine in this moment

Admire and melt into summer colours and 

Breath of wind and starlight kisses

Unadorned and humble 

Feet on the ground

Candlelight in the window

Calls me into myself

Xx

Blessings

Roselinde

 

Mary’s little Donkey

  
I have been reading Mary’s Little Donkey again this advent to the children. I am living into the characters and their gifts in a new way this time around. It’s very beautiful to have a deeper experience while reading a children’s story.

Today Cedar was adamant we made some window pictures (I had planned tomorrow) however, this very quiet space together, without Lily or Jesse here blossomed into beautiful creating and connecting, and this little donkey transparency was born from my hands. Cedar worked alongside me on his own window picture and proclaimed it finished until he saw mine had a ‘main character’ and then he needed a main character also. His hare  will be wonderful for Easter next year too! 

  
I just LOVE it when I make something I really love.

Xx

Roselinde 

PS materials

Black card

Tissue paper

Scissors

Stanley knife to cut out the window neatly

Glue stick

Patience

Fiddly fingers, the larger you cut the window the easier it is to manage

Tip# 1

Have a layer of white or softest cream tissue paper as your frontest layer and glue your picture layers onto the inside of this. Then a fix the whole lot as one piece into your card.

Natural Dyeing of Eggs

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Friends in town invited us for a natural egg dyeing date today. It was a new method to me and the results are beautiful! In years past we have water colour painted, drawn upon, dyed in stockings with onion skin and parsley, wax crayoned and dyed and more. something in the natural plant and berry dyes pleased me so much today. the shades are unpredictable and all the colors are well, edible.  it brings to mind my natural dyeing of silk joy which has been put aside for many months. i keep opening the carton to caress these wonders. thankyou hens.

it was a pleasure to share one of our/their Easter rituals as often I hold festivals for my family alone. we spoke about festival traditions in the family and I realised with the weekend approaching fast i am ill prepared! {apart from having lots of eggs}. I look forward once again to seeing what authentically comes for the festival this year. it’s an interesting time to marry Easter to Autumn and i have found a few stories and inner images which sit peacefully for me. our Autumn table evolves slowly and soon the Egg tree will appear.

this book Easter in Autumn is helpful for southern hemisphere dwellers. i am seeing how contributions can become tradition in a few short years and the grounding this gives my children and myself. if you want to bring more depth or tradition to festivals, i recommend beginning simply, or adding just one or two things you can easily uphold and add to over the years.  i enjoy Lily’s anticipation of events, Cedars current enjoyment, worry expectations {my own mostly} may not be met, {can i really make sourdough hot cross buns this year?} witness her recounting past festival highlights to others and propel myself to find my Zopf recipe!

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Natural Egg Dyeing/Eco printing method

Using just herbs, ferns, flowers and weeds from the garden; press the leaves and petals over the egg (white shells for best color results, this year i found them in the library, raised by the High School kids garden chooks) and carefully wrap with sewing thread. this is tricky with a T at first. so be patient and help the little ones. leave a tail of thread hanging at the beginning so you can use it to tie up at the end. the more you wrap and press the leaves onto the egg the better your chance of a print. leave the north and south pole of the egg bare so you can blow your egg out afterwards. {thankyou for your wise counsel today E}

carefully blow your eggs and then pop into boiling water/dye bath for up to 10 minutes. for the dye bath use any plant/food matter which has a great colour content such as berries, onion skins, coffee, tumeric, red cabbage, etc only 500 mls or so is needed to do batches of 4 eggs.

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a brew of red hibiscus flowers in water dyed the shells a subtle blue, the pot of mixed squished up berries had more success with mauve to rich purple. keep turning the shells in the boiling dye brew to get an even colour as they will float on top of the liquid. remove and once cooled remove the thread and plant matter with a thread cutter, unpicker, seam ripper??. (technical name eludes me right now) useful sewing tool. everyone needs one!

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so for our Easter tree we have these beauties. we will break up matches and tie string on them to slip inside the eggs tomorrow.

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after all that fine work the children gallop exuberantly around the field. picking up ticks no doubt….

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a natural dye note to myself for next year.

marigiold petals dyed a wonderful gold.

waxy ferns made a resist to the dye

basil made a resist

chocolate mint left a lovely green

hibiscus left blue

parsley left green

and there where many surprises.

try a tumeric bath

*let each child have a different colored thread so you can easily identify them and wrap wrap wrap them very well.

*have a dog handy to lap up any dropped eggs

*make a potato and goats cheese frittata with the eggs….

*if you only use edible plants you could hard boil the eggs to eat them. though who gets hungry at a blue egg….

i have this post on my Easter and blowing eggs from last year.

 

so, what are your Easter traditions?

have you natural dyed eggs or anything before?

x

ps is it as odd for you as it is for me to be here writing and sharing once more? many reasons behind my blog holiday and i have written eggsplicitly about it all. it just isn’t where im at today. call it writers block.

Mid winter Festival

bewarned

the below content is seriously out of date

but i uncovered these words today and i felt a connection still alive for me

and so i share with you belatedly

xx

Traversing the long dark nights of mid winter
I turn to gratitude and reflection in moments
While a light is also shone inwards at my anxiety and trepidation s of adventures ahead
The inner reveal is both joyous and cantankerous and truly everything betwixt

Last night we joined the Winter Festival at Lily’s school

(my first Chrysalis school festival the only other was joining Candlenut school last year, this is a trully beautiful post btw i am vewy pwoud of my sentiments from last year)

Each class created age appropriately complex lanterns of immense diversity and beauty

After the school community sang fire into the bonfire under the rising moon
We joined the children with their lanterns as they brightly snaked singing up the hill through the campus

to chatter with cups of soup and then be enthralled with storytelling and the spiral walk of the children.

each one taking their journey to the centre to light a flame and add their own candle to the brightening room

simple~ beautiful ~ enchanting ~ singing ~ darkening ~ centering

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Class 8 lanterns! stunning!

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I have previously made this style of lantern they glow so beautifully with stars
see here for how to

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the older classes walked this shining labyrinth while the younger classes where indoors walking a spiral or branches to an alter in the centre

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Lily’s lantern featured a tree dropping it’s colored leaves for the winter


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yet my own personal connection to the festival this winter came later in a simple moment of lantern lighting and singing our own composition and bringing the glow through the garden and up to our friends smiles

our own song we composed when Lily was three in Fremantle, we put candles in jars and sang around the block with a friend, passing by our neighbours doorsteps with warmth in our hearts and the simplicity of our own festival.

~

we bring the light in the dark night

we sing the songs in the morning

~

blessings friends

Our Easter in Autumn Story

IMG_0703 on Easter eve we are visiting friends on the journey north from Sydney. The children go out in the sunset pink to cut grass to line the easter basket and to feed the Easter hare
IMG_0710 while they cut I retell an Easter story about the journey of the Easter hare and the purpose of the eggs as i have adopted it from this great book. Easter in Autumn. i deeply enjoy storytelling without a book in front of me as i took the time to learn the story and make it my own. They are both captivated and i feel peaceful with this serene wash of calm coming over me as i bask in the moment and the beauty of the simple now-ness and connection we are sharing. i am inspired to learn more stories to tell.
IMG_0713this basket was woven in Arnhem land, jesse gifted it to Lily on return of his trip there last year. {i got a lady version for my birthday}IMG_0714the light is soft and pastelly and embracing and look below, it hints to the sky of the dawn…IMG_0723Lily and I have made a date to silently watch the sunrise on Easter morn.

we are camped by a river and the light bounces from the water in a myriad of pastel delicacies..IMG_0725Pelicans join us and we are gifted this close observation of a much loved birdIMG_0730 IMG_0747Lily points out the Pelican has made a heart with it’s own reflectionIMG_0748 i resolve to make more dates with Lily, the peace of simply being together touches us both deeply. It is grounding and loving and sets us up for a rich connection through the day.
IMG_0749 IMG_0758 finally a golden peep through the clouds melts the dew from waxy leaves

a new day

a new beginningIMG_0759 as we walk back we pick golden sunny flowers to decorate the bus and the easter baskets, glistening with dew

Cedar and Jesse are awake and after the children exclaim over the gifts from the Easter hare in their baskets, they go outside with a poem of clues to find the Easter treasures
IMG_0775 oh whats under here??

skip to a quick ant bite interlude….

then the treasure hunt is back on….
IMG_0779 IMG_0786looking looking looking, Lily can see the silver paper on the tyre and is encouraging Cedar to find it and giggling about his looking but not seeing… i remember Lily at this age needing very obvious eye level treasures to find… IMG_0787 I found it!!
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i am wondrous to see Lily turn the seeking into a game for Cedar in which she is showing and helping him in a thoughtful way, instead of rushing around claiming all the treasure. it reveals the change out of early childhood i am seeing into a less selfconcerned world view. beautiful.IMG_0798the treasure is in and unwrapped and eaten.

after struggling in the night with my staunch anti chocolate stance, i realise the experience of my uptight stress is less beautiful than the joy the children will have when unwrapping 2 squares of organic chocolate before breakfast!

and it was fine, and they were so happy, and they did not have sugar meltdowns!

it’s good to let go a little now and then. but yes i am pretty strict about sweets in our own home and prefer to savour these type of treats for specials.

later in the day we prepare eggs to decorate and enjoy an omelette for lunch

you may know how already but here

  the simple steps to blow eggs ready for decoration and hanging
IMG_0803use a large pin to pierce one end of an egg, i use a series of punctures in close proximity to open a 2mm hole, repeat on the opposite end and remember to have a bowl ready to catch your egg insides {make an omelette or cake…}IMG_0805apply your lips and lungs to the task of blowing a stream of egg insides to the outside. rinse by submersing in water and blowing out once more. towel dry and there they are, light and ready to decorate. we often use water colour pencils or paints, or dye with onion skin…IMG_0808in the weeks coming up to Easter i scout around town for white shelled eggs.. {In Bellingen they are sold at the Providore from a local farmer….} this year we had little choice as we travelled…IMG_0809the easter bounty which the children are happy happy happy withIMG_0814during our afternoon drive i watch Lily singing out the window like a puppy with her face in the wind…

i imagine her reflecting on the day and she is singing her happiness to the world…

some sweet sweet moments in our day

blessings and happy new beginning to us all…

Womad 2013

Better late than never!

glimpses of Womadelaide

wowee what a massive fantastic diverse inspirational festival!

i first attended 5 months pregnant with Lily way back when and was blown away with my first exposure to the music of the world and of such high calibre!

this year was a little different with two children and remarkable heat and the popularity of the festival meant huge crowds!

it looks great in photos, but i confess to seriously questioning my/our sanity in the midst of it all…

i only shot from my iPhone so that reflects my energy levels which couldn’t manage lugging camera gear {also the need to stay wet for temperature control…}20130404-091513.jpg

Lily gets wrapped up in Tangle! an excellent elastic jungle in the kids space. As each child entered the arena they are given a ball of elastic to tangle with while the band plays!20130404-091622.jpg

it’s over 40’c but Jesse is energized and playful as ever! rocking out to

Bassekou Kouyate &Ngoni ba

African camel riding rhythms and soaring desert voices from Mali20130404-091557.jpg

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Cedar watches alot of tangle unfurling then enters into the fringes of the fray…20130404-091836.jpg

Mari Boine, Saami shaman soul shaking tear making trance dancing vocal goddess. They have travelled from Norway {-30’c} and are pretty wiped out but humorous about the heat!20130404-091915.jpg

Blank Page was the only performance art I caught, we were all captivated by the skill and energy in this dynamic performance. 6 artists create the images to narration, at completion the audience is wild with applause and then the images are torn off to shock and the next piece begins! an awesome commentary on the history of art and story telling.20130404-091852.jpg

oh that clear blue Adelaide sky! sharp blue in the heat. Beloved puffs of breeze stir the silken flags above my weary eyes…20130404-091417.jpg

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hallelujah for the sprinklers, keeping down the dust and keeping up the smiles and energy!

IMG_1401one food stall offers mustache’s with every meal! we are thoroughly entertained!IMG_1412IMG_1413we are all impressed with the amount of cycling as transport  to the festival and in Adelaide in general.
IMG_1411mm orange almond meal birthday cake for Jesse. this was the most spectacular gift I had for Jesse this year!IMG_1407
IMG_1416another tent of activity Box Wars, saw all manner of things crafted from cardboard boxes. The most popular item today is fans!IMG_1417Good friend Mitchell Brown a rising star in the folk music scene
IMG_1418Lily participates in a Balinese soap carving workshop, the beginnings of a stone carvers training. she is the last child to leave the space and has impressed the balinese artist with her fine skills and deep persistance and concentration.IMG_1419in the kids festival is a set up by the SA museum which includes these familiar geometric mosaic tiles! a happy reunion for Cedar as ours have been in storage for a year now. he also impresses us with his concentration and pattern making.IMG_1420this plywood truck is popular with Cedars age group and the sides are an inspirational vertical garden with fresh herbs and strawberries.

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Womadelaide words
Hot dusty survival til nightfall
Surrender agenda for children’s happiness
Oh so grateful for shade and sprinklers and coconuts
Children’s festival very fun
both ages happy with different play
Inspirational music and incredible talent abounding
Rolling camel riding desert rhythms and harmonies
Nordic shaman wailing trance dance tears
Humorous bluegrass
Gypsy orchestra
And everything in between
Letting go of the program
Keeping cool (temper)
Keeping presence
Keeping connected
Grandparents gift and meeting
late late nights for Jesse while I leave for A house to sleep by and have sleepy watery mornings on green grass
Thank you friends
Monday was my favorite day more mellow less crowds
Jesses birthday in there somewhere
Orange almond meal bliss cake made in the morning with Lily
Squares of dark choc melt over if in the 40′ c heat
Neighbours from bellingen appear at just the right time to join in
Jesse’s parents swing dance over to the cake
Laughter and tears
All so hot and fragile and tired
And after it all Jesse flies to
NZ and I go for recovery with my dear friends Loren Kate (divine singer and beautiful mumsy) and Xavier of the brilliant and Amazing Drumming monkeys
A fun house full of performers
Including the Chipolatas
Ahhh a fun few weeks in Adelaide