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Winter Solstice, June 2013
~ Summer Solstice in Northern Hemisphere ~

Fruits of the Australian winter

Some of the fruits which here in Adelaide can be harvested early in Winter, before the main citrus crops start to ripen.

"The Earth is capable of replenishing herself and supplying every living thing with a home and sustenance"
Sarah King


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It's nearly 2 years since I last created a Seasons page, and there are many reasons for this.
I find that my ability to select a thought or theme from the myriad constantly engaging and concerning me,
and to express it coherently in writing, is diminishing.
Also the garden has needed ongoing major work and a great deal more attention than formerly,
at a time when my body is inevitably ageing, in spite of a healthy diet and a usually very active lifestyle.
(Though I had to take things easy for several months recently due to a fractured pelvis following a fall)
And pruning when you are blind in one eye is, to say the least, interesting - try it sometime, just for fun!
Those of you who took my Virtual Tour, in 2011 and 2012 will have some idea of the problems which have arisen
because of major changes in my immediate neighbourhood.
Building, tree removal, new neighbours, removal vans maneouvering in lanes which are far too narrow for them, have all brought about many changes.
Consequently the place is no longer a thriving and productive Permaculture garden,
but a wildlife park, from which I am grateful to harvest what I can.
(Although I was able to trade 8 buckets of peaches on LETS this year, whereas last year the possums ate all the blossom before it could set!)
Thank goodness for our local One Planet Market, and our wonderful Central Market, at both of which I can get local produce, often organically grown.
And while I was laid up, I wasn't idle. Here are pictures of three of the bedspreads and rugs I crocheted - altogether I've made 5 since May last year.
Rose Bedspread (King size!)~~~Rock Garden rug (unfinished)~~~~My new bedspread
You might say I'm hooked!
Tutty Rug

So, instead of anything deep and meaningful, here are links to some of my previous Winter Solstice pages. I wish now I'd kept them all.

June Solstice 2000
June Solstice 2002
June Solstice 2004
June Solstice 2010
June Solstice 2011


By using your backspace key to return here, you've saved me an awful lot of work - thankyou!


Moon phases

Why observe and celebrate the interactions of the Earth, Moon, and Sun?

The Festivals, Feasts, and Fasts of most human belief systems originated in our observations of this Cosmic Dance and it's effects.
Everything is affected by the changing seasons and the rhythm of the tides.
Why not commit yourself to celebrating in tune with these natural rhythms?
You will benefit physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and it will help you to truly re-earth.

For those who dismiss such practices are mere superstition, consider that:

"We cannot know more than a fraction of what exists. We will always be a minor part of the information system"
Methods of Design - 3.10.3

and that: "Nothing we can observe is regular, partly because we ourselves are imperfect observers.
We tell fortunes, (or lose them) on the writhing of entrails, or cathode ray graphics;
on the scatters of dice or bones, or on arrays of measures.
Are the readings of tea-leaves any less reliable than the projections of pollsters?"
Pattern Understanding - 4.1
from "Permaculture - A Designer's Manual" by Bill Mollison

GLENYS LIVINGSTONE'S PAGAIAN MUSINGS for the current season.

Seasons and Calendars
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