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March Equinox 2010 - Autumn
~Spring Equinox in Northern Hemisphere~



A recent photo of the RainbowWeb, facing slightly South of West


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

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Here you can clearly see some of the many changes which have taken place over the last 15 months.
The Passionfruit has gone. Planted in 2002, it finally succumbed to a combination of age, heat, roadworks, and being in a vulnerable position.
Since the average age of a passionfruit vine is 7 years, it did very well, bearing 2 generous crops each year, & supplying the entire district with fruit.(Picture)
I have replaced it with 2 bouganvilleas, which are much more heat & drought resistant, and less vulnerable to damage.
While they are growing, I planted a few pumpkins to fill part of the gap.
The huge gap by the Stobie pole is where the gas fitters dug a trench to renew piping.
It's taking time to cover, since it was backfilled with gravel, & is constantly subjected to exhaust fumes from cars backing out of the driveway across the lane. But the Bouganvillea will eventually cover most of the fence, & with patience the cuttings of Pelagonium & Sweet Potato I'm nursing in the gap will cover the ground.
The yellow container is filled with wet sand, to act as a warning, & a buffer, in an effort to protect the Stobie pole & corner of the fence from traffic.
The entire fence is on the boundary between narrow access lanes & the garden. It is protected from damage only by my brave plants, which also disguise the many dents & worse which have occurred in spite of their presence.
The Mirabilis, or 4 o'clocks, have done a particularly brilliant job this year, in spite of frequent damage because they are positioned right on the corner.
The mulch, by the way, is not pea-straw, but nasturtium straw, left behind each year by the winter crop.This year's seedlings are already appearing in a few sheltered spots.

The harvest continues, in spite of some damage unwittingly caused by abundant wildlife.
There was a good crop of Beauty of Bath apples, repaying the effort of 'wrapping' them against sunburn, birds & possums, & the Sultana vine cropped well.
The Lisbon lemon still lives up to its reputation, supplying lemons all year round.
I had a good garlic crop. I've made fig jam & fruit sauce, and am still picking figs.
There are 7-year beans, radishes, pumpkins, zucchini, a variety of herbs & lots of greens.
The Guava & Macadamia have just started dropping some of their fruit, & will continue to do so throughout the Autumn & Winter.
A few avocados survived the heatwave, which came at just the wrong time, last November. They should be ready to pick in May or June,
& the possums have left just a few Persimmons on the lower branches.
The Jerusalem Artichokes are growing strongly, so should provide a good crop, but the Sweet Potatos have not made their usual luxuriant top growth, due to my new watering regime, so how many tubers are being formed remains to be seen.
This watering system has reduced the amount of mains water used on the garden this summer by almost 2/3rds, so has been well worth the extra effort.

Over the last 15 months I almost despaired of my vision for the garden. I was ill for much of the hottest & driest year on record. Drought & wildlife caused enormous damage, & I was unable to water effectively, or to properly deal with the crops that did survive in the garden.

But the last few weeks have truly reminded me that, if we are patient, nature does indeed restore health & balance to all life.
The vision was always of Sanctuary & sufficiency, rather than superfluity.
And so it is! Enough is Abundance

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This is a corner of the same place, taken in January 2005, before the big drought.
(Passionfruit & Mirabilis)

Detail of same spot in 2005



If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, bright Blessings for the Spring Equinox

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The March Equinox occurs when the sun crosses into the tropical sign of Aries,
or 0° of Celestial Longitude, this year at 17.33 GMT on 20th.March.
This festival is now closely associated with Easter by Christians, but began as
Eostar, a pagan spring festival, celebrating the renewed life
& warmth of spring, and the lengthening of daylight.
Which means that it applies only in Northern latitudes.
Here in Adelaide, we still endure the heat & dust
of Autumn, & long for rain, & the end of daylight saving!

The theme of either Equinox is balance and unity.
Throughout the world night and day are similar in length,
the 12-hour night in the South being balanced by the 12-hour day in the North.
Then, as the nights lengthen for us on the journey into Winter,
those of you in the North begin to travel towards Summer.
Our next festival will be solemn Samhain or Hallowe'en,
yours creative and joyful Beltane.

See also Seasons and Calendars for more information.



Balance of the hemispheres

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 this year 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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