“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Went for an afternoon stroll in Liskeard, Cornwall yesterday. Jon & I found a tap for our kitchen which is being newly renovated so we spent the rest of the day walking through a woodland, we were surrounded by trees, a river, a pond full of ducks and talked about life & art. A red breasted Robin came to sit with us whilst we ate our Ginger Bread Snowmen, he was a handsome fellow and began to talk to us so we gave him some crumbs from our pasties to help him fatten up for the harsh winter to come.
So far in the UK we have had a mild Autumn & Winter. Already in early December and it is still very bright & dry with only a few scattered showers. I am looking forward to the snow and wandering around the hills of Dartmoor and seeing the frost on the trees.
We came back home for a cup of herbal tea & watched ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’, so overall a lovely nature inspired day.
I am truly in awe of nature, plants, the earth, animal symbolism and herbs right now. More so than ever before. I can not describe it, I want to illustrate wintry animalistic scenes, create headdress & garlands for my dancing, Holly wreaths for Christmas, dream catchers for no apparent reason, grow my own herbs to make my own herbal teas, learn how to create my own bird boxes and make plant inspired pieces. I am so captivated by anything involving nature, my love of Beatrix Potter has come back, I adore reading Kinfolk which is a magazine dedicated to living a simple down to earth life, simple pleasures, nature, the seasons organic food & day dreaming, I am learning about Shamanism fused with Art Therapy and folkloric stories involving lakes, seas & mermaids or nature spirits in forests, I am loving trees at the moment, especially Pine trees, I love their smell, even Henna when applied on my hands has a woody aroma, incense like sandalwood has an earthy fragrance spiralling around the house. For whatever reason right now in my life I seem to be addicted to nature…I am sure this is not a bad thing.