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Summertime!

We are very fortunate to have so many cool activities this summer!

-building guitar

IMG_1359cigar box guitar

-jammin’ with friends

ivie and aidan

-petting alligators

petting a gator

-photographing nature

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-viewing the super moon

super moon

-raising tadpoles (one of our frogs is on the leaf)

baby frog

-attending theatre

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©rw 2013

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Midsummer Eve 2012

There are more embellishments to come, but at least we got the basics of a Fairy Garden complete before Midsummer Eve. 

A shell is filled with water.  A grape is placed at the door of the house and a small handful of pine nuts waits on the table for the fairies that will be famished after their Solstice Celebrating. 

Our go-to Midsummer Story is from Elsa Beskow.  Do check out The Flowers’ Festival  if you have not already. 

HAPPY SUMMER!! 

© rw 2012

EVE 2011 Summer Harvest Gathering

I was a little bit nervous planning a garden event during the hottest week of the summer.  Would anyone come? 

Well they did and we had a wonderful time!  Amazingly, it stayed fairly cool and overcast while we were at the garden – yay!  After the kids picked a few vegetables, they left a little gratitude offering of corn meal/chickpea flour for Mother Earth.  There was a newly planted bed that had just been watered, so it was easy and fun to make stripes in the wet rows.  Thank you Fred for giving us the tour and letting the kids pick & wash.  Thank you Lindsey for hosting us after and making your delicious POPCORN!

Eve Group Harvest gathering – summer 2011

Whether you call it Lammas (Loaf Mass) that celebrates the ripening of the grains or Lughnasadh with the story of the harvest lord or whether you just call it August 1st, we will gather at the Tapestry WIC (farmer’s market nutrition) garden in Ormewood Park on Monday morning August 1, 2011. 

I’ll send out address and direction info on email, but wanted to give you a quick peek through the sunflowers at the cool garden! 

The tomato plants are taller than Ivie!

Fred will lead us through the garden and the kids will get to pick a few veggies.  Then we will head over to the Lingenfelter’s for a snack.

The garden is huge, but with some nice shade trees surrounding — just a perfect place to celebrate the harvest!

Summer Solstice 2011

We are celebrating Mid Summer at home this year.  So last night we set out a small collection of treats — fresh picked blackberries,  some cucumber cubes from Dad’s garden and a magnolia leaf saucer full of juice out for the fairies in a special fairy circle under the magnolia tree.  We knew they would be hungry and parched after their MidSummer Eve party.  

This morning Ivie found a beautiful crystal in her slipper.  They say that the Fairy Queen leaves a jewel from her crown in gratitude for the refreshments. 

On both the Eve and on the Solstice, we read the story Twelve Wild Swans from Circle Round  and this morning we found a beautiful swan flying in our dining room.   The swan has a magical quality to Ivie because she knows that I didn’t make it.  This particular MidSummer magic came through my partner, Kat in the Bird Exchange with We Bloom Here.  THANKS Kat! 

Happy Solstice everyone!  Many blessings to those celebrating the longest day and to our friends celebrating the longest night!

EVE plans for Summer 2011

EVE 2011 SUMMER ideas:

We have one EVE group gathering planned for summer.  Look for more info to come about our harvest celebration on August 1. 

Memorial Day(May 30)  I’ve only spoken with folks who do NOT have a loved one that they have lost in the service of country that they would be remembering on this holiday.   Some are celebrating their inner warrior by attending the American Indian Festival

Last day of school (June 3)   The start of a big breath out.  Everyone seems ready for the down-time. 

Document – scrapbook or even a notebook and a glue stick.  Give kids a way to hold memories. 

Summer Solstice, (June 21) the sun reaches its peak and begins to decline. The Goddess becomes the lover of all things that fade and die. She is the mother of abundance and fruitfulness who loves and feeds her children.  Since Midsummer is a night when the fairies come out to frolic and play, it might be nice to leave some treats for them to have after their night of dancing.  Empty egg shells or magnolia leaves can hold a refreshing tea and bits of dried fruit or nuts make a wonderful snack for fairies.  The fairies will want to leave a treasure (some say it is a jewel from a fairy queen’s crown) in your shoe as a token of their gratitude.  What a wonderful reminder that when we take care of the Earth Fairies, we are always rewarded – either directly with a jewel or by having a healthier earth. 

Craft Song Food Story Ritual
Sun-p105 or whipper whopper p93 (All Year Round) or walnut boat p168 (Earthways) Gift of the Summer Sun p220 (Circle Round Seasonal fruit Father Sun and the Dandelion (Suzanne Down in spring 09 Living Crafts magazine) —–The Flowers’ Festival by Elsa Beskow Leaving treats for the fairies. -Get out in the wind, water, earth & sun. 

4th of July (July 4)  For many, this is an extended family gathering time.  If you are looking for other options, maybe a state park would make a nice outing?  (–hopefully a smaller crowd?)  Check out the top few events at http://www.gastateparks.org/Events.   I set the search at July events within 50 miles from zip 30030.   Change that to fit your driving comfort. 

Lughnasad, (August 1) (Pronounced Loo–na–sa) the days are already growing shorter although we are at the warmest time of year. The Goddess becomes the Harvest Mother, as we gather in the first of the crops.

Craft Song Food Story Ritual
Hope Cards, Circle Round p248 P185, Celebrating Irish Festivals by Ruth Marshall & Lammas Bread Blessing p251 Circle Round You pick farms – check out Local Food Guide at http://georgiaorganics.org/  or http://www.pickyourown.org/GA.htm .  Usually the ajc runs a list of you-pick farms.  We have visited http://www.aboutyule.com/blueberry.asp which is very near http://www.gastateparks.org/Panola.  The place we visit is not certified organic, but they do not spray herbicide or pesticide.  Call ahead and verify hours and ask about spray practices.  The Queen Bee, Grimm Harvesting together Monday morning, August 1. 

1st day of school (August 17)

Craft Song Food Story Ritual
Crayon or pencil holder – something to use in the upcoming year. Lunch basket décor. Good Day, Good Day. Where have you been?  What have you done?  Where have your journeyed out under the sun?      

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Looking out past the summer . . .

…to October.  Last year we gathered to share a Hobgoblin Puppet show on Halloween that turned out so very nice.  Buoyed by our initial success, we are going to do a Halloween Eve puppet show based upon Jane Yolen’s book, Child of Faerie, Child of Earth.   If you have the book, you know the sweet story and beautiful artwork.  If not, go ahead and peek at the reviews and the art on amazon.  We will be making 4 puppets (young and old versions of both the Child of Faerie and the Child of Earth), we will design and gather set supplies, we will need a reader, we will need puppet movers (there is probably a more official word – maybe puppeteer) and we will need a host.  Please think of your family plans for Sunday, Oct 30 and how you might like to be involved in sharing this sweet story of friendship with our children.

…to April 2012.  I have had season tickets to Theatrical Outfit for over a decade and love their work, the people involved with the company and the environmental stance they take with their facility.  TO is doing A Wrinkle In Time as part of their 2011-12 season.  Fred, Ivie & I will be there on Sunday, April 15 (center, row F, seats 113,114,115)  if anyone is interested in getting tix to join us.

©2011 RW

Eve MidSummer Event 2010

I’m still playing catch-up with the blog on the EVE group events and notes.  We are meeting tomorrow to plan and share ideas for Summer 2011, so it is a nice time to remember the outstanding event we had on the Summer Solstice 2010 at the Oakhurst Garden.    Traveling back in time one year . . .

I’m so excited about our event.  Have you met Andrea?   She will lead us in our sun-seed craft and have her paints so everyone can get a sun painted on faces, arms and maybe even a little sun for mommies painted on a foot or calf!  It is mid-summer, the perfect time to let our hair down! 

I’m going to bring the supplies for all the kids to make a paper sun fan and we will have lots of goodies made from summer fruits.  We will have access to the kitchen and can put our popsicles and other goodies in the freezer/fridge.  BYO-water bottles and cloth napkins.  We do have to pay to rent the Oakhurst Garden, I will put out a little jar at our event if you’d like to contribute to that cost. 

The story line I’m thinking is that on this the shortest night/longest day of the year is when the fairies come out at night and have their midsummer party.   (recommend: Elsa Beskow’s The Flower’s Festival  Since our kids will not be staying up till dark when the fairies come out for their party, we would like to leave some treats (offerings for the garden) for the fairies to enjoy after their dancing and frolicking.   Festivals Family and Food pg 53 tells that on midsummer the children leave these treats for the fairies and then the next morning they go back to the garden to find the fairies have left them a jewel from a fairy crown as a thank-you.  

I will bring the fairy treats for the children to place in the garden:  small pieces of fruit and nuts and some special tea that will be placed on magnolia leaf plates and in eggshell cups.  Since Andrea is a garden fairy and knows all the favorite fairy spots in the garden, she will  lead the kids on the placement of their offerings.   (with the hint that the fairies will be so grateful for these treats)  I will secretly have some crystals that I will pass out to the moms to leave under pillows or in shoes or by breakfast plates for the children to find the next morning.   So sweet!   

 

Our rental agreement for the Oakhurst Garden allows us to set-up 30 min before our event, so I plan to get there around 2:30, drop off popsicles in the freezer and head back behind the office and to the right.  There is a new outdoor table area under some trees.   The area was dedicated in memory of my dear friend Lylia and is called Lylia’s Tea Party.  She was a true believer in the fairies & I’m sure she will love our celebration of midsummer! 

–rhonda

-ps- I’ve included friends who are out of town on this Eve email.  Hopefully, you will find some fairies where you are! 

Midsummer Night
 
The sun goes down,
The stars peep out,
And long slim shadows
Flit about.
 
In velvet shoes
The quiet dark
Comes stepping soft
O’er wood and park
 
And now the world
Is fast asleep;
And fays and elves
Their revels keep.
 
They fly on the backs of the grey-winged moths,
They skim on the dragon-flies green and gold
On shimmering dew-wet grass they alight,
Tiny petal-skirts whirl, gauzy wings unfold.
 
The fairies are dancing beneath the moon
Hush!  See the shimmer of their twinkling shoon!  
 
By Elizabeth Gould.  Printed in Festivals Family and Food pg 51

Thanks Kristin for the photos of our Mid Summer event.  It was a very magical day!  Andrea, our garden fairy was absolutely perfect on leading the children around the garden for the optimal “fairy snack” placements.   The next morning every child found a beautiful crystal had magically appeared at their home.  My kid was thrilled with this gesture of gratitude from the fairies.   We were not overt with a message, but I think we all were reminded that taking care of the Earth Fairies is a duty that is always rewarded. 

I’m looking forward to what we plan for 2011 as a family or for the group!