we have passed the cross-quarters. a little bit closer to spring. I’ve been married six months. it’s been a very sweet six months.

this afternoon in the garden I saw the sprouts of parsley, mallow, motherwort, horehound and hollyhock. And little grasses.

Now would be a good time to plant out a cold-frame with frost hardy plants: kale, lettuce, parsley, cilantro, etc. We’ll see if I can pull it off.

I’ve been haphazardly putting rosehips in the ground along with honey locust seeds and hawthorn berries. If I’m lucky I’ll end up with a forest at the edge of my garden. Right now it’s a field of alfalfa and bindweed. But I shouldn’t complain – they both have medicinal properties. In her book “Common Herbs for Natural Health,” Juliette de Bairacli Levy says of bindweed, “Uses internal: as a tonic and cleanser of the blood. Also helpful in dropsy. A fertility herb. Dose: Three or four flowers eaten in a salad twice a day. Or a brew from the twisting stems. Of the brew, take a tablespoon morning and night.”


This is from yesterday’s writing playing with nouns that are also verbs: Inspired by vernous (Wooldridge – “Foolsgold”) :A kiss
and a lurch
a nibble and a fragment.
To collapse,
and to swallow.
To mirror
and to play.
Take a number
take a cow
take the dust
and take the glitter.
Over, under, hither, yon.
bicycle and question.
Walk, marble, shutter,
sting, thunder, hammer.
A jungle to jangle.
Whisper, wonder.


2 thoughts on “imbolc

  1. Arlyn, Thank you for your continuing posts…I read them faithfully. I find them to be simply mindful and present.

    And…you have me stumped on your most recent one. Please, could you tell me the definition for IMBOLC?

    May you be enjoying the beauty of this lovely day~ Jacque Jeffreys

  2. Thanks for reading. In the Celtic tradition imbolc is the name for the cross-quarters that we just passed at the beginning of Feb; we are halfway between winter solstice and spring equinox.

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