It’s been a long time since I sat down and shared, wrote, and put The Botanical Beauties & Beasties “out there.” Too long. Much water has been crossed over; bridges have been traveled to and from and back again. I know it’s time to get back to BBB3. The present state of the world, our new politics, and policies are quiet distressing to me. If you don’t agree that’s your option/opinion and you can unsubscribe if you so wish. I won’t be talking much politics here except to mention that our nations new paths of exclusion, non environmental, bigotry and violence in words and actions have spurred me to go back to the BBB3 core message and tag line of Kindness, because it’s always the bottom line. When I changed the tag line back in May 2015 I had no idea of what was to come in November 2016. We need a world of INCLUSION, compassion, awareness of our world, the earth, and each other. This is what has partially pushed me out of my blasted off rocket that took off so many months ago. I have indeed landed, bumpy at times, but a good landing overall-moving forward with the Botanicals feels especially pertinent now. I am far from even remotely thinking I am more than, or even as big as, a submicroscopic dot on this universe-however, if ALL the tiny little parts gather ourselves up and collectively we can make a small impression it’s a great start. I will try to do my part here, and hopefully The Botanical Beauties & Beasties can shine and do their small part.
I have been thinking about water, waves, the sounds of the waves, the oceans roar, and then back to the stillness that water can have. The ebb and flow of it all. It’s almost magical how the water flows in and out of the sea onto the sand, continually restoring itself, and laps up on the shore again. Continual replenishment! If only it were that easy for us. Maybe it is? The other two big topics on my mind lately are happiness and friendships. The connection to all this is I actually got to go to the beach/ocean, and share three days with three wonderful friends. We laughed a lot, and a few tears were shed as well. Some were caused because we were laughing so hard, and some were of sadness – all were water! All good. All cleansing. All replenishing to the soul. It was truly a respite for us all- the ocean, the warmth, the love of such close friends, the good times, the sounds, the sunshine, even the rain, the whole “ball of wax.” It took us almost 2 years to finally make that weekend happen- it was worth the wait. (Thanks to- you know who you are! ) The above large Horseshoe Crab had washed up to the shore along with about 15 others- I have never seen anything quite like it? All within about 50 feet of each other, and only in that one spot? We were wondering if they were all coming ashore to lay eggs? Again, the cycles of the water, the ocean. How odd that these animals had to bump, jostle and wait for the next wave to make their way to the beach sand. I’m sure their is a life analogy in that somewhere!
Added to the top layer of the above image is another image- this one of a 17th century piece/fountain head- spouting water. The face made me smile for the expression of the eyes, and eyebrows are most amazing. And yet, it fits- it somehow all ties into the fluidity of life, the water that we all need to sustain ourselves. The flow, the rhythm, the cold, the hot, the ocean, the water glass, the shower, the cup of tea/coffee, the waves, the sounds-and back to the oceans roar. An amazing face, a spiky crab, and Moe (Minister of Clean Water in my magical land of Botaniumaus.) All beauties to me…but as we know-Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! I am pretty sure the same is true for sounds. Crashing, jumping, or gentle waves-sounds that truly soothe my soul. What’s your soul soothing sound?
The December solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, it is when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. To our southern hemisphere friends hope you are happy to see the “summer solstice!” It is the winter solstice only in the northern hemisphere.Either way-Hurrah for the Solstice and the beginning of LONGER DAYS again!!!
The countdown to the apocalypse is on.Well sort of, we woke up and the world is still here, the world did not end as the Mayans feared it would….however, we are in some rough and turbulent times. The Fiscal Cliff- one would think that the left, right and middle could get it together and truly do what is best for the majority, the country and the land. I understand Politics are exactly that “Politics” but to what cost? Today our US legislators left for vacation – I really understand how they could do that. It is an embarrassment.
Come and down and see us at The LAST (until next year) Providence Holiday Market! Local Arts, Local Goats fromThe Reynolds Barn – Yes, that means fresh wonderful goat milk soap and scrub! Delicious Local granola from Providence Granola which means a twist of helping folks out as well as yum… Fraggles and Friggles is Local Jewelry to bedazzle, Beautiful Local Wreaths/Greens from Robin Hollow Farm made into beautiful holiday greenery gifts and home decor…and of course Local US – The Botanical Beauties and Beasties. We still have some fabulous Note pads, beautiful Mini Art (cards) a few Wine glasses of our “Marvelous Easy Peasy Ready to go Mug Gift ” sets: 4 Themes-1) Beauty 2) Words 3) Dog and 4) Garden. All have amazing beautiful organic products inside them! Here’s a quick run down: ALL are Dishwasher/Microwave safe 15 oz. mugs/ have 3 bookmarks/have a gift tag already on them for you/ have a card telling about the Botanical on one side and about community and working together on the other side and a bell to jingle as you give the gift! In addition to that each amazing beautiful LOCAL organic/all natural products that go with the theme. Beauty has skin care, Words has a metal Clarity spray, Dogs have salves for paws and drops for calm and room spray for you and Garden has a most beautiful lavender salve, a luscious cuticle and/or lip butter and a Quartz!
The weather outside is to be winter delightful! Crisp and clean – no snow, no sleet that’s all for Sunday! Come on down, join the holiday cheer and fun! Help support Local arts, Local farms and Local entertainers. The Providence Holiday Market.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting throughout the afternoon starting at 12:00
Wheeler School Choir, aka, The Eighteen Wheelers, will be singing around 2pm
- Peter Zuerner and his beautiful hand-made wooden cutting boards
- Robin Hollow Farm – beautiful Greens and Floral delights
- Fraggles and Friggles- wonderful things to dazzle yourself with
- Seven Acre Toys- safe imaginative toys for the little ones
- The Reynolds Farm- beautiful Goat Milk soap and scrub
- The Providence Granola Project – Yum with a great cause too!
- Jewelry from the Heart Old into New bedazzling wearable art.
- Oh, and of course US ! The Botanical Beauties & Beasties! – Amazing creations to enrich your day! Art with a message and a story. We are beginning to sell out of some items… so scurry on down for the best selection of the “Easy Peasy Ready to Go, marvelous Mug set” , note pads and holiday cards! Special request still accepted, we just may be able “to deliver” before christmas – ask me!
Find us at the corner of Westminster and Union.