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Spiders, dirt, seeds and the miracle of life

“…the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” – Carl Jung

And so it goes another moon cycle is at it’s height. With any luck you will have a good view of this months full moon. There’s just something so beautiful and grounding about a full moon. Although I am not being bathed by the glow of the full moon this evening I’m listening to the rain fall outside my window and marveling at the light show brought on by lightening in the clouds.

I love the rain especially when there’s lightening. It just seems so cleansing as though all the negativity is dispersing through it’s charges of lightening. revealing a lighter brighter world when it subsides.

It means good things for my garden as well. Which this year is two lovely strips of earth that cultivates rhubarb, sage, thyme, french tarragon, oregano, purple and regular basil, nasturtiums, chives, lavender, zucchini, eggplant, oka melons, lettuce, three varieties of carrots, poppies, green and yellow beans, four varieties of tomatoes, kale, brussel sprouts, and a rose bush because I love roses. It’s a mix of seeds and seedlings and it’s yet to be determined how prosperous it will be but I like to imagine it will be little my favorite Group of Seven painting, The Tangled Garden, wild overgrown and full of life.
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One new method I tried this year was to start my seeds in empty toilet paper rolls instead of plastic containers. It seems to have worked well. The only thing left to see is whether or not the rolls will degrade now that the seedlings are tucked in the garden.
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I’m also tending another “garden” or rather vineyard. I love watching the grapes grow. From unearthing the vines in early spring awakening them from their slumber, to the first bud break and the sigh of the relief that all our hard work burying them last fall was not for naught. I’m happy to report they are now all tired up and growing at an astonishing rate!
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It is so awe inspiring to watch something grow. Like an every day miracle that we have the privilege of witnessing. From a tiny seed into organisms that provide us nourishment transferring the energy they’ve collected from the sun to us so that we can live. So beautifully intricate and complex but simple at the same time.
The final complex being I’ve observed this spring with a similar curiosity and admiration is the spider. There are lots of spiders in the vines and in my garden and I can’t help but watch them as they go about their spidery business.
In honour of the spiders that have been my company this spring I have a poem by one of my favorite childhood poets, Shel Silverstein. I like to think this is what it’s like inside my head:
A spider lives inside my head
Who weaves a strange and wondrous web
Of silken threads and silver strings
To catch all sorts of flying things
Like crumbs of thought and bits of smiles
And specks of dried-up tears
And dust of dreams that catch and cling
For years and years and years…

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