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First Fruits

St. John the Baptist sowed the seed for a change of heart at Midsummer, and since then, this seed has had time to ripen into a resolve. An initiative is always needed to turn a resolve into a deed, but when are we ever really ready to take an initiative? Forty days after Midsummer, the Festival of Lammas reminds us that it is possible to bake a loaf with grain that is not fully mature, and offer it with trust at Life's table.

The rest of harvesting will continue, and the tempered seed will finally be gathered, sifted, and weighed before being cast in future seasons. Meanwhile, let us value even the immature offerings of our heart, for their spontaneity and vitality!

~All Year Round :: Ann Druitt, Christine Fynes-Clinton & Marije Rowling

Apple Tree

The weather has been turning toward Autumn lately.  The children squealed with delight to look out their bedroom window one evening to see yellow walnut leaves littering our yard.  It was cool yesterday, the most wonderful conditions to do yard work, so we did.  Brambles thinned and pruned, the yard mowed, more shifting toward the sleeping months ahead.

According to some calendars, we start Autumn today with the festival of Lammas.  It might suit me to follow that, as it saves weeks of wishful thinking.  Though we don't have an early wheat crop to harvest, there are plenty of apples falling on the ground.  I made my second apple pie today and Laurel has already been working on it, as you can see.  All Year Round really is a very good book to add a more contemplative mood to the circle of the year.  I can't quite put it into words, but I suppose that is part of the wonder.

Tampering with the Pie

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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