Sunday Evening Reflection – Waiting

“Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger. She calls her family together within her inmost home to prepare them for being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth.”

Hugh Macmillan, “Rejuvenescence,” The Ministry of Nature, 1871

 

Winter has come and, with it the promise of long winter evenings of reading in the coming cold days of January and February.  I have a stack of books at the ready and have signed up to a competitive family book reading challenge that has set me on a course of discovery. Winter is a time of respite and renewal, waiting, preparing…

The soil appears to be dormant, but there is unseen activity happening in the depths of the earth in preparation for the coming of spring.  So it is with us.  May we “gather our life” in the same way as Nature and recognize the beauty of a winter landscape.

Join me as I look back on the late blooms of Autumn, just before Nature called her family together.

 

 

Solitude: A September Garden from Rebecca Budd aka Clanmother on Vimeo.

18 Comments

  1. Annika Perry says:

    Rebecca, a tranquil and reflective start to my day … the bedding down during winter has its own special merits,for nature, for us! Enjoy the family book challenge – I’m intrigued! Will you be sharing some of the books along the way? Hugs xx

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    1. Clanmother says:

      My sister has started a podcast called “The Book Dialogue” which features our marvelous and competitive discussions about books, poetry, and more books. We have completed three podcasts so far and more are in the works. It’s going to be a great 2020. I’ll also be sharing my books on my blogs. https://anchor.fm/thebookdialogue/episodes/Start-at-the-Beginning-e8vtic/a-a11f1ji. Looking forward to following your adventures in 2020. Life is so good!

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      1. Annika Perry says:

        Rebecca, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to you and Sarah’s conversation last night … there is a terrific vibe between the two of you! Wishing you a wonderful evening of celebration tonight and a magical New Year! xx

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      2. Clanmother says:

        Thank you for listening in. Sarah and I are looking forward to the conversations awaiting us in 2020. Your presence and comments are so very much appreciated. Here’s to the many opportunities of 2020!

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      3. Mary Jo Malo says:

        This is so exciting!

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      4. Clanmother says:

        So glad that you are joining the conversation. Sarah and I have had many reading adventures, beginning with Harlequin romances. Much to the horror of my father, my uncle, who had a book store, sent us 500 Harlequin Romance books via mail. It was a big package. I wish I had kept a couple of these books – they would be collector items now. They had names like “A Promise if for Keeping” and one of my favourites was about a young opera singer. Great times…Happy New Year. Here’s to more great times.

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  2. A beautiful idea, Rebecca. I wish you much joy in your reading over the winter months. Mother Nature is always so busy preparing the delights ahead for Spring and Summer. So much to look forward to with the anticipation of gorgeous colour and beauty to come. 🤗

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Good morning from rainy Vancouver. We have entered our rainy season so there will be copious amounts of tea consumed in the coming months. There is magic in the mists that gather in the cedars, which reminds me that there is still fantasy left in our world. I enjoy stopping by your place to soak up the rays of the sun. Thanks for adding beauty and humour to my day!

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  3. Your September flowers have come on a day that started with sleet, which soon turned to snow.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      And we have rain, rain, rain, and more rain. We have learned to call it liquid sunshine. Sometime is snows in January. If it does, I will send you photos! Hugs and Happy Happy New Year!

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      1. Liquid sunshine! That’s good way to look at it. Happy New Year to you and your family, Rebecca!

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  4. All the best to you Rebecca for 2020 🥂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I have enjoyed tagging along on your amazing adventures. Happy Happy New Year.

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  5. Ms Frances says:

    I was delighted when I finally was able to get into Word Press to see this really beautiful post. I love the flowers, I think I have see some of the same ones in this garden, so lovely really. Thank you for sharing, I love the music, too. Yes, I am looking forward to the family “book challenge”. Should be fun and educational.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Oh, I am delighted that you were able to access WordPress again. Technology continues to be a mystery for me. I love garden reflection – nature has a way of calming the spirit.

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      1. Ms Frances says:

        I sometimes get discouraged too soon. If I wait long enough it usually comes on eventually.

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  6. Angelilie says:

    I really like your blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and very interesting blog. I come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. A soon. Angelilie from Paris.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comments – very much appreciated. Looking forward to visiting your blog and universe. Have a wonderful day.

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