There is the possibility that I’m the worst blogger in the world. Luckily, this blog is pretty much for me. *sigh*
So I this summer we planted our garden and toiled for hours to make sure everything was right. Then the weather returned to chilly and wet, and well, that was how it stayed for what seemed like weeks on end. The only plants that heartily popped up were my hopi sunflowers, the wild calendula, and the solis calendula. Late in the fall my artemisia absinthium took hold and I moved her before the weather became too chilly, as this spring we’ll be redoing the garden again. Hopefully with greener thumbs.
On the upside, even though our garden did not prosper our forays into the wild were bountiful. Nearly every weekend and many weekdays we found ourselves high up in the mountains where the air cooled your bones, or traipsing through the forest looking for medicinal plants and berries. We have jars of elderberry elixir, fireweed jelly, goldenrod infused honey, mullein flower oils, black & red huckleberries in the freezer, goldenrod leaves for tea and so many others.
In September my travels took me down to beautiful Arizona to attend the Medicine of the People Gathering at Mormon Lake. At the same time I was able to travel around with one of besties and my parents. Let me tell you, there is a huge temperature change between Mormon Lake and Phoenix. It was sheer luxury to come home at the end of the day and soak in my parents’ pool after a couple drinks and fine food. Although this gathering of Herbalists was entirely different than last year when I went to the International Herb Conference, the feeling of being among like minds was still the same. That moment when you realize the very air you breath in is infused with over a hundred other energies all focused on the same thing for three days is phenomenal. It asserts, for me anyways, that I’m where I’m supposed to be. That this path among plants and healers speaks to my heart and my very soul. It is humbling and enlightening to be surrounded by so many brilliant minds.