Welcome to Harvest Moon, a place where the creatures and landscapes of my imagination take form and meet the world. Nestled in beneath the wild craggy tors of Dartmoor inspiration comes on chilly winds from moonlit landscapes of other realms which share this rugged, ancient land of gorse and granite. Living here I sometimes feel on a bridge between worlds and ages as the land speaks from spluttering streams and wind-beaten tors, telling stories of folk and beast, but only in snatches before the endings are whipped away down the valley with the broad river and out to sea. So here I will share these stories and characters and they can dwell in your own imagination, continuing their stories with infinite outcomes. This is how they live, enjoy them!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

continued hibernation....

My goodness, how time passes! The days and nights have blended in to one in the last 3 months of new parenthood. Robin is wonderful and thriving, and we too, albeit a little bleary-eyed and flourishing in our new roles as Mum and Dad.

Much has happened in these past few months, aside from growing a little person, I have fully fledged as a permaculture teacher working with the legendary and wonderful Patrick Whitefield. Teaching is something I have always felt drawn to, and I knew that all I needed was to find a subject I felt passionate enough about to enable me to take that path. It is a huge learning curve, and I feel that I learn as much from each lesson as the students do at this stage! But it is so rewarding, especially when I am approached between lessons by people who want to talk about what they have just learnt, and I see a spark becoming a flame - interest, enthusiasm, inspiration. Wonderful!

This year was an extra challenge as I am breastfeeding Robin, so between lessons I had to dash out and feed him! Doug came with me to look after him during lessons and we all stayed in our campervan with the woodburner keeping us cosy through the night. Somehow, despite the feeding, hormones and broken nights, I managed to string enough sentences together to teach various topics from water conservation to open space technology....and have fun at the same time!

My other major achievement in recent times has been the publication of my first book! Food From Your Forest Garden is a seasonal guide to harvesting, cooking and preserving the crops form your forest garden. I teamed up with Martin Crawford of the Agroforestry Research Trust to follow up his comprehensive guide 'Creating a Forest Garden' with a practical, day-to-day cook book, which would enable people to incorporate unusual food into their daily diet. The book will be launched in May and is available to advance order from Green Books. I spent a lot of my pregnancy experimenting with weird and wonderful new vegetables, finding their flavours and complimentary combinations to create simple, easy recipes. When putting the effort in to raise crops, especially perennials which will be in your garden for several years, its important not to forget that you need to get in to the habit of eating them too! I hope this guide will help people to do that and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

And so, life is flowing pretty fast at the moment! Fast, exciting, wonderful and at times a little overwhelming! I feel very lucky and very grateful for these three babies, and intent to nurture them as best I can. I sometimes wonder where the energy for this will come from, and I wonder whether I will ever pick up a pencil or a paint brush again! But in fact there are some seeds that have been sown on the course of these babies being born, and being fed, that are slowing growing by themselves, and my pencils are trembling in their tin with anticipation....more babies are on the way! It seems that creativity will find many outlets, but for me the pencil tin is always a big one. These great experiences are so inspiring that new ideas are forming, characters are emerging and telling me their stories, and I listen eagerly, asking them to just wait for me, just wait there until I can capture you and tell your tale in all its vivid colour!

I hope you will wait for me too, and in the meantime enjoy the last 2 years of wonderings and doodlings captured in this blog. I will return!

Spring time blessings!