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Midsummer Madness

This week past we finally had our big Midsummer’s Eve party. This time of year we celebrate our independence and love for life and all that we see Nature providing all around us.

Faces were painted, health was drunk, music was danced to.

Earlier that day, we’d harvested the wild grapes ripening in our neighborhood. I guess this was the real impetus behind our celebrations….

We’d spent the past month planting our gardens and cultivating the wild species that had offered to grow in our home. From laying out a new patio, to building a trellis for our wild blackberries and grapes and native passionvine, to planting beds for tomatoes, squash, and native wildflowers to caring for wild stands of amaranth and curled dock, we’ve worked with what our home has given us and nurtured it into a thriving environment.

We’ve actually seen all kinds of strange and wondrous creatures make themselves at home in our backyard since creating this magical space: tree frogs, giant spiders, owls, voles, opossums, doves, lizards and strange, hoppy bugs.

We occasionally see the wild Grendel out there as well.

This is such a beautiful time of year (searing heat aside!), and there is so much fun things to do! Luna has loved playing at the creek and going out to the lake.

We’ve been experimenting with different recipes using all the acorn flour we still have (left over from last Fall!) and for our big Midsummer party, Lacie made an amazing mesquite and blackberry cobbler.

As a final note to this wonderful update, I just want to say: I hope you had an amazing Birthday Month my dear, may the end be as magical and uplifting as the beginning!


Midsummer Vacation

So the past couple of weeks (month really) I’ve taken a break, of sorts. I did finish another painting, which I’ll upload before to long, I have started working with a couple different organizations here in the Valley, I’ve worked some on custom pieces for a couple special people, but I’ve been doing a lot of writing and thinking and planning; I’ve taken a break, I swear!

Summer Sun

I am currently looking for a new job, and that brings it’s own brand of stress to life. Nonetheless, however, we did manage to relax and celebrate the brightest time of the year together as a family: Midsummer….which, coincidentally, was also my first Father’s day ever!

Being that time of year, we first went around and picked as many grapes as we had bags to fill them. Midsummer (June 21st) is usually about the time when mustang grapes ripen here in the Brazos valley and, obviously, make a welcome treat as juice or jam or just a tasty, yummy treat on the longest day of the year. The full sunshine, freshly ripened wild grapes, a stirring breeze, running laughter; some memories are a blur when we look back, but the feelings, the emotions you felt, those last forever.

Wild night with two beautiful girls….

We also spent a lovely weekend down on the island with some family: lovely nights in the moonlight on the beach, listening to the waves sing and watching the moon dancing silver across their forms.

-A wonderful meeting of Luna and the Sea.