Come, heart, where hill is heaped upon hill:
For there the mystical brotherhood
Of sun and moon and hollow and wood
And river and stream work out their will;
Into the twilight – W.B.Yeats
The early poetry of W.B. Yeats; poetry of the ‘Celtic Twilight’ has been a passion of mine since about 1994, my final year of high school. Yeats’ early poetry captured the folk stories of his landscape and environment, explored its mysticism and the simple truths of beauty, wonder and intrigue. Something about it struck a chord with me and actually influenced the way I looked at nature, connected me like nothing had before. Regardless of where I am in the world (currently Adelaide, South Australia), nature, wildlife and living sustainably are my luminous flames.
To put it as simply as I can, nature is my connection to this universe- and is what I wholeheartedly revere and believe in. It’s both spiritual and scientific and those two domains sit together iwth me. Growing food keeps me in touch with her rhythm. Trying to understand science adds to the wonder.
When I think about the best bits of days – the parts of days that fill me with wonder – they always hearken back to twilight. It’s that fleeting time between day and night that is beautiful in any weather and in any place. For me, twilight is when you feel closest to some sort of otherworld – doors feel open. You can feel spirit in the environment.
I began this blog in 2004. It is really just about an attempt to capture and record all the twilights in my life – those moments of insight, learning, feeling and experience. Writing has always been the easiest form of self-expression for me, and the thoughts flow quicker in front of the computer than they do in a paper journal these days. To be honest, I mainly write because I have to and I love to. But I find the sharing difficult sometimes, I have recently shared this blog much more widely than ever before. I’m learning that’s ok.
The majority of this site is about interaction with the environment, and animals – a huge part of my muse. It’s also about my childlike wonder about the world. I’m not sure I’ll ever grow up and stop being fascinated and I’m not sure I want to evolve into anything remotely mature. Ever. Never. Never ever ever. 🙂
Underpinning this blog is my dream of self-sufficiency and growing plants, fruits and vegetables – living sustainably with nature. These days that in a normal suburban block in a coniferous hood (there really are TOO MANY conifers). I’d like to just simply, bring the bees and butterflies and the edibles back.
Work has also begun to stray into my writings because I’m passionate about learning and open education.