June. The word alone conjures images of laid-back “easy livin'” (remember the song by Uriah Heep? Awesome 70s tune). June means balmy afternoons, eating ice cream, and walks by the sea. At least, it does in the Northern half of the world, whilst the Southern part is moving towards winter – and incidentally, that’s when their “13 Moons” course starts, so sign up now for a year’s journey!
Last Saturday, June also meant a mead-making workshop with my lovely friend Joan, heathen and mistress of the mead (and storytelling). The picture shows how hard we were working (cough) in the sunshine on Barbara’s terrace, me in pug-cuddling bliss! Well, we also did a lot of brewing and learned what to watch out for, AND got our own starter brew to take home with us. I’m telling you, once I have a place of my own and more space, I’ll make more mead than you can shake a fist at.
Joan also told us a little about history, like the fact that mead is one of the oldest beverages produced and consumed by humans. They found traces of mead in archaeological finds dating some 4,000 years ago. Our ancestors had taste!
It was such a great afternoon with the loveliest people you could imagine. Someone started quoting a Shakespeare sonnet, and someone else added the second line. I couldn’t resist and completed the third and forth, and then we all sat there grinning at each other. I do love my renaissance poetry, and it’s great to see others appreciating it too.
You know, I almost feel a little guilty because I don’t seem to have anything profound to blog about these days. But then, the most profound truths are often also the simplest: Living and enjoying every day, connecting with people, enjoying quality time with the budgies. Balancing doing with BE-ing. And giving thanks for every beautiful day.
Don’t you think?
News From The Tribe
Just in time for the start of the Southern hemisphere “13 Moons” course, Cassandra has posted her very own set-up for a Moon Dance. It’s very beautiful! May it inspire you.
Linda has declared Friday as “Self-Care Day” which really resonates with my relaxed approach these days. It’s so important to set aside some time for recharging batteries and making ourselves feel great!