A Purge Reprieve: 2 Castles, 2 Farms + 1 Sea (Sort of)

You’re off to great places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain (or in our case; castles, farms, sea) is waiting.
So...get on your way!
— from- Oh, The Places You'll Go!, Dr. Seuss

What a summer! There is nothing like the weight of a deadline bearing down to snap one into action. With the lease up at the Little House in a few spare months and Niko heading off to college in five weeks (!) , the urge to purge is epic.  So much to clear out- if you follow on Facebook you know I've spent July burning through- so far- 15 of 24 boxes of old paperwork. And putting hands on every single item taking up space in the basement and garage, and deciding. Stay? Craig's List?? e-bay?? Donate??? Trash???? Burn????? Shred?????? Freecycle????????? The idea is to be done with all of it-  ending in a two day sale: Day One is the Private Preview Sister Sale on Saturday July 30th. And Day Two is a general public yard sale. Then, the remains shall be donated, still working on where, but currently I'm liking the big truck rolling up and hauling it all away option (and to be relocated in a venue where they can find worthy homes elsewhere). It is a jumble of cathartic release, memory lane, embarrassing realization (how could we drag  this much with us from house to house- without even opening the boxes for years on end?), maddening, brain dulling, exhausting, grimy, satisfying.....and while I am sticking to a fairly diligent schedule, this weekend past I needed to  .step away. 

Won't you come along?  Here you'll find a photo journal of the weekend- 2 Castles: Hammond Castle in Gloucester , Ma. the site of  the annual Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival, a planned excursion we make each year, and the second quite pixie-led, to Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, in Ipswich, Ma. 2  Farms include: Russell Orchards in Ipswich (for a scone of the strawberry /mint persuasion), a must to fortify the beachcombing that followed and Green Meadows Farm, S. Hamilton, Ma., a place Id been passing forever and decided to stop and snag dinner provsions-in this case, spicy fresh arugula, chevre, a crunchy baguette, picture perfect tomato. 

Oh, and the Sea? Well, technically it isn't the Sea at all, but the Atlantic Ocean. Sea just rolls off the keyboard so much better. You'll catch glimpses of it here and there throughout, beacause it's summer and sea and summer go together in these parts.

Scroll through using the carosel function to see all the photos, it's fun :)

 

Hammond Castle

Russell Orchards

Crane Beach

Castle Hill

Green Meadows Farm

 

 Sale on Saturday July 30th is 12-4pm, at 947 Great Pond Rd., North Andover, Ma. My cell if needed is 978.873.1346. Park on the side street, South Bradford.

Now, time to get back to it!  Till soon, friends. xx

 

 

 

Book Junkie Confessions & Your Next Fix

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

-Vera Nazarian

To some of us, books have been a constant source of joy and pleasure for as long as we can remember. Good friends, companions, thought provokers, opinion changers, intellect stimulators, mirth instigators, the ultimte story weavers. If you are like me, the road to book junkie starts out innocently enough. We find ourselves as gradeschoolers sitting criss cross applesauce on the library carpet, waiting for the spell-binder (in my case that would be the beloved school librarian, Mrs. Gill) to crack the weekly picture book, and sweep us into another new world of adventure or intrigue with words that capture our imagination and colorful illustrations that spark our curiosity.

Love for our librarians runs deep. Here Niko and I say our goodbyes to Mrs. S, our in town children's room librarian, as she finishes out her last week before retiring. Niko and she have been friends since he was in elementary school, and she and I have attended a Tomie DePaola book signing like the one below. Not only does a book junkie crush on books but on those who crush on books too! All the best to Mrs. S!

Love for our librarians runs deep. Here Niko and I say our goodbyes to Mrs. S, our in town children's room librarian, as she finishes out her last week before retiring. Niko and she have been friends since he was in elementary school, and she and I have attended a Tomie DePaola book signing like the one below. Not only does a book junkie crush on books but on those who crush on books too! All the best to Mrs. S!

The bottom image is a birthday card I made for Tomie and it later became the first design of my mixed media line,  Art For Your Heart. Creativity begets creativity, doesn't it?

The bottom image is a birthday card I made for Tomie and it later became the first design of my mixed media line,  Art For Your Heart. Creativity begets creativity, doesn't it?

Next we are lured along with the issue of our very own library card, and borrowing priviledges! We can take home books, bags full of them, and keep them for weeks! Then trade them in for MORE BOOKS. There are summer reading clubs and prizes, ice cream sundae socials! 

It can escalate from here and for me, it did. Book. Of. The. Month. Club. Oh yes. Now a brand new book is tucked into your family's mailbox, addressed to YOU. Tearing it out of its carboard sleeve and racing through it the first time, and then savoring it out under the shady oak tree, before bed, with your friends, instead of watching tv on a dull and drawn out summer afternoon. Again and again. Until, the next book arrives and you slip last month's selection onto the bookshelf, because you don't have to give this one back, it's yours to keep!  And yes. I still have a box of my Book of the Month Club books. And yes. I still read them. 

Scuttle, the Stow Away Mouse, a Book Of The Month Club book that became a read before bed book for Niko too.

Scuttle, the Stow Away Mouse, a Book Of The Month Club book that became a read before bed book for Niko too.

And so it goes. There are grown up book clubs to join so you can openly relish your obsession with your own kind, authors to meet who write marvels you must compliment them for, lectures to attend to expand your genre interest, bookshelves to build to house this ever increasing stow of good company. And every so often you must take stock. And when you do, you find that some of these endearing friends are ready to enchant, instruct, and illuminate another book junkie....partly because they have fulfilled their purpose with and for you and let's face it, mostly because you cannot cram another book in anywhere, and you need to, you have to, you must.

And with that, I extend an invite to all my book junkie soulmates to meet an array of exciting and interesting reads that seek new owners and who will, I am certain, entertain and delight you:

 Come join me on Saturday, July 30th from 12-4pm (note time change) for the Private Preview Sister Sale at the Little House. Of course, much more will be available in addition to books, like clothing, altar and healing tools /supplies, candles, stones, crystals, linens DIY tools, furniture, a few antiques, home goods etc. - you never know what you might find.

To leave off, a few acquaintances waiting to greet you:

books like these inspired me to create projects like those below (Projects Not for sale). 

books like these inspired me to create projects like those below (Projects Not for sale). 

Cover of Magic Girl, a journal I made using an existing children's book.

Cover of Magic Girl, a journal I made using an existing children's book.

Magic Girl, an altared children's book. 

Magic Girl, an altared children's book. 

Magic Girl...

Magic Girl...

more fun art resource guides and below more fun projects (Projects not for sale )...

more fun art resource guides and below more fun projects (Projects not for sale )...

You will find books on all manner of subjects: herbs, creativity, novels, witchery, shamanism, reiki, healing, energywork, eastern thought and practice, yoga, watercolor, drawing, channeling, meditation, psychic / intuitive development, cookbooks, coffeetable books, magazines, childrens' books, folktales and lots more. 

(The Little House

947 Great Pond Rd.

North Andover, Ma 01845)

 

Street parking only. Park on side street, S. Bradford is best! Feel free to share this blog and keep your book junkie friends in the mix too.

Hope to see you there!

 

Welcome Kindred!

Of Root & Raven Wing Reveal Celebration weekend!

Our new website and blog launch is just in time to kick off the Fourth of July festivities here in the states.  We have a brand new feel and simplicity that I hope you’ll enjoy. Here’s what’s happening:

  • Tune into Of Root & Raven Wing’s first vlog interview. In keeping with the themes we explore here of beauty, nature, spirit and story, and being granted the rare opportunity to meet one of my favorite storytellers, I feel this vlog offers the perfect start- with acclaimed author Mary Sharratt. I was lucky enough to catch up with her recently and chat about her new book, The Dark Lady’s Mask: A Novel of Shakespeare’s Muse as well as her other novels, the Wild Woman archetype, the Divine Feminine and lots more. Mary tells how to win a free audio book or botanical perfume and meet Ophelia the Feminist Plague Rat! Mary is a lovely human being and storyteller, grab a cuppa and join us.
  • Check out the new essay, Daughter of Goddess in Wild Magic Way. As we enter a new month and influence of a new moon, I invite you to reflect on the beginning of your own awakening or maybe a new start you may be wanting to make in your own life as you read on.

Here’s to another chapter in Circle Magica’s life story. I am honored you are a part of it.

Blessings of the Green & Wild,
Deborah Fay