Mt. Wachusett

I took myself off for a lovely hike up our local sacred mountain, Wachusett. Here are some pics from the journey.

Mt. Wachusett July 2013

Pine Hill Trail: The “fast” way up the mountain

Mt. Wachusett July 2013

A druid’s complete kit for sacred mountains. 🙂

Mt. Wachusett July 2013

Summit wind-swept maple.

Mt. Wachusett July 2013

Wild chamomile

Mt. Wachusett July 2013

Old Indian Trail: a gentler way down!

Mt. Wachusett July 2013

Hemlock grove on the mountain’s northern slope.

Mt. Wachusett July 2013

Balance rock: No kidding!

Mt. Wachusett July 2013

The forest retakes all, eventually.

Practicing Together #14

Blackberry season is here!

Seed thought taken from Leaning into Mystery’s “Practicing Together” weekly series.

I noticed that the blackberry stands along the wood line of the conservation land have their first crop ready for picking. There were a huge number of flowers this spring, and that promise has been fulfilled beyond expectations. There should be another batch ready in a week or so. I love it when the berries are so ripe that you just have to shake the cane and the fruit falls into the basket!

This week, I invite in determination. The job search has begun in earnest and I need to keep focused through any and all emotions that may be passing through.

Ways this could happen: Keeping my body healthy, keeping hydrated, exercising, and eating good food (like the aforementioned blackberries!).

What went well: The boys left for vacation with only a minor hitch. I finished up some sewing projects, as well as making good progress on the peacock shawl. The rain has been kind and I haven’t had to water the garden in a few days now.  And we’re getting about 8 eggs a week from the chickens!

Updates: That life plan I mentioned? It feels really far away right now. I’m trying not to put off living, of having the expectation that everything will be ok once I “fill in the blank.” I guess I’m suffering from good ol’ American “I want it now!” syndrome. Patience, grasshopper. Patience. 🙂