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longing for winter

winter lake scene | photo by Phoebe Stout
woodland door | photo by Phoebe Stout
black bear tracks | photo by Phoebe Stout
Alice in the trees | photo by Phoebe Stout
two paths | photo by Phoebe Stout
tiny details | photo by Phoebe Stout
boardwalk in winter | photo by Phoebe Stout

I've always loved stories set in cold, snowy places. The more remote and isolated the better. There's a quiet in the bleakness of winter that's unlike any other setting or season, and just under the surface of that stillness is a beautiful mystery.  

For many years, I wasn't able to fully appreciate that stillness because I was living in the city. Even during the severest of snowstorms, and even when the city "shuts down", there's still movement and noise – it's less, but it's there. Living in a rural Pennsylvania has allowed me to experience the much desired feeling I had only known vicariously through books or film.

When I take walks with Alice now, and the only sound is our breath and the crunch under our feet, I feel like I'm finally getting to know the winter that I had always longed for.

i am connected to everything & everyone

The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. – Chief Seattle

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about oneness with nature. I lived in New York City for 17 years and never thought that I would leave. When I did leave, it was because I saw my future self surrounded by trees, not buildings. I had no idea when I moved if I had made the right decision. It was a while before I detoxed my body and mind from the ways of city life and came to love country life as I have. I can remember in my last two years of living in NY, I would repeat the mantra, “I am connected to everything and everyone.” while I was going about my day. It was a reminder to connect, in a place with so many people and so few connections. Being in nature, surrounded by the beauty of the earth and its wild inhabitants, is something of a religious experience. There’s little need to remind myself to connect – it’s inherent. I did not know what the bond between humans and Mother Nature truly meant or felt like until I sat alone in a kayak at sundown, watching the birds fly overhead and listening to the sounds of wildlife merging like an instinctive orchestra. Hundreds of musicians who have never met, yet their songs join in seamless harmony. 

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. – John Muir

lake life

arrival of the geese

morning water lilies

baby Heron

maybe a new textile pattern

fairy garden I made with my niece (this is the al fresco dining area)

It’s been a quiet summer on my blog. There’s been a lot going on and a great deal of contemplation as well. Most of you know that I left my New York apartment in the spring without a new home to move into. I wanted my next step to unfold in its own time and I can’t tell you how glad I am that I didn’t rush things. I’ve been staying with my family for the past six months, mostly at my parents' lake house in Pennsylvania where I have my make-shift studio set up. I always knew that I loved visiting the lake but this was my first extended stay here. I’ve been going for kayak rides every day and watching the family of Great Blue Herons that live here. I’m becoming quite a bird enthusiast which has really surprised me. These blessings, being connected to nature and living more simply, is now a way of life that I can’t see myself giving up. I’m looking for a place of my own at the lake and I have just the little cottage in mind. Hopefully, I’ll have some news and photos to share soon. In the mean time, Autumn is on the horizon and it’s time for a friend’s wedding, a few concerts, starting a new class and holiday market season! Embrace change, indeed.


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