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Tree Caps
Health problems have been slowing me down again this season, which means my mood has often been as pearly grey as the mist on the hills this time of year. Today, however, a piece of correspondence jogged my memory of this quote I love, from Rilke:

"Everything is gestation and bringing forth. To let each impression and each germ of a feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark, in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own intelligence, and wait with deep humility and patience the birth-hour of a new clarity: that alone is living the artist's life. Being an artist means not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap, and stands confident in the storms of spring without the fear that after them may come no summer. It does come. But it comes only to the patient, who are there as though eternity lay before them so unconcernedly still and wide."


Such a beautiful quote, one I very much needed to read right now, so thank you. Hope it's helping you too, and you start feeling better soon <3


I love the trees growing out of their heads. That's an image I need.

And this, Terri, from a poem I love, Gerard Manley Hopkins' 'The Windhover':

"No wonder of it: sheer plod makes plough down sillion
Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,
Fall, gall themselves, and gash gold-vermilion."

Hope you feel better soon.

I've had a bit of a rough time over the last few weeks, but when I saw this sketch I felt my heart open up. I've known that there was something I was to learn from my experiences....and you helped me to figure out a bit of that lesson today. It's a truly beautiful piece, and it spoke deeply to my heart.

I hope you feel better soon, and that the grew blows away.

Dear Terri,
The quote is wonderful and that sketch one of the lovliest.Iam sorry you are having health problems,we really need some sun. You could probably do with some of the desert sun,perhaps you need some vit. D. Have you been working on the Moon Wife ,I so enjoyed the Woodwife and I see that Amamzon has an entry for it?
Tilly is a happy ,lucky dog to live with you two and have the beautiful moor to explore.

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