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Wildlife & Weeds

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I am of an age where I understand the importance of reflecting on my life - the times I've been blessed, the times I've been protected from oblivious choices and actions.  As I grow older and (hopefully) gain wisdom, I'm awed by the amount of times that I've been protected and times I've been blessed with the people and places that have shaped me.  Although I could write volumnes on these encounters, for now I speak of this wildness, the land that has encouraged me to become quiet, to observe. It's been a gift to live alongside meadows, woodlands, mountain...

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"Sweet Melissa" ... fresh from the garden

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Although this article will be a bit “round-about," please continue reading for the information I've discovered is delightful (and the bees' have always known). This morning, observing bees’ and butterflies having a glorious time amidst Chamomile and Lemon Balm, my heart was full.  My garden is fragrant, filled with birds singing, bees’ buzzing, butterflies fluttering (and of course) Otis resting in the shade of the old Maple.  In moments such as these I often reflect on the adage “if you build it they will come”.  For me, nothing reveals this more so than my garden.  I have worked this garden...

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Comfrey

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Comfrey has come up in the garden, abundant with tender leaves and healing properties. I’ve worked these plants for numerous years – composting from my bin, carefully cutting back and harvesting, visiting each plant early mornings to whisper words of encouragement and to give thanks for the blessings they bestow. As some of you know, May is also the month that I celebrate my daughter’s birth. When Lily was young I began an in-depth study of plants and the numerous ways to work with their medicinal qualities. Mountain Spirit Botanicals is one result of my endeavors to explore the wisdom...

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May Newsletter / Late Night Ramblings

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I have a fondness for the month of May - Lily, my daughter, was born in May.  Soon after the birth of Lily I became committed to “The Art of Personal Ritual,” and crafting pure, Botanical skin care.  If not for Lily, Mountain Spirit Botanicals would not exist, so I’d say, “This is a special month to celebrate and offer gifts”.  But before we celebrate, I want to ramble a bit, keep you up to date on my “shenanigans.”  (Remember, you signed on). Here in the Hudson River Valley, May reveals that “winter is over” and Hallelujah! I made it...

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