Hello you all! I hope you enjoy the read and are inspired by it...
This picture reminds me of a childhood song that roughly translates: “… a sailboat seals the sky and ocean with a blue kiss…”
Have you ever been to the beach and heard the roaring ocean, saw the seagulls crossing that fantastic Technicolor blue sky, smelled and tasted the seasalt from the foamy spray and felt the tiny bits of sand tickle your ankles? How did that make you feel?
I grew up by the sea. I remember walking to the beach with my family only minutes after the sun had come up. The sand looked amazing… as if tiny bits of gold had been left behind by the receding tide and glittered gleefully as the cool morning sun struck them. It gave me such joy to feel the wet sand creeping up between my toes and hear the wind violently sweeping my hair against my ears…
I moved away from those shores a long time ago. And even though my world is different now I have found joy and inspiration in nature - EVERYWHERE in nature. I ended up getting a degree in Biology, because I wanted to "see" nature thru different eyes. It amazes me that most of us will look at a wildflower and never know how beautiful it is in the molecular level under a microscope.
Photo from The Shiny Pebble
Throughout my home, you will see this adoration for natural things: seashells, naturally shed feathers and quills, fossils of extinct animals, live plants… fresh herbs. I have surrounded myself with bits and pieces of the natural world. I look at swirly patterns in objects and see a winding nautilus or an unfurling rosebud. I love granite, slate, woods… and whenever possible, I will pay for natural materials over synthetic.
Even my blog name is derived from Nature's stronghold: The Shiny Pebble. Most people don't notice the tag line at the very bottom of my blog. It reads: "I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with." - Plato
Gardening has also become part of my daily routine. It calms me down. It re-energizes me. I would love to share a little project with you. Herbs are such a fun little luxury and so easy to grow. You can buy young plants from the hardware store or garden center and pop them in a pot, set them in a sunny spot to enjoy for the whole Summer. But, they are also very easy to grow form seeds and are a fun project to do with the kids.
Here is a short tutorial on how to grow herbs from seeds:
A medium size pot
A bag of Potting Soil
One pack of seeds
Spray bottle with clean water
Fill pot 4/5 of the way up
Water it thru
Sprinkle seeds on top
Tap them down lightly with your finger tips
Spray the whole surface with water
Cover with plastic wrap, leaving a corner loose to vent
Set it in a shady spot and spray water on it whenever you think it may be drying up. You want the surface of the container to remain moist in order for the seeds to germinate. So keep an eye on it. After a week, start moving the pot towards the light. Once the little green leaves start to sprout water it through whenever it needs water. In a few weeks you will have wonderfully fragrant herbs to use and enjoy around the house.
When I am digging in the dirt and a drop of water touches my face or a light breeze tousels my hair, something misfires in my brain and takes me back to those sweeping winds, foamy sprays and sandy toes.