Everything in life is speaking, in spite of its apparent silence.
~Hazrat Inayat Khan
There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.
“Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle … a seed waiting to sprout…”
“Winter is the time for comfort – it is the time for home.”
~ Edith Sitwell
I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.
“… a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream.”
This is as close to Heaven as I want to be.
“Come to the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like falling leaves.”
This last quote, by John Muir is my favorite. I clipped it out of a magazine early during the time when we were planning our home here, and later in a thrift shop here in our tiny town, I found a wooden plaque, with this quote stamped in leather. I have it hanging in our guest room hoping they will feel some of what I feel here.