Sunday, March 28, 2010

Over the Weekend...

Over the weekend...


The wise ones of the forest stopped by before their grand entrance on Easter Sunday...



Every year the Easter Hare comes to visit from the other side of the world where it is spring. We polish our ripe autumn apples (with magical stars inside!) and leave them as a gift for him, in return the hare comes bounding through the woods to share some bright cheer. He brings the gift of warmth with him so we can stay nice and cosy as the days grow cooler - a nice new warm hat and the first warm pyjamas of the year, but he always brings some special brightly coloured eggs. Some of the eggs have a beautiful golden centre to remind us that Father Sun will be back soon after he has finished visiting the folks on the other side of the world for a while. 

The other eggs that the Easter Hare delivers are extremely special indeed. They are magic eggs from his home land of sun and warmth. These eggs are the homes of the wise ones of the forest who will pop out and share their many bright happy stories and secrets. Because it is now sunny spring in the land where they come from, these wise ones are always ready to shed their shells around easter time. As a most magical gift, they ask the Hare if he will transport them to the children in the cool Autumn lands so they can give their little homes and bright cheer as a symbol of hope and new life. They come to remind us of the joyous festivities in nature that will arise after Mother nature has cooled off for a while. They bring with them the warmth and magic from their homeland to make sure that we are kept all snug - just like they have been in their cosy fluffy egg shaped homes...

Bear with me here... this story is still just clumsily (very clumsily) forming in my head! Any ideas? I'll be telling the whole story properly using needle felted puppets (which I've yet to make) before we embark on our egg hunt. I don't want to begin the whole chocolate egg thing, so am trying to make this extra special and magical in place of the usual tradition. I think Aria is probably still a little young to get what I'll be going on about, but I think she will take in the specialness of the situation. I'm hoping to create something that encourages a serene sense of gratitude for mother nature's changing seasons and natural cycles of renewal - something beautiful, childlike and enchanting that we can look forward to each Easter.



I wonder what magical heart warming stories this wise one has in store for us during the following cooler seasons?


Some other things from our weekend...




A loooooong walk along the beach...


I could just feel the toxins melting away in the gentle Autumn sun while the waves coaxed my feet :) 





So many gifts from nature to be found...


Aria made some interesting discoveries...


and later on we enjoyed taking some rather atmospheric time out during Earth Hour...



With Peace and Love xxx


9 comments:

Kelly said...

Your Easter story is magical. Such vibrant colours and lovely wise ones! As for those shore shots - I am yearning for the sea again now. In these last two weeks of pregnancy how good it would be to go for long walks along that shore...Goodness, you really live in beautiful surroundings. Your little Aria looks too cute with those big shoes on. Something so special about candlelight. My husband ended up enjoying reading by candlelight during Earth Hour alone! I fell asleep with the boys at around 8pm and woke up to one of them being sick at 11pm! Poor little chap!
Enjoy the rest of your beautiful weekend.

Melissa said...

Kelly, you're in the last 2 wks of pregnancy! Wow! No wonder you fell asleep in a darkened house at 8pm, hehe. What a joyous time you have ahead of you - the birth of a new little soul into this world is always such an infinitely special blessing. I'll be thinking of you as you enter this sacred time - love, love, love!!! (and lots of hugs)

mamapoekie said...

So beautiful!

nocton4 said...

love and blessings of peace right back to you, sweet Mama xxx

softearthart said...

Something beautiful and enchanting indeed, cheers Marie

indigomumma said...

oh WOW! Melissa, your Easter story is beautiful and so is your wonderfully colourful eggs and nature folk that you have created. You are certainly creating a magical and wondrous Easter and Autumn experience for your precious little Rainbow. love to all xxx OH - by the way, we made some of the wet felt eggs the other day - I am planning root children in them for Easter.... did you know that once you cut the egg open, you can wet felt along the edge (where one normally blanket stitches) to felt the edges together? I didn't know this, I have just been blanket stitching to hold the layers together! Anyway, you may already know this, but just thought I would share JIC. xxx So if you want to do this - just soap and wet and rub along the edges to felt them together :)

indigomumma said...

OH - and ps... LOVE the fabric of the wise one's! :)

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

incredible mama. love it all!!

noblemama said...

Gosh. Your photography, crafts, and experiences captured in this post are so inspiring. Lovely Easter crafts, mama. I'm so inspired.