Building With Stone

How often do you get to stare at bare naked walls? Unadulterated stone, no plaster, no paint, no whitewash, the mortar raked out emphasising the size and shape of each stone and the patterns and types of stone used by the builders.

Patches of flat shale slate bordered with more rounded boulders from the river or just dug up from the earth.

Here a stone so unfeasibly large the builder used it in the very top layer of the house to save carrying it down again unused.

Soon all this will be covered over again with plaster and layer upon layer of whitewash, as it was once before, and it will all be hidden away for perhaps another couple of hundred years.

Zen and The Art of Restoration

It’s May and the weather has broken into sun and there’s a distinct lack of rain. Time to make a start fixing up the roof of our old cottage and learn some lessons on the way.

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Mountain

I wrote and uploaded the first version of mountain back in February, it’s had a few outings at the Tafarn Bach open mic and jam sessions now and has grown to fit its skin. Song writing and playing / singing is an interesting, organic phenomena in that respect – how a song will evolve over time, bed itself down into its tune, words will change, melody will be tweaked, eventually it all settles down but sometimes no two versions are ever the same.

 

 

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Riding The Crashing Wave

 

 

You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered…

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?

Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for your leader.

This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.

And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word ’struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

– Hopi Elders’ Prophecy, June 8, 2000