More Beauty Please!

“Tongues in trees, books in the running brooks.”

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We need more beauty, and liberation!  I know I always and ever do.  Having an opportunity for both I escaped to Koehler, Wisconsin.  Exploring an Austrian mansion plunked down in the woods with a wildflower prarie  for a backyard cozied inside a loopsy curve in the Sheboygen River.  Called River Bend, built by Koehler as his Governor’s house.

The inspiration for the mansion was this Shakespeare quote, “Tongues in trees, books in the running brooks.”

I spent my time meditating and reading and eating fantastic food on the patio, and reading some more…

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Here’s by the river where I read this perfection from Fire in the Head about Celtic Shamanism by Tom Cowan.

Beauty before me, with it I wander
Beauty behind me, with it I wander
Beauty below me, with it I wander
Beauty above me, with it I wander.

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IMG_2308After which I did indeed wander in beauty on a path flanked with fat beavers plus the river to one side, and a wildflower prarie with deer on the other.

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Out back, and the patio for dining…

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Creeping around the house after dark…

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discovering little details…

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and the parlor and library…

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and this ominous Austrian trunk in which Koehler, Sr. had allegedly immigrated with his possessions.

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(Um –  what is going on here, anyway?  Maybe don’t wanna know.)

But, were there any faeries, you ask?

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Of course!

Hidden in little rock caves,

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and most certainly behind this curious little gnome door…

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I hope you are liberated by a massive dose of beauty real soon!

Fae on Friday – Flower Faerie

Summer Blooming

I made this flower faerie!
I made this flower faerie!


Fairies, arouse!
Mix with your song
Harplet and pipe,
Thrilling and clear.
Swarm on the boughs!
Chant in a throng!
Morning is ripe,
Waiting to hear.

-William Allingham

Today’s Faerie is a summery flower faerie.  Now is the time to let your spirit blossom like summer flower.   (Perhaps you are in a wintry zone now- if so bring a summer feel to your heart.)   Wear something flowery or bright, gentleman this includes you!  Take some time to smell the flowers…

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A couple suggestions for natural perfumes to wear in celebration (Thank goddess there are so many florals)

Visions in the Garden by Chicagoland’s Kindred Earth Botanicals.  Or Gracing the Dawn by Roxana Illuminated Perfume.

Flowers make Missy smile.
Flowers make Missy smile.

What’s your favorite summer flower?