herbs in bloom

The pyrenees are in bloom. The wild rosemary, thyme, sage and valerian all have beautiful flowers. We’re picking a lot of different plants and herbs to dry. So it’s nettle soup for dinner and vervain tea for breakfast. And in front of our house the sun is doing the drying for us. Laurel, eucalyptus, roses, nettles,…

sacred water

In a world where fire is so dominant, water is our cure. Water brings peace, understanding and calm. The river that flows in front of our French home has taught me this. It has taught me that our culture is a burning one. Making it impossible to sit still and keep focussed, fascinated with speed…

raven

The raven, and his brothers crow and jackdaw, are the most intelligent animals on our planet, together with apes and elephants. Every morning when I open the backdoor to feed our animals they are there waiting for me, greeting me. They had four young this year, now living on the from side of the house, parents…

sally mann

It has been weeks in the city again and by now I am marinated in other peoples thought, feelings and struggle. Longing for time in nature, to ask the trees and the earth and the birds and the sky to help me heal. Tomorrow morning to the unspoiled woods of Germany and in just two…

I would say

  I would say storm. I would say river. I would say tornado. I would say leaf. I would say tree. I would be drenched by all rain, moistened by all dews. I would roll frenetic blood on the slow current of the eye of words turned into mad horses into fresh children into clots…

la taillede

Our dear friends Ali and Matt got themselves into a little adventure and bought this huge old farm not far from us. Every time we visit them so much work has been done. This time the vegetable garden was out and I felt like a kid in a candy store picking as much salad as I could…

wild herbs

Spring feels like summer here in France. Swimming in the river, 28 degrees when the sun is out and picking the first wild harvest which will go on to november! My favorite wild herb is fennel. It grows all through winter  -though very small in the cold months – in front of our house. The fabulous…

spring

It has been quiet here. While life has been nothing but quiet: We have renovated our house in Amsterdam, we got chicken and rabbits and a lot more living space. We have all kind of work projects tumbling over each other. The happy chaos of the children. The problems of daily life. Saying goodbye to our dog. Finding…

princesses

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” Rainer Maria Rilke    

stand still

Stand still. The trees ahead and the bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you, If you leave it you…

egg

Who layed this egg…?