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Project 365, #363: Christmas Ornaments: Elephant.

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Elephants are another of the very special animals Mum has always had a connection to for as long as I can remember. There are several different ones on the tree, and many more in other possessions Mum has — for instance in one of my presents this year: a soapstone diffuser with elephants carved all around the sides. I’ve given Mum lots of elephants over the years, ranging from plastic to petrified wood to ceramic. It’s her dream to seem them in the wild, though, and that’s one gift I haven’t been able to give her. Yet.

You never know, someday it might happen!

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Project 365, #362 : Christmas Ornaments: Owl.

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A follow-up to my previous Christmas Ornaments post:

Mum told me that this feathery owl is the very first ornament she bought for herself — at age fourteen — which also started her bird collection. Owls are very much a special animal for her, and clearly always have been!

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Project 365, Triptych: Christmas Ornaments: Family.

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#356: Dad and Penguins.

I mentioned how animals were important in my family a couple days ago, how we each of us connect to different animals at various times for a multitude of reasons. What I didn’t say was that Dad has, for as long as I can remember, been pretty ambivalent towards family traditions like this. He didn’t really see the reason we (mostly my sister and I) got so attached to doing certain things and why they were important to us, but he’d go along with it anyway (for the most part) when we insisted.

This has manifested in interesting ways, and the penguins are one of the more interesting. Since each member of the family would get animal-themed presents (in addition to the wooden ornaments I already mentioned, we’d also get things like calendars and figurines and whatever else.) this meant that whether he wanted one or not, Dad needed to have an animal so we could get him presents.

I’m not really sure how penguins ended up assigned to him, actually, because it happened when I was still quite young. When I learned to use Mum’s sewing machine as a child, it was to hem Christmas-penguin fabric into bandanas for Dad. We’d get him penguin toys for his desk, and penguin ornaments for him to hang on the tree. However it came about,  the penguins stuck, and have been ‘his’ animal for years now.  They and my Dad have become forever intertwined.

 

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#357: Mum and Birds.

Mum, on the other hand, has always encouraged our traditions — however much some of the more odd ones have bemused her. She has had many animals that are ‘hers’, and one of the most prominent on the Christmas tree have always been the birds. These are the birds made with real feathers, and wires on the feet to wrap around the branches so they look real. I have no idea how many she has now, but there was a time when she’d receive one or two new ones each year. All are unique, and I’m sure she could recount the story behind each one.

I’ve always thought the birds were one of the prettiest things on the tree, and I think it’s lovely having them perched here and there throughout the whole thing. They bring a little of the woodland into the living room — appropriate in so many ways — and are each beautiful works of art and craft.

 

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#358: Heritage.

Some of the ornaments we hang tell the story of our heritage. Mum loves discovering and learning about the genealogy of her family — a passion she’s slowly rubbing off on me — and we honor it in a number of ways. This viking ship is one of them, since our Danish ancestors were, in fact, vikings! It’s little things like this that help keep those roots real in our hearts and minds, when so much else is lost through the generations of separation between us and those distant relations. And what better time to reflect on our past than on the holidays: a time of family and celebration!

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Project 365, #189: Mum’s Book!

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My Mum is now officially a published author!

I couldn’t be more excited and pleased for her — I know all the hard work and love she put into this book. It turned out beautifully.

The text is clear and conversational, yet full of information. The photos turned out great, if I do say so myself (I took many of them, so some bias may be in that opinion…). The whole result is highly interesting and accessible.

If you’ve ever been curious about the Koren Natural Farming Method I keep bringing up here — BUY THIS BOOK! It’s a perfect introduction to something everyone should be talking about.

And for the record, while being the author’s daughter leads to a certain amount of shared excitement, it has absolutely nothing to do with this recommendation. My family advocates the Natural Farming Methods because it’s something we see the results of every day on our farm, and it’s amazing. I want people to know about it, and this happens to be a great resource to introduce you to the ideas and practices that we’re using on our farm.

Here’s the back cover:

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Doesn’t that sound intriguing? Don’t you want to read it now?

It will be available on amazon.com, but they take a huge cut of the price so the author receives very little of that money. Show support for my Mum, for our farm, for Natural Farming, and for more interesting books on fascinating subjects to be written in the future, with buying it directly. It will be $13.95 (plus s&h), and the website for ordering is coming soon. I’ll post a link here on my blog when it happens.

Keep an eye out for further developments!

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Project 365, #167: Mum at Work.

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Mum hard at work in the back room, finishing her first book. It’s going to be about our farm, and how we use the Korean Natural Farming Method; basically, the long version of a farm tour, complete with photos (some of which I took!). This photo was taken for the 16th of June, for those of you keeping track of how far behind I am on my posts…

As of today — the Summer Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere — she has finished writing, editing, and formatting, and is now waiting for the first proof to be sent from the self-publishing branch of Amazon.

I’m so proud of her for being a soon-to-be published author! Keep your eyes open for later updates about “Hubbell’s Hog Heaven & Liz’s Happy Hens: A Farm Tour. Korean Natural Farming In Pahoa, Hawaii.” By Elizabeth Cannon.

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Project 365, #132: Mum.

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For Mother’s Day, we took a walk by the ocean.

I inherited many things from my mother and her side of the family, and one of them is a deep and abiding love of the sea. It is a powerful thing, the ocean, and it calls to us. It’s in our blood and our bones to have a need to spend time near it, at the very least. Listening to the rhythm of the crash and boom and slap, smelling the spray and healing negative ions, seeing the white horses of the wave’s crest, feeling its pull, longing to be in those deep cool waters.

I think we are descendants of selkies, and certainly we are of the people of Manannán mac Lir. That is a part of my heritage that I take much quiet pride and strength in, and hope one day to honor in some fashion. And part of us will always belong to that watery ancestral home whose soul still touches our hearts with peace and belonging.

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