Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me. ~Henry David Thoreau
There are some things you will not find here at Light Heart Retreat, such as dishwashers and broadcast T.V. To tune into NATURE simply do your dishes and look out the window. There is always something beautiful and exciting to watch on the Light Heart Nature channel. Those are turkeys for you who are new to this mode of dish washing.
After you’ve got the breakfast dishes done, you may want to extend your viewing to include the trails. This is my private way out to Bragdon Quarry. The dew will find you, too, at your cottage. That’s one lone asparagus plant beaming the light of dawn. Oh…just like me 🙂
I love the early morning light as the dawn trickles through the leaves of maple, oak, birch, popular, spruce and balsam, spills over the moss strewn boulders–playing off the shadows. Hmmm…yes, just like me:)
The sun takes a dive into the cool, still quarry water and sends splashes of sunlight back to the source. Me too, but I make a lot of ripples.
Many guests look forward to sitting in the mediation hut safe from bugs. I lean my butt up against a natural granite bench on the ledge and crouch like a Bedouin in her tent. I tell the insects, I am the chief steward here and this is a no fly zone. The birds are most welcome to come and chat me up. And they do.
Always keep an eye out for eagles. They often leave a gift. Most often I find the curved little heart feathers that have been preened loose from the breast while they’re roosting in the big pines around the quarry. (Please don’t write me and tell me it’s illegal to have an eagle feather…I know, I know, I know.)
This canoe was made possible by The Home Angels, from the profit we made on a local renovation. Seeing the boy out shooting hoops in front of his home, that’s a big payoff too.
It’s a different quarry when you’re viewing it from the seat of a canoe, or if your agile, the sky is a different sky, looking up from the bottom of the canoe. So I’ve heard.
Please enter slowly into this circle, it’s sacred. Pause at the entrance , breathe a few deep breaths with eyes closed and center yourself. Ask the ancestors for permission to enter. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your prayers answered and to receive healing here.
In the morning stand beyond the Holi Stone and send your prayers through the circle to Sun in the East. In the evening, send your intentions and gratitude through the Holi Stone facing West to Sun.
FYI we are our own ancestors– the ones we’ve been waiting for to save us all. The Cosmic Creator has a great sense of fun and humor. Thank God for that! 🙂
Newbies to this site may like a peak at the Huckleberry Honeymoon Hideaway. From the balcony you can look over into the stone circle and west across Taunton Bay to watch the sunset from the comfort of your cottage The poor folk staying at the Blackberry Cottage will have to hike the length of a football field to the big granite bench that rests beyond the Holi stone. The bench is nice and warm from the suns rays and you may get to see a porcupine coming out of the granite rip rap condo’s for the night. They are pretty cute. Steer clear of mothers with babies especially though…give them a wide berth.
Oh dear, I was speaking about the sunset and I wasn’t done with the dawn’s light theme yet. The little white lilies open in the morning sun shining forth their love and gratitude for the wonderful guests at the Blackberry Cottage who bring their coffee and bread out to the settee and oooh and ahhh and do a lot of sighing in the warmth of the sun. They have a front row seat for sunrise over the quarries. The Blackberry Cottage has its perks, for sure.
Tah-Dah! Here’s the humble, cute-as-a button Blackberry Cottage who doesn’t mind taking a back seat to neighboring cottage with the big deal hot tub. There are many sightings of deer and porcupines, and of course turkeys, through the window over the kitchen sink that overlooks the back lawn. There’s also been a 5 AM moose sighting. You know what they say, The early bird gets the moose.
Well dear friends, the sun is getting high in the sky and my tumbly is rumbly. Thank you for keeping me company on my morning stroll to some of my favorite places at Light Heart Retreat. The pictures don’t come close to the real thing you know, but don’t take my word for it. Come and experience the magic of Light Heart Retreat for yourself.
The Dawn’s Light in me Greets the Dawn’s Light in you! Namaste`~
Joanna Pinney Buell
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