Small Wonders

This is a repost from 2017~

David and I have been away at the American Society of Dowsers Convention in Lyndonville, Vermont. We brought back some good information that we can put to work in our gardening and in the daily clearing work we do here for ourselves and others. The trade off was the many hours we spent in the car coming and going, two days spent indoors sitting, listening to lectures, and three nights spent in hotel rooms where quiet was non-existent except for between 3 AM and 4 AM. Dorothy said it best in The Wizard of Oz. There’s no place like home. This especially true when your home happens to be Light Heart Retreat.

This morning I really relished my walk out to Bragdon Quarry. It was overcast and cool and I didn’t mind it a bit. I paused to pick a few wild strawberries. They’re early and larger this year due to the recent rain. I noticed that despite the big down pour we had a week ago that all but one puddle on the Bragdon road had dried up.

My next wonderful little find was a dark feather, downy on one end. It didn’t belong to a crow or a raven–not black enough. It may have come from an osprey, hawk or an eagle. We find eagle feathers often. I tucked it in my sweatshirt pocket.

It would have been hard to miss the pieces of blue egg shell that were on the road, too small to be a robin’s egg. I’ve been hearing baby birds call for a couple of weeks here, as well as a pair of crows and blue jays go at it behind our house. Sometimes it’s not so quiet here!

I spent about twenty minutes at the quarry in contemplation. There’s a screened hut there for that purpose. I prefer to sit on the ledge. There’s a piece of granite that’s just the right angle and height to support me in a comfortable crouch position. Either the bugs are very much less this year, or my telling the insects, “This is a bug free zone and remember I’m the Quarry Queen, your steward,” is working out, quite well.

Climbing tower hill, returning home, I found a beige feather with wide brown stripes on it. Here’s a hint for you. You hear this bird at dusk and at night and it asks, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you now?”  This feather I could identify, as it belonged to a Barred Owl. We’ve been hearing them nightly, sometimes right outside our skylight over our bed.

While at the dowser’s convention, I heard stories of trips to Atlantis, lifetimes as dolphins, past lives as Egyptian queens and many other wild and wonderful tales from attendees. I could tell a few tales along those lines myself…What brings me great delight and what I most want to share with others though, is the small wonders of nature that one may encounter here at Light Heart Retreat.

No matter what your age is, there’s a child inside of you who longs to be surprised and delighted by nature’s gifts, large and small. If you’re a parent, one of the greatest gifts you can give your children is an appreciation of and experience in nature. David and I are looking forward to sharing the many small wonders of Light Heart Retreat with you and your family*. Bring your berry bucket or basket. The woods are full of blueberries. I picked three ripe ones on the causeway yesterday.

Blessings for the upcoming Summer Solstice, may it bring you plenty of sunshine, berries and cool breezes!


*Since the removal of the Quarry House in 2014, Light Heart Retreat is primarily for adults. I do make some exceptions based upon ages, number of children and if it’s possible to accommodate your small family in one of the two cottages.

Summer’s Come Early to Light Heart Retreat

The bull frogs are chuga-rumming and the green frogs are ga-dunking. The crows and ravens are busy chasing ospreys away from their nests.The lupine is beginning to flower and the black flies are all but gone. The lawns have been mowed. I’ve been dipping in the quarry and it was warm enough to stay in and swim today–too hot to keep pushing around my little red wheelbarrow for gardening and landscape jobs.





This description fits mid June and it’s not even Memorial Day yet!Although we didn’t enjoy the warm temperatures the rest of New England experienced in early spring, we also didn’t receive the torrential rains. It’s been a heavenly spring so far and it looks like the blessing is going to continue.

There’s just one thing that we wish was different. We’d like to be sharing this most beautiful time of the year with guests visiting our cottages. We do have family coming for the Memorial Day weekend, but that still leaves the Huckleberry Hideaway and the Blackberry Cottage all dressed up with nowhere to go!

What are you doing this upcoming weekend? Whatever it is, it’s not likely to match the Light Heart Retreat experience. Here’s a couple of our guest book entries, the first from the Blackberry Cottage and the second from the Huckleberry Hideaway:

“Anyone reading these pages already knows that mere words cannot do justice to what is here…


How can one really describe serenity? Modern man is too often deprived of the simple wonder of a star filled sky, the rush of the breeze through the trees and the haunting call of the loons. Even a brief return to these gifts reminds us of our place in the huge universe. Thank you Joanna & David for sharing this!”Kathy, PA

“We have been here for a week and Huckleberry has been a true paradise. What a beautiful place you have created for rest, relaxation and recharging.  Light Heart Retreat is so peaceful and welcoming. We barely left during our week’s stay.  The sunset view from Huckleberry is breathtaking. Swimming in the quarry, the sauna, the hot tub–all perfect.  Thanks your for the love and care you clearly put into every detail of this magical place. We are forever grateful and will definitely be back again!”
Jen & John,

We have a little stimulus package to offer to the readers of the Dowsing Deva posts and to those who came on board early reading the initial posts made at this site.
I’ve already lowered prices this year and eliminated the cleaning fee. Our nightly fee is less than a good hotel room and you get a spotless, cozy cottage, a great resource library, a wood fired sauna, your own fire pit, walking trails and two swimming quarries with the warmest water you’re going to find anywhere in Maine (think granite swimming pool). You get to see the night sky in all it’s glory. I could go on and on, but our guests do that job for us. You can see many more guest book entries at

Click here for the Blackberry Cottage and here for the Huckleberry Hideaway. Everything you need to know, is there, except this:

Here’s your special offer: An additional $50 off any three night rental (or longer) between now and June 21st.

If you’re interested in spending the upcoming weekend at Light Heart Retreat, please contact me right away. I’m going to have to get Tall Bunyan to venture into the quarry to sweep last years leaves off from the granite shelf below the sauna so it will be clean as a whistle to set your feet upon when you dive into the water after your sauna.  Usually David would not be partaking of this duty until mid June. (I’m too short for this job and I’ll probably have to bake him a couple of rhubarb pies as his stimulus to enter the quarry water this soon).

We hope to see some of you over the next few weeks and more of you as the season unfolds. You can contact me from the HomeAway sites or use the contact form below. Click on any of the photos to see our web site.

We’re taking next weekend off and invite you to come join us as we let the mind rest in heart at Light Heart Retreat.

Blessings for a spectacular late spring!