Wednesday, June 21, 2017

this day

at the place i call home
where i get to spend more and more time
my love has set up two trail cams
so we can see what the animals are up to.
last night i went through over 700 photos and found a handful of gems.
coyote, porcupine, raccoon, fox, deer, raven, crow
most photos are night taken, they're back and white with bright eye dots.
but then there is this magnificent doe.
 a precious gift.
today is my son ian's birthday.
my solstice child.
here is an image of one of his recent drawings.
he loves to draw home.

solstice today in the north country is cool
stormy skies with strong sunshine peeking through
the birds keep happy and busy.
a happy solstice to you!

Monday, June 19, 2017

all the things

this morning:
four snapping turtles
one walking, two laying eggs, and one road killed
two whitetail yearling does
one kingfisher
one mourning dove
two crows
on the way to my house from Home.
at my house i have a big trip to get ready for:
Victoria, British Columbia: Seattle and Tacoma Washington.
books to sew
paper and supplies to wrap.
organization to attempt.
here's one of a pair of osprey we spotted on vacation

sublime pie in machias
and terrific haddock and clams
 a road killed subject for the sketchbook

 at pbi i met so many remarkable people.
 two young book artists 
had work that moved me deeply
 this is michelle's book 
PARTICULAR
she made the paper and printed it letterpress
it starts quietly and builds
 and builds
 the index
and woody's book 
Words and Vegetables
 this one tickles me
type plays with story and with space
 and this book
parsley
 more typographic play with story integral to that play.
 and I have been reading 
 this book is a long essay about aboriginal ways of living 
how different their relationship to land is compared to the conquerors
a story familiar, like the one here.
only that land is so much more fragile than north america. 
Nourishing Terrains and Braiding Sweetgrass are rich resources 
for my pondering.
 and here is, again, a turtle,
from nourishing terrains in australia
but seen, 
this time of year
 hereabouts on sandy roadsides, 
diligently laying eggs.



Sunday, June 18, 2017

some of the things

what i did on my summer vacation:
well, 
it was this first time i've had a vacation in years!
i played with a (moody) mermaid
walked on water with said mermaid and her friends
and then, oh then there was this place:
schoodic.
 we were chilled on a hot day
and spray-soaked 
and thrilled. like summiting a peak
but better.
the ocean danced with huge rocks
holding fast to the edge.
and our glasses were salt-streaked
my hair another creature completely
we fell in love.
 two days later i met llewyn
on a morning after a sleepless night for his folks
i got his attention for a little bit.
 somehow a new baby becomes
all babies
and you remember your stories
while living this new one.

i'm happy to be more fluent over here
in the blogger of my choice
but will remind all of you dear ones
that you can find my more official self 
at the other place on square space.
that's where books will be sold and events tracked and 
maybe, 
some day, 
a few new things.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

WELCOME

i have a second daughter
my partner's child
she's big sister to my kids 
and this miracle has just happened.
day six for this small one.
welcome, indeed!

you may notice that i have heeded the call
back to blogger.
if you go to my website:
www.velmabolyard.blogspot.com
and click on blog
it will bring you home to blogger
which works easily for my purposes:
communicating with you.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

and here's the blurb

the workshop in Seattle may still have some seats...
please join me and we'll make shifu,
north country style!



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