Trees are bursting into their blossomy leafy cloaks once again and primroses decorate grassy banks The days are filled with sweet song of robin, blackbird, thrush and the tap tapping of the woodpecker down in the little wood has returned. It's a beautiful sound to hear, calming and comforting as bees humming from flower to flower. I've seen brimstone butterflies, bumble bees/dumbledores and many native species ladybirds. The moths have returned at night fluttering against my window. Their eyes reflect my desk lamp and glow like tiny fairy fire embers. New life is everywhere and of course soon the glorious hawthorn will grace us with her white magic. One of my favourite sights and the smell...heaven.
The other day I imagined if the leaves on the trees didn't arrive... What if no flowers came into bloom, no birdsong, no bees. What if we waited and waited but Spring just didn't happen? A horrible scary thought indeed. But we do take everything so for granted. We put such importance on things that really aren't. How can so much value be put on a diamond when water is worth so much more?
It made me think of these words...
Only after the last tree has been cut down
Only after the last river has been poisoned
Only after the last fish has been caught
Only then will you find money cannot be eaten~Cree Prophecy~
Saturday like many people we lit candles and marked Earth Hour. A small statement for change some would say, but change is what is needed. I believe we should all strive to live by the Earth Commandments.
Thou shalt love and honor the Earth for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival.
Thou shalt keep each day sacred to the Earth and celebrate the turning of its seasons.
Thou shalt not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction.
Thou shalt give thanks for thy food to the creatures and plants that nourish thee.
Thou shalt limit thy offspring for multitudes of people are a burden unto the Earth.
Thou shalt not kill nor waste Earth's riches upon weapons of war.
Thou shalt not pursue profit at the Earth's expense but strive to restore its damaged majesty.
Thou shalt not hide from thyself or others the consequences of thy actions upon the Earth.
Thou shalt not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.
Thou shalt consume material goods in moderation so all may share Earth's bounty.
|'The Song Of The Earth Is Love' is the title of my Aceo for Japan. |
shortly and all money will go to
the Red Cross appeal.
Again like all Aceo's it measures
2.5 x 3.5 inches. It is a pencil
drawing on moleskine paper with
some acrylic paint added.
|A tiny gesture that I can offer as I can't begin to imagine how those people affected |
by the earthquake and tsunami are feeling.
Small things do make a difference. From where we buy our vegetables, eggs, tea,
coffee, are they free range? is it fairtrade? What about our shampoo and toiletries?
(I always prefer natural things and products not tested on animals)
Even just our small choices which we might think insignificant affect the bigger
picture so we must remember to be mindful when we choose.
I was contacted a while a go to do a review on here. Now I wouldn't normally
agree, But this company Novica I did find inspiring so I thought yes,
why not and the fact that they have offered a gift voucher which I can give as
a blog giveaway prize was enticing. :-)
So why did I find them inspiring and who are they?
Novica are an online company in association with National Geographic who promote
Fair Trade by Artists and Artisans from around the world enabling them to make a
living by sharing and selling their products. There are some beautiful things to buy
there. Wood sculptures masks, rugs, jewellery, stationary, bags. ceramics, paintings,
weavings, drums, musical instrments... take a look at the coporate gifts
section. I particularly fell in love with these by Mexican artist Marco Polo.
And I love this solar wind
|More favourites of mine are the eco friendly products|
If you would like a chance of winning a gift voucher for $75 to use on the Novica
site, then just leave me a comment and I'll pick a winner in a couple of weeks time.
Until next time tread lightly and good luck x
If you would like to find out more about Novica and their fair trade products
have a look here: