December 6, 2017
So many wonderful things at Woodwynn Farms lately – the market is thriving, the Peace Garden has irrigation (thanks to UVic students who acquired a grant and did a LOT of work!) and, well, the picture above might be related to the collection of water but I think it must be that Deryk has joined SETI and is trying to hear that message from ET!
June 24, 2017
I don’t need to say much here, the photos show how full and beautiful our time at the farm can be. It is truly a garden of peace. Hay has been cut. Wild flowers are blooming. The sage is lush, the lavender is dense, we see green blueberries that will soon ripen and kiwi flowers that will eventually be delicious fruit. And so much more!
May 28, 2016
Sage, apples, lavender – everything is growing beautifully at the Woodwynn Peace Garden! With the weight of the fruit, some of the trees needed staking and that was on today’s task list.
And we’ve been watering for several weeks now – with an easier system than last year… bigger barrels, more of them, and a pump with long hoses that spray. This is bliss compared to last year – small barrels, a holding tank, a short hose and the dip-the-pitcher-into-the-buckets-that-are-too-heavy-to-carry method of hand watering. This was slow, but it did give us a chance to assess each plant every time we watered. Now that the plants are well-established, they need less attention and less water as well so it’s still a task, but not as grueling as last summer. Just the same, all the water still comes from a distant pump on the farm and has to be transported with a truck.
Even with our easier system, the forecast of a cooler summer is welcome to us! We were delighted with today’s rain. Glad that the volunteers who came out today were not afraid of the weather and we thank them for all the weeds they pulled! The compost heap is now Very Full. We have the weed situation basically under control, but we know that those thistles and blackberries would dominate quickly if we left things for more than a few weeks. That’s why we keep at it, every week, during the growing season.
Oh and I can’t stop playing with panorama shots and iPhone “special effect” apps. This image is the east barn near the pump house.
February 10, 2016
I’ve had some fun playing with the photos of the start of the meditation nest that Deryk is building at Woodwynn. This overlooks the Labyrinth in the Peace Garden and will be a place for quiet reflection.
January 26, 2016
The weather didn’t stop visitors from Providence Farms this morning! It was wonderful to share ideas about farm spaces that can be made open to the public!
December 29, 2015
Of course during the winter there is a lull for some of work in the Peace Garden. It’s been raining a lot so we certainly don’t have to water. The weeds have slowed down and according to my notes – they won’t be needing much attention till sometime in March.
But we still have the urge to be on the site at least once a week. It’s beautiful in the rain and mist and the shadows are stunning when the sun shines on the short days. Also… there are paths to maintain, more artwork to plan and create, more driftwood pieces to build etc.
As for guests, we’re especially delighted to see them at this time of year! Dress warmly though…. 🙂
November 12, 2015
It was the perfect place to be on a sunny November day.
January 21, 2015
A while back I wrote a blog post about a sculpture I was envisioning for a very special location at Woodwynn Farms in the Woodwynn Peace Garden:
The idea was based on an Albert Camus quote that truly inspired me: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” (By the way, I would love to know the exact source of this quote – which book, article or ?)
The sculpture was to be called “Solstice.” As it took shape, it became a collaborative piece – by me, Sam and Deryk and we proposed it for the recent Nanaimo public art call.
We are delighted that our proposal has been accepted! We found out yesterday that we are now funded to build the sculpture. It will have its first home in Nanaimo, probably at Maffeo Sutton Park where Deryk and Sam have had previous sculptures installed. As part of a rotating exhibit, it will be returned to us eventually and then it will go to Woodwynn.
The theme is transitions (seasonal or otherwise) that happen to people and to the natural world. It will be in steel and recycled glass. I originally thought that when it eventually moved to Woodwynn, it would be placed to maximize the light during the summer solstice, but as I stood at that location on the morning of winter solstice this past December, I realized that although less people may want to visit in winter, the effect of low winter light rising in the south would be wonderful. So our plan is to have it in the best possible spot to capture the first morning light on the shortest day of the year.
We are really thrilled to be able to add this part to the ongoing project!
December 31, 2014
The end of the year. Some doors close. Others are just opening.
Every day I feel gratitude for Woodwynn Farms – the project that has been so large in my life this year. And it will be for 2015 as well, I am certain.
It’s more than fitting that the year ended with Richard finding a “portal” into the Peace Garden. A door from an unknown location that had been residing in a loft for who-knows-how-long! Soon the dog, the door, Deryk and I were all in the back of Richard’s truck as he helped to deliver the door to the spot where it fit perfectly. I know doors are standard sizes but I’ve still seen lots of times when it was very hard to find the right door. This was sort of a door miracle in my opinion! And it looks amazing!