Solstice 2017

December 21, 2017

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Some leftover snow and lots of hairy frost made this morning special!

 

https://elizabethtweets.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/solstice-sculpture-at-the-woodwynn-peace-garden/

 


Great things at Woodwynn

December 6, 2017

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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!

 


Things from the Herb Garden (Woodwynn Peace Garden)

July 12, 2017

 

It is incredibly beautiful right now. And especially satisfying to be harvesting products, like bundles of herbs, for the market!

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Perfect summer day at Woodwynn Farms

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!


Snow Day at Woodwynn Farms

February 7, 2017

I couldn’t stop taking photos this morning!

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The Road To Woodwynn Farms.

 

 

Today was pretty special out at the Woodwynn Peace Garden!

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Solstice – 2016 at the Peace Garden

December 21, 2016

When “Solstice” was first installed at Woodwynn (last spring) I promised myself to be there at sunrise on the morning of the winter solstice. And today, with Deryk, I did just that. We arrived early. It was still very dark and we walked around as we waited for dawn, almost feeling the world turning under our feet in order to reveal that first glow in the sky. At first we heard an owl and then other birds awoke with different sounds. A flock of geese flew over and we laughed at the trumpeting noise. There were clouds today so when the light did appear, it gave a soft, shadowless feeling. There’s an infinity of moods in the Peace Garden. This morning was extra special.

As many of you already know, the sculpture was inspired by a quote by Albert Camus: “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” (as translated in Lyrical and Critical Essays, 1968)

Here are a few photos:

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Article about the Peace Garden

August 8, 2016

Starts on Page 6 of the August “Eyes on BC”.

By David Morrison.

 


Skydiver and fish

July 24, 2016

Great day at Woodwynn yesterday. Caught this very special moment with my cellphone!

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End of June – Woodwynn Peace Garden

June 30, 2016

Something new from Deryk….  this one didn’t “get away!)

(We’re watching the movie “Big Fish” to celebrate.)

We had a warm spring so perhaps the timing will be different in future years, but this year, June was an amazing time of colour in the Peace Garden. The lavender bloomed all month and many of the sage plants bloomed as well. We actually expected all of the sage plants to flower but it seemed to be pretty random. Perhaps since they are still really relatively new plants (just a year old) it will take time for them to all flower or perhaps there will always be some plants that don’t flower in a given year.

 

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Apple tree lane is thick with apples that are full size and quite red at this point and beautiful pink poppies appeared by magic near the meditation nest.

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We’ve kept up with the watering. We’ve almost kept up with the weeding….

We never stop appreciating the beauty of the location and we are always grateful to be a part of the farm!

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And there are interesting developments around the farm outside of the Peace Garden as well 🙂

 


Some much needed rain at the farm today

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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