Urban Homesteading and Faery Gardening

For many of us, this last third of 2012 marks a change in direction, and for some, the coming together of long held and carefully nurtured dreams.

In keeping with the change in seasons, David and I have some big shifts in store. He has accepted American Airlines’ “Early Out” package, and we will soon relocate to Goshen, Indiana — the adorable, artsy, eco-friendly, service-oriented town where his parents live. They’re both in their eighties, and we all realized that we could significantly improve their quality of life (and ours) by “right-sizing” and moving within walking distance of them.

This past week, we picked up keys to our new little eco-haven. It’s actually a new/old eco-haven — an older property taken down to the studs and refurbished with energy efficiency in mind. We’ve been given carte blanche to turn the wild yard into a permaculture and gardening spot with beauty, sustainability and possibly even our own backyard labyrinth. Our front porch can double as a coldframe/winter cold crop greenhouse, and we’ve got expansive Southern windows with deep sills for my indoor herb garden. Those who know how much David and I love wild food foraging and caring for the Earth will realize what a dream come true this living arrangement is — particularly since it involved zero looking on our part. The land and home synchronously came to us as a near exact match to the wish-list on my iPhone.

Our lease in Madison ends on November 30, and we have a two month overlap of leases for our relocation. We do intend to continue offering Raph events in the Dousman area; however, after this month, those Dousman events will not happen again until 2013. Depending on David’s new work schedule, the Dousman events will probably occur bi-monthly or quarterly. The Madison events have had such inconsistent turnout that we will focus on Dousman as our WI locale for Raph events, although we do plan to visit friends and family in Madison from time to time. We’ve also both got many connections in the Chicago area, so Chicago events may begin happening in 2013. Stay tuned on that …

I’m just so excited about the possibilities! Even though we have much more room at this new spot, I intend to utilize all I’ve learned about gardening “up” and growing in small spaces. That way we can maximize yield. We’ll also be planting tons of medicinal wildflowers and some fruit trees and bushes, combining beauty with powerful productivity. I’ve spent a lot of time researching the magickal properties of plants and will incorporate some faery attracting and protective non-edibles around entrances and the perimeter. We already have loads and loads of wild violets and, as shown above, wild petunias that self-seeded in the formerly overgrown yard. Not much grass in sight: our ground cover includes purslane, dandelion greens, chicory and plantain. Salad right out the door! Even more than the free, no work greens, we’re excited about becoming stewards of this land — loving it and working with it to express Earth’s bounty.

As 2012 continues to accelerate, I know many of you also face relocation, career and/or significant relationship changes. Please know that you are not alone in this process! I have clients all over the world, and so many people find their lives imminently unrecognizable. Change seems like the tall order of the day. Whatever your own deepest longings, visualize, imagine and intend well: wonderful changes await those who invite and receive them.

Peace!

17 responses to this post.

  1. Great pic, Laura. You look truly happy! Happy shifts in deed. Continue in grace. G

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  2. Thanks, G! Yes, truly happy and in love with life. Peace!

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  3. yay! very excited for you both. can’t wait to see the enchanted garden in person soon! love you!

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  4. Love you, too! xo

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  5. Posted by janee on September 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I Love this post – I Love all the Gaia, earth, critter, growing thing Love that you’re doing – in addition to Loving and interacting with David’s parents. Yay for you and Yay for all others of us making huge changes now and soon . . . In Love – always Love . . .

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  6. Yes, it feels like quite the homecoming! Much Love all around …

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  7. Posted by sandy jo on September 13, 2012 at 3:16 am

    As my summers usually go, I haven’t been able to see much of the meet-up group. I will truly miss you both and hope if & when you visit I am aware of it and can say hi. Hopefully, there will be an opportunity to see you before you move. I am so excited for your new adventure and thank goodness for the blog to keep some connection with you. Much love to you both…..sandy jo

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  9. Oh, Sandy Jo, so nice to hear from you! Hopefully we can get in at least one more potluck at Brian and Ingrid’s before we leave. We love you, too, and have already missed you this summer!

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  10. And, yes, any time we come to WI we will likely combine it with an event, so there will at least be a heads up on the blog. If we can time things so that there’s a potluck or other gathering of friends, that would be great.

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  11. Posted by Barbara on September 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    HI Laura:

    Now, that’s what I call walking your talk! Good for you and David. Many changes happening and it’s all good. Love to you, Barbara

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  12. Yes, although my walk is more like a flit these days, zooming around all happy and flighty. 🙂 Love to you, too!

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  14. Inspiring!

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  15. I am glad I found your post. What wanted to say is that I wish you luck in your efforts. What are you and your husband trying to accomplish is a great idea and I hope everything will work out well for both of you. Especially with the passion you have. The fact you decided to replant the old building site and make it into a completely new place full of life, flowers and plants is amazing. As you said it´s not only about planting seeds, it´s about creating something, about trying to change something and to make the whole bloom with life and colours again. I´ve been in gardening business for a many years – from sharing gardens project to the guerrilla gardening and more, but I´m always happy to see people with such a passion and talent for working with nature.

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  16. Thanks for stopping by, Julie! And thanks for all the work you’ve been doing with Earth and Nature. Blessings!

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