It’s grey outside. It’s been drippy because there are crystalline drops hanging from the bottom of the bird feeder. They fall when someone lands on it, but slowly re-form, too slowly to watch, but when you look back, there’s another. There are even droplets on the perches.
I’m looking at long tendrils from the clematis swaying in the light breeze. At this time of year they grow fast enough that you can see the different even between breakfast-time and late afternoon. Sam and I are going to have to get out there and get them tucked back up into the rafters. After another year or two we’ll be using the shears this time of the year. Grandma at one point had a vine in the same spot that covered the whole porch.
There was a fluttering, squawking squabble at the feeder. A couple of juncos got into it with a sparrow and a towhee, while a female towhee watched from below. They went chasing around the feeder and then a Stellar jay landed on the far sice, the
There’s a small bird sitting on my exercycle right outside the window. He’s fluffy all down his back and sides, fluffy grey. He’s pecking at his toes to clean them and comments “chirp, chirp” repeatedly: brown head, brown and ochre stripes down his shoulders and the on his wing tips, black beak and beady eye, black throat, light fluff around the base of his head, black eye makeup. Since when did the songbirds turn Egyptian? …and as he flew off I saw the light-colored fluff down the front of him.
The truck went back yesterday morning after dropping off one more load that they put into it the night before. I went after Fawkes with Dhamiana’s crew at the old shop and Sam at the new shop. Sam was putting things together like the file cabinet and such while Dhamiana’s group was still packing.
There was a bald eagle sitting on the Seal Rocks with another dark bird, larger, sitting farther out, but I couldn’t tell what it was. Black pelican, maybe? A heron just scrunched up? I was driving so I only got a glimpse. We stopped and the got the needles for sewing up the pocket books and then rolled on back and on the way saw a heron in Siletz Bay.
We stopped and got a couple of pix in the old shop, which looked really odd, as empty as it was getting. It’s emptier now, since they’re going to have the last stuff moved and be cleaning and patching plaster in the morning!
After that Fawkes and I went down to the new shop and started in, sorting and setting up. There was one display board up, so that’s become the incense display with one of the tables, and the table on the other side is the crystals. I got the incense display done, but the crystals are only on the table, not on the board, yet, and the herbs are to be on the other side of that bay. Eventually. the phone and DSL got hooked up. Rowan has been helping, too, and she and Sam got one of the displays that had to be put back together done right at the end of our evening.
The last display case came down to the new shop right around 5:30 or so and that means that my workstation up front is taking shape. Lots of stuff to sort out there, though…. Fawkes and I, last thing, started on the Divination display case. We got the pendulums and Runes sorted, but had to stop because there are tools all over the place.
Everything is laid out, now, and most of the large pieces are in place. …oh, the books/CD’s/videos are in a temporary shelf and the pottery temporarily in the window. One of the cool things is that I’m going to have enough space to set up the embroidery displays again. We’ve been almost strictly mail-order on that for a couple of years, now. We may even be able to start setting up seasonal displays, as well. I’m hoping, anyway!
Rowan’s bringing a garment rack in the morning, so the clothes will get into a display pretty early.
Herbs Outdoors is going to move the shop plants to the planter boxes at the new shop. That’s going to take a while…. Dhamiana’s crew will be taking down the wall and ceiling bars at the old shop along with the cleaning. Once my teaching duties are done I’m getting back to work on the Herbs display and hopefully I’ll find the crystals for the board in the process.
KC is doing classes in the afternoon at the house. He’s starting with a “What's a Witch?” class and then doing one on candle magick…making them if I remember right. You’ll have to stop at one of the shops or call if you don’t know where Anja’s house is.
We’re going to be open today at the new location. Ok, it’s a mess, still, but come and look around at the awesome new space!
Love & Light,