Seeking balance from corporate life years back in 2005, Monika Roleff stumbled across Lemuria in cyberspace, and became Imogen Crest, Time Travelling Nature Hermit, under the influence of Heather Blakey, educator and Webmistress of Soul Food Cafe – famous global writing and art group. “Imogen” has never looked back, and creates the world as she sees it, through the eyes of nature, in word and art across many eras.
In “real life” Monika Roleff is a writer, nature photographer, consultant, vintage fairs/events curator and facilitator, writing fest co-ordinator, community artist, and more, with an extensive admin and retail fashion/textiles/arts background, and can be contacted on indigo_moon22 at hotmail dot com.
This has been a tough time for many, making adjustments endlessly, with the shifts and changes in the alternating lockdown world. Taking solace in the natural world provides time for new ways of thinking, and gives the certainty that the cycles of Nature are there for us, when everything else is uncertain. Keep strong and stay safe!
Some thoughts on the latest extremes of weather, and the terrible events Australian territories have been enduring in the past week. The hot wind of the past two weeks burned the leaves on plants city and country alike. It was a real worry to see healthy plants sizzling in the conditions, unable to do anything about them, due to this hot wind. However, this week a fine show of new green shoots arrived, against the odds. The weather is cooler, though still summer heat, but there is still relief. It didn’t seem there would be any, in the thick of the wildfire period, which devastated the nations’ soul. Prayers went out to all concerned, locally and around the world, and this tree then is a symbol of rebirth, as everything gradually heals with love and time. Blessings also to the people of the northern climates, who have been stricken with such an excess of water as has made life very difficult for them. I hope things improve for everyone as time goes on. Truly a land of extremes, these weeks have tested everyone completely, and compassion has shone through, just like the persistent green foliage coming through.
Uplifting and inspiring, this anthem “If Everyone Cared” from the group “Nickelback” courtesy of You Tube, pays homage to some amazing people who have done a lot to lift the collective spirits. People might think there is nothing they can do, but it appears the opposite is true. This clip pays homage to these amazing people, particularly Bob Geldof, whose work has been a real inspiration to Heather Blakey, Soul Food Cafe’s creator, because they were able to create positive change. The lyrics are brilliant and say some profound things. Certainly enough to lift the spirits.
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All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair—
The bees are stirring—birds are on the wing—
And Winter slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!
And I the while, the sole unbusy thing,
Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.
Yet well I ken the banks where amaranths blow,
Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow.
Bloom, O ye amaranths! bloom for whom ye may,
For me ye bloom not! Glide, rich streams, away!
With lips unbrightened, wreathless brow, I stroll:
And would you learn the spells that drowse my soul?
Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve,
And Hope without an object cannot live.
Oh, they have robbed me of the hope
My spirit held so dear;
They will not let me hear that voice
My soul delights to hear.
They will not let me see that face
I so delight to see;
And they have taken all thy smiles,
And all thy love from me.
Well, let them seize on all they can: —
One treasure still is mine, —
A heart that loves to think on thee,
And feels the worth of thine.
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Attribution: Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 337, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
On the following day of Lori’s post picked up by Portugese WordPress, English WordPress have captured the post made giving the news, with Temple of Solace again appearing as “Featured Blog”. Fantastic. This follows Heather’s post for Bo being featured a little earlier this month. The Temple is proving a place where people want to gather.
On Saturday the 11th August 2007, southern hemisphere time, Heather’s “Wintered Womb” post for Bo was featured blog for WordPress in English Language (above), and then in Spanish (below). Here are the shots of the selection, showing the Temple and what it offers, as well as a great post and image from Enchanteur. We are all really proud. (Imogen)