Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Elfin Ladder: II

reasoning was that encounters with natural forms such as the above, can represent opportunities for self-growth, through the phenomenon Jung defined as ‘Archetype’.

With this in mind, I mounted the first rung of my Elfin Ladder with an exploration of the words elf and ladder. Definitions, including symbolic and mythological are widely available. How these relate specifically to me at this particular time, can be of little use or interest to anyone else. (We can only make our own journeys – take our own walks). For
example’s sake, I’ll reveal that at the time of my encounter with this tree, I was on the brink of a big change in my life. It was planned. Secreted within this change however, lurked another.
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Wild Garlic

It’s been a difficult week, but a long walk resulted in the image on the left. It’s wild garlic blossom. Each of the white buds is about the same size as the head on a matchstick and the whole crowd of buds and flowers just opening is growing from a single delicate stem. It’s standing in a tiny liqueur glass and a thimbleful of water. The engineering in this exquisite blossom is breathtaking. Continue reading

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Hot off the Press: The Forest of L’Isle-Adam

If you like forests, check out my book. It’s ‘hot off the press’ :
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The Elfin Ladder: I

A frisson of excitement swept through me the instant I saw this tree. Simultaneously the words ‘Elfin Ladder’ sprang to my lips.

I don’t really believe in elves, nor therefore their ladders.
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