Autumn is such a curious time of year. We celebrate the harvesting of our year's hard work, and the dying of the year that has been. Yet it is also the time of new beginnings - here in Canada our school year begins in September.
The new must come from the ashes of the old, just as we harvest the seeds for next year's crop from the fruits of this year's labour.
In terms of esoteric work, it is a good time for Initiation. A moment that begins a new journey which takes us deep into the still, quiet winter of our Selves.
And so, on a beautiful autumn prairie weekend, the Grove was blessed to initiate a new member into the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids. Welcome Eilantha! May your journey be blessed /|\
Monday, 17 October 2016
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
It was a beautiful autumn day for our latest Druid Walk! Weaselhead Park is an amazing park along the North West end of the Glenmore Reservoir and the mouth of the the Elbow River. We met and started down the hill, across the bridge and took a trail to the right, going west along the river.
This post is filled with photos, more than usual, as it is just too difficult to leave any out. The sky was just the right colour of blue, the aspen leaves a beautiful golden colour, and the White Spruce trees glorious and green.
The sound of running water always nearby is such a blessing in the city. It is so hard to believe this park is in a city of over a million people.
Another thing that is hard to believe is that after the 2013 flood, unexploded explosives were found here. They have all been since cleaned up according to this UXO brochure, but signs are up to remind us to be careful.
Please have a look at the following pictures, and enjoy the meandering river, the wandering paths and lush vegetation of Weaselhead Flats.
|Sun and Sky, River and Trees|
|Picturesque Wooden Bridge|
|The Bridge Across the Elbow River|
|Branches and Roots|
|A Board Walk|
|A Trail thought the Aspens|
|Leaves on the Path|
|Beautiful River Bank|
|Red Green and Yellow|
|Ducks at the river|
|Wasp Nest in the Sun|
|Bright Green Moss|
|Oxbow in the river|
|Who lives here?|
|Can you see the chickadee?|
|Shades of Green|
|Archway in the Park|
|The Mouth of the Elbow River|
|Erratic near the entrance to the park|
At the end of our walk, we headed for lunch at the nearby Grey Eagle Casino. Great friends, great food, and a beautiful day. It was wonderful. After lunch some of us headed down to another fantastic Calgary Park: Fish Creek Park, for a Bardic Initiation. That however, is a story for another day.
Aine and I both took many more photos, and I just might upload them in another post. They are just to pretty not to share.
Autumn Blessings to all,
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
This was Chinook Hills Grove's first Pride Day with an information booth. Feather, Aine and Amethyst spent the day chatting about the Grove, OBOD and how we practice Druidry in Alberta.
More information on the Calgary Pagan Pride society can be found on their website here.
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Sunday, 28 August 2016
On an overcast day we met at the top of the hill for our August Druid Walk in Battalion Park. This is one of the many parks I have often seen but never before taken the time to stop and walk around.
This place is a commemorative park, and Wikipedia describes it as:
Battalion Park is a geoglyph site in south west Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is located on Signal Hill, overlooking the Sarcee Nation, as well as lands formerly known as Camp Sarcee and later Sarcee Training Area, a military reserve used by the Canadian Forces from before the First World War up until the 1990s. The park extends over an area of 93 hectares (230 acres), north of the Elbow River. Its heritage value is associated with its dedication to the heroic efforts of Albertan soldiers during World War I. The site contains four geoglyphs, numbered 137, 113, 151, and 51. The large, whitewashed stones, totaling 16,000 in all, form the centrepiece of the park. Arranged on the side of the hill, and visible from various parts of the city, they represent the battalions numbered 137, 113, 151, and 51.
From the top entrance to the park, you are faced with a stone Cairn and flags, and then a long wooden stairway down the side of Signal Hill.
There are many signs and plaques telling the stories of those who placed the stones here, and of the Battalions they represent.
Halfway down the hillside, another cairn and plaque with a photo of the Battalion Numbers, laid out on the hillside in white washed stones. (Which, by the way are most difficult to photograph on foot).
As you can see, there are more flags at the bottom, and a partial photo of the Hill Figures.
We walked along the path, below the hill figures, and enjoyed the company and conversation. Below us was a shopping centre and plans for our after the walk coffee stop where made.
We had also had a friend fly along beside us, a chattie magpie!
At the east end of the park we found a lovely Burr Oak tree.
Once we left the paved pathway, we found plenty of interesting plants.
The alfalfa (Medicago sativa) was blooming, but we did not see any bees.
At the west end of the park, we ventured along the sidewalk amongst the homes for a way, and found this beautiful juniper. and this rose bush, covered with beautiful rose hips.
Probably the biggest surprise of all was this pear tree, and all of the little red pears! None of us had ever seen pears growing in Calgary before.
After our walk, and coffee, some of us went on to circle dancing.... more about that later.