What an interesting year it has been since last winter solstice..... one of the most whirlwind in a while for me....Lots of changes and growth and dissapointment and joy and sadness all wrapped up into one.

My own personal focus is on creating as broadbased sustainable home for my husband and boys that is both sanctuary and inspiration. The world is moving in some disturbing ways at the moment.... and to be honest i have some significant concerns. It isn't just a question of Business As Usual anymore.... there seems to me to be an underlying malignancy in the world governments with regard to many issues. Most significantly the issue of overshoot or an economy based on an ever expanding resource base. Failed and finite as it is.... this way of looking at the world is not sustainable. Not only that but i feel it is already too late to make significant world wide changes needed to create a soft landing insofar as the majority of the worlds population is concerned. Peak carring capacity comes to mind.You can't help but think it isn't going to end well.

New Image.... DarkNight Tree..... Winter Solstice 2009

Teriaki Venison Jerky

One of the things we did today was make our first batch of venison Jerky from Patrick's hunting foray's into the forest here in the fingerlakes. The meat is fresh and the kids made their own mix with black pepper from the minced venison and we have venison steaks marinading in Teriaki for another batch..... 

Between the lesson in hygiene and food preparation and a discussion of microbes and germs it was both an informative and productive afternoon's work. The boys took an active role in preparing and forming the venison onto the dehydrator trays and of course will get to eat the results.... they LOVE Jerky! Venison is apparently the best.

More photos to come of the finished product....... 


Over the past few days i have been updating and reworking my official artist website. One of the difficulties of having an online presence is the need to stay up to date which takes away from time to create and of course time is a very valuable commodity and has to be used to the best effect. So consequently this workover was more than due. Please have a look and leave a message in my guestbook so i know you have passed through.

Thank you all for your time ..... i know it is indeed valuable.

Bright moments.