When we moved to Spring Bird, we knew that we wanted to continue practicing the hospitality that Martha and David had been so graciously extending during their years here. Furthermore, I'm madly in love with this place and want to share it with others who are interested in getting to know it better. While staying in the cottage can be one way to become acquainted with Spring Bird, it isn't a possibility for everyone. So, I wanted to create a means for bits of Spring Bird to be sent out to those interested parties in their own places. It's from this wanting to share Spring Bird in a different way that the newsletter Woolgathering was born.
For me to write about Spring Bird, I need to get to know it better. This Thoreau quote from Walden really sums up my reason for being these days:
“I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
I intend to be a student of Spring Bird-- its natural cycles and happenings, and through noticing, dreaming, meandering and re-imagining a relationship with this place, I hope to share Spring Bird in the form of an illustrated newsletter. Since it will be produced and issued seasonally, I imagine the iterative process will more precisely define how it manifests and serves its readers. I'm looking forward to including other writers, too, in order to gain multiple perspectives.
The first issue will be hitting mailboxes soon! If you are interested in receiving a free copy and haven't done so already, please add your name and address to the list by filling out this form.
I'm really excited to share the first bits of wool I've gathered with you and hope you will enjoy it! Thanks!
Anna Lentz, artist and writer, blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.