There is a plethora of wild, entrancing lichen rocks around here. I am always finding rocks on my walk and carrying them home, so I loved going rock-harvesting and bringing truckloads back to our land! I had a hard time choosing because I loved them all. Oui, if rocks could talk, the stories they’d tell!!

These particular ones have found a new home around our pond that our good friend Rico helped us build during his too-short visit from India. He is not only a rock artist but a permaculture activist, teacher and designer. He’s helped us a lot with mapping out our land in the most efficient way, from rain harvesting and water flow to an orchard and grey water. I love hearing about the projects he’s done and is doing in small villages in India. He gets so revved up when he talks about them–his eyes get all wide and passionate. It is really inspiring how he’s found this way to share his knowledge and love for the earth with people. Imagine if everyone, in this very moment, was fortunate enough to be doing what they were most passionate about, offering some positiveness to the world. Wow. That’d be so awesome.

The sudden presence of water on our land is magical. Birdsong all day long and dragonflies and butterflies galore! Not to mention Oso is in heaven. Me, too. It’s my new morning ritual to sit on a smooth, flat purple rock, my feet in the rippling water and tea cup in hand. As soon as the grass gets in I’ll move my yoga practice outside! I love the idea of outdoor living rooms–inspiring spaces that make you want to be outside all the time. If anyone has any fun design resources or ideas for this, share them! Ours is still developing…