It was a productive and interesting weekend. There was a beautiful backdrop to the fall garden. The kale continues to thrive.
|My favorite tree.|
There was some quality time spent with my sister with an added benefit of hope, love, serenity and inspiration. We went to help celebrate the 23rd Anniversary of the local Peace Pagoda - always an amazing sight, when coming into the clearing from the woods.
|Not your ordinary sight in the NE woods.|
It was festooned with colorful paper flowers, flags, banners, food, and flowers.
An altar with food and other offerings had been set up before the Stupa, along with a prayer platform and speaker dais. Regional, national and local Buddhist monks and the Buddhist nun that lives and works at our local pagoda led the progression with chanting and drum beats.
|Local and regional Buddhist monks and nuns.|
Buddhist prayers celebrating and giving thanks for the pagoda were given first, followed by an amazing and uplifting array of Jewish, Hindu, Catholic and Protestant prayers that included singing, musical instruments and, lastly, a very powerful poem recited by a very powerful poet. The entire ceremony was to promote peace.
Because I had to pick up my frozen raw dog food (what I don't do for them...) which was thawing by the minute, we had to leave early. We did, however, get to listen to a very moving talk by Oren Lyons, Haudenosaunee Faithkeeper, from the Onondaga Nation. We were both very sorry to miss the rest of the program, but there was all that expensive, thawing dog food... Na-Mu-Myo-Ho-Ren-Ge-Kyo.
Then it was back to the homestead for a hasty lunch of black rice and cumin quinoa and a very short visit. Sunday, I got to check a few things off the list - plant garlic and shallots, re-stack hay, quality time with Juno, rake sheep yard, pawdicures, garden clean-up, bake bread. I find I have gotten a lot more energy back with the dropping leaves and temperatures. The only thing I did not get accomplished was potting the geraniums for over-wintering inside. Since we have a frost/freeze warning tonight, I will wrap them up and hope for the best - as there will be no more time until next weekend!