I’m sort of taking the day off, it’s Independence Day here in the US after all, not that a major holiday would influence a perpetual artist. Day, night, linear time doesn’t much affect those living in the creative realm except for perhaps getting to the post office with packages before they close.
I started the morning with some gardening including the daily task of gathering the pikake blossoms and putting them into the ongoing tincture. Since there were too many spent flowers in the potion, before adding the new batch, I filtered it and removed the clear, skeletal looking posies. One of the new tasks I’ve added to the process of filtration is that afterward I will run water through the spent florets that are sitting in the strainer and drink the potion. It’s a delicious, refreshing potion with the notes of jasmine sambac and adds a nice addition to the ongoing ritual.
Besides lounging and enjoying the freedom of it, my main agenda today is reading more of “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness. I’ve been curious about this novel since it came out and a facebook friend mentioned it to me. Then, in January while enjoying the medieval dye garden at Highland Hall Waldorf School, the book came up in a conversation with one of the faculty members. I had brought up the film “Only Lovers Left Alive” which led to a discussion about vampires and the book. It wasn’t until a few days ago that I finally took a moment to have the book transferred to my local library and I started reading it.
The alchemical symbols on the cover immediately intrigued me, followed by the first paragraph with the main character, Dr, Diana Bishop, gathering leather-bound manuscripts from Oxford’s Bodleian Library.
I’m not very far into the novel as I type this, but, I’ve already noticed that the author has a great use of scent in her writing which has added yet another level of appreciation for me. I’m in heaven and hyper conscious of that impending moment when you realize how depressing it will be once you have finished a great book. Luckily this is a trilogy, so the anticipated point of gloom can be let go for awhile.
More soon, in the meantime, the prevailing scent for Independence Day seems to be “smoke” emanating from all the barbeques here in the wooded hills. This evening the note will have an added slightly metallic aspect from the firework festivities down in the valley.