‘Shire by the Sea’ is one of the pet names we have bestowed upon this land we are dwelling. Evocative of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, this magical place seems cloaked between an elusive Elvin mist of the Undying Lands, and a forgotten Hobbiton nook beyond the South Farthing. If this sounds strange to your ears or you’re not familiar with Lord of the Rings lore, take heed, you will feel the magic stir the moment you step foot on the land, as a long forgotten memory seems to shimmer in the mind’s eye…
The 3 Sisters is a gigantic Ent triplet Sitka Spruce that is the tallest tree on the land, overseeing the greatest 360 of the surrounding vistas. Juan de Fuca spreads out towards the South and the old John Muir Barn hails to the East. The 3 Sisters has swings, including a surfboard and tire swing, climbing platforms and will gradually have up to 7 levels reaching towards the Sky.
Nootka Rose is a prolific companion on the land, providing lots of food for the local bees 🐝 and delicious medicines in the forms of teas, meads, and marmalades.
The tipi is a sacred space devoted to ceremony, celebrations and sleep by the cozy fire 🔥 We had a bear tear into it this year, and although we patched it up, it looks like we’ll be getting a new canvas in the coming year, with the old canvas being up-cycled for our sweat hut.
Nature is our playground and school~Elemental Academy