Hello and Happy Fruit Season from the abundantly fruity Pacific Northwest. This time of year feels very special because for a few short weeks, we can eat berries straight off the bush without feeling the need to hoard them or share them, because their are simply so many of them around.
On my daily run ( okay runwalk ) I can be found actually just eating the berries directly off the tree hands free. I call it mouthpicking. It sounds maybe a little strange but when there is this much abundance it just seems right to go all in. Also, the birds are so happy that when they do their business, bright pink bombs fall from the sky. Onto my windsheild.
This time of year is about simply relishing the abundance of the berry world, and being open to receive from the fruits of nature, and having deep gratitude for the opportunity to fully just embrace the berry juice on your face. And, maybe wearing berries in your hair as a prayer to keep that abundance flowing, far after the berries have dried on the vine.
Here is a shot from last weekend, when a dear old friend showed up on my doorstep in her wedding dress, with a bouquet of lavender and an amethyst, ready to elope to her man who she met in firefighter training school. I of course added a raspberry in there for good measure and a prayer for abundance for their new life together.
I shot a little braid tutorial to celebrate the berry harvest and share with you all…..here, have a berry while you check it out. These should still be warm from the sun.
Cherry Abundance Braids
Here is how I did these braids…..
I sectioned off both sides, and did a braid in each side section, securing the ends with a clear elastic.
I did two diagonal french braids across the back, then braided all the way down the ends and secured them with clear elastics.
Then, I took the ends of the top french braid and wrapped them into a tight bun, pinning them into place.
Then I took the ends of the lower french braid, and wrapped them tightly around the bun, tucking the tail underneath and pinning it into place.
Then, I pulled one side braid up and around the bun, tucking the tail in and pinning the braid into place, and I did the same with the other side braid.
Then, I decorated her hair with fresh cherries, pinning them with small hair pins by their stems.
Oh, and before you begin, while you braid ( or brush your hair) , say a little prayer to the universe for abundance, and express gratitude for what is already abundant in your life. May you be fruitful and juicy in all of your pursuits!