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Have you seen the Green Man? His tracks are everywhere these days…  in the yard, in the woods and around the salt marsh.  He’s been busy engaged in activities that are too often attributed to Mother Nature.

From the trail I can see where he’s been doing his business in the woods, carpeting the forest floor.

Even areas with standing dead wood seem to come to life with him around.

The Green Man has been laboring in secret for thousands of years.  Besides greenery, his signature work includes flowers like forget-me-nots that are frequently found growing out of bounds.

Through the ages, he’s been known by many titles, among them Pan, Silvanus, the Wild Man, Skanda and the Green Knight.  But Mystery’s always his middle name.  He’s busy wherever it’s spring and summer on the planet, spreading his seed and encouraging unbridled growth.  His drawn, painted, or  sculptured image is found worldwide in various cultures dating back to ancient times.  His face is often covered with leaves.

Though you may not get to see him in person, you’re probably familiar with his work.  It speaks to all of us who are looking for a rebirth of the spirit (and the garden) at this time of year.

For more information about the Green Man, see Wikipedia’s entry.

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If you go down in the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down in the woods today
You’d better go in disguise;
For ev’ry Bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.
~ Jimmy Kennedy


Sunday’s afternoon picnic in the community garden was the event of the season for local wildlife of the stuffed variety.   The municipal councillor has made this an annual event that launches the local summer carnival.

Low key and catering to the youngest members of the community, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy books, music and cake under the trees in a garden setting.  What could possibly be more civilized?

The community garden consists of several native species of trees, including a Mountain Ash transplanted from Flandrum Hill.  Flower beds are maintained by volunteers.  Each season sees the addition of something new.  A labyrinth is in the plans for next year.

teddy bear picnic

Events that invite people of all ages to come together in an outdoor setting are at the mercy of the weather, but yesterday’s sunshine was ideal.  Children ran among the trees while bears and rabbits relaxed in the shade.

chess players

Considering how much fun everyone seemed to be having with the outdoor chess set, perhaps there’s a thing or two to be learned from the way toddlers play.  Knights are the most powerful pieces because they look like horses and you can pretend to ride them.  The problem of deciding who goes first or next is eliminated because everyone plays at once and together.  You trade pieces with whoever is willing and are free to depart the game whenever you feel the urge for something more to eat.

too much picnic

As is the case with these events, there are always those who run wild, refuse to eat the crusts on their sandwiches, and then eat too much cake.  Nothing that a good nap won’t set right.  Perhaps we should all do like the bears who gaily gad about, and love to play and shout and never have any care. Maybe we’d all be better for the experience of playing hide and seek among the trees as long as we please.

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