Pine Tree

This is an airy tree, which I mostly associate with freedom, space and breathing. If you ask for my first pine memory, so I see myself as a little girl picking mushrooms in the pine forest of the military band. I can still see the noble and free trees with warning signs written in Russian. I sniff the scent of pine’s turpentine mixed with the excitement of the forbidden fruit.

I had grown up in the 70s of the last century in the places, occupied by the Soviet army and they performed their military exercises deeply in our forests. On weekends, the soldiers had leisure time and Czech families from the neighborhood went into the restricted area to pick mushrooms. And they grew there!! We picked them up despite the danger to be caught or that the soldiers change their mind regarding leisure.

From the same forest I carried home pine bark, from which I tried to carve boats by little children’s knife. I loved the easy processing as well as the beautiful color.

Pine twigs and cones are excellent for fire setting. They beautifully crackle and smell and create romantic atmosphere.

Such are my pine memories. And what is it the present?

I still love the pine forests and still love breathing their fragrance. I feel how it expands and heal my lungs, how it wakes desire for freedom and growth up. Unfortunately, now I live in a place surrounded by deciduous forest with only few pines. I highly consider them. They are my allies in worse times. I return to them when I need to recharge my energy and rediscover my own place in the present moment, since the presence is the only right springboard to the future.

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Lyme disease

It’s a long time from my last post and I’m so sorry for it. But I’m sitting at home with Lyme disease, feeling tired and limited in mobility, eating antibiotics and losing my strong contact with wild plants and trees every day.

Even though I’m over fifty, I used to be healthy, surrounded by herbs. This time I had to ask my doctor for help. The chemicals perhaps work inside of my body, but sometimes I doubt whether in my favor.

If anybody has a proposal how to support treatment of Lyme disease, I would really appreciate it! I wish to break through the wall of my prison and return to the bosom of nature soon. Thanks to all of you!