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Inspired By Nature - November 2019

By Aimee Flor
on November 01, 2019

Nature Inspirations for November 2019 include: Nature Poem: Autumn Idleness, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) and Nature Music Piece: Symphony no. 6 in F Major, Beethoven

 

 

Nature Poem

Autumn Idleness

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)

 

This sunlight shames November where he grieves

In dead red leaves, and will not let him shun

The day, though bough with bough be over-run.

But with a blessing every glade receives

High salutation; while from hillock-eaves

The deer gaze calling, dappled white and dun,

As if, foresters of old, the sun

Had marked them with the shade of forest-leaves.

 

Here dawn to-day unveiled her magic glass;

Here noon now gives the thirst and takes the dew;

Till eve bring rest when other good things pass. 

And here the lost hours the lost hours renew

While I still lead my shadow o'er the grass,

Nor know, for longing, that which I should do.

 

 

Nature Music Piece

Symphony no. 6 in F Major

Beethoven

Inspired By Nature - October 2019

By Aimee Flor
on October 01, 2019
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Nature Inspirations for October 2019 include: Nature Poem: October, Alfred Austin (1835-1913) and Nature Painting: The Virgin of the Rocks, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

 

 

Nature Poem

October

Alfred Austin (1835-1913)

 

Give me October's meditative haze,

Its gossamer mornings, dewy-wimpled eves,

Dewy and fragrant, fragrant and secure,

The long slow sound of farmward-wending wains,

When homely Love sups quiet 'mid his sheaves,

Sups 'mid his sheaves, his sickle at his side,

And all is peace, peace and plump fruitfulness.

 

 

 

Nature Painting

The Virgin of the Rocks, Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519

Inspired By Nature - September 2019

By Aimee Flor
on September 01, 2019
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Nature Inspirations for September 2019 include: Nature Poem: Song at the Beginning of Autumn, Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001) and Nature Music Piece: Orchestra Suite no. 3 in D Major, Bach

 

 

Nature Poem

Song at the Beginning of Autumn

Elizabeth Jennings (1926-2001)

 

Now watch this autumn that arrives

In smells. All looks like summer still;

Colours are quite unchanged, the air

On green and white serenely thrives.

Heavy the trees with growth and full 

The fields. Flowers flourish everywhere.

 

Proust who collected time within

A child's cake would understand 

The ambiguity of this -

Summer still raging while a thin

Column of smoke stirs from the land

Proving that autumn gropes for us.

 

But every season is a kind

Of rich nostalgia. We give names -

Autumn and summer, winter, spring -

As though to unfasten from the mind

Our moods and give them outward forms.

We want the certain, solid thing.

 

But I am carried back against 

My will into a childhood where

Autumn is bonfires, marbles, smoke;

I lean against my window fenced

From evocations in the air.

When I said autumn, autumn broke.

 

 

Nature Music Piece

Orchestra Suite no. 3 in D Major

Bach

Inspired By Nature - August 2019

By Aimee Flor
on August 01, 2019
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Nature Inspirations for August 2019 include: Nature Poem: Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (Verses 1-9), Thomas Gray (1716-1771) and Nature Painting: St. Francis Preaching to the Birds, Giotto di Bondone (1295-1300)

 

 

Nature Poem

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Verses 1-9

Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

 

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,

The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea,

The plowman homeward plods his weary way,

And leaves the world to darkness and to me.

 

Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight,

And all the air a solemn stillness holds,

Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight,

And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds;

 

Save that from yonder ivy-mantled tow'r

The mopeing owl does to the moon complain

Of such, as wand'ring near her secret bow'r,

Molest her ancient solitary reign.

 

Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree's shade,

Where heaves the turf in many a mould'ring heap,

Each in his narrow cell for ever laid,

The rude Forefathers of the hamlet sleep.

 

The breezy call of incense-breathing Morn,

The swallow twitt'ring from the straw-built shed,

The cock's shrill clarion, or the echoing horn,

No more shall rouse them from their lowly bed.

 

For them no more the blazing hearth shall burn,

Or busy housewife ply her evening care:

No children run to lisp their sire's return,

Or climb his knees the envied kiss to share.

 

Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield,

Their furrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke;

How jocund did they drive their team afield!

How bow'd the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!

 

Let not Ambition mock their useful toil,

Their homely joys, and destiny obscure;

Nor Grandeur hear with a disdainful smile,

The short and simple annals of the poor.

 

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, 

And all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave,

Await alike the inevitable hour.

The paths of glory lead but to the grave.

 

 

Paris Louvre Painting 1295-1300 Giotto di Bondone - St Francis Preaching To The Birds

Nature Painting 

St. Francis Preaching to the Birds, Giotto di Bondone, 1295-1300

Inspired By Nature - July 2019

By Aimee Flor
on July 01, 2019
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Nature Inspirations for July 2019 include: Nature Poem: Summer Vacation, William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Nature Music Piece: Water Music, Handel

 

 

Nature Poem

Summer Vacation

From The Prelude, Book Fourth, Lines 1-11

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

 

Bright was the summer's noon when quickening steps 

Followed each other till a dreary moor

Was crossed, a bare ridge clomb, upon whose top

Standing alone, as from a rampart's edge,

I overlooked the bed of Windermere,

Like a vast river, stretching in the sun.

With exultation, at my feet I saw

Lake, islands, promontories, gleaming bays,

A universe of Nature's fairest forms

Proudly revealed with instantaneous burst,

Magnificent, and beautiful, and gay.

 

 

Nature Music Piece

Water Music

Handel

Inspired By Nature - June 2019

By Aimee Flor
on June 01, 2019

Nature Inspirations for June 2019 include: Nature Poem: Summer is icumen in, Anon (13th century) and Nature Painting: Autumn, Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1573) 

 

 

Nature Poem

Summer is icumen in

Anon (13th century)

 

Summer is icumen in -

Lhude sing, cuccu!

Groweth sed and bloweth med

And springth the wude nu.

Sing, cuccu!

 

Awe bleteth after lomb,

Lhouth after calve cu,

Bulluc sterteth, bucke verteth.

Murie sing, cuccu!

Cuccu, cuccu,

Wel singes thu, cuccu!

Ne swik thu naver nu!

 

Sing, cuccu, nu! Sing cuccu!

Sing cuccu! Sing, cuccu, nu!

 

 

Autumn, 1573 - Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Nature Painting 

Autumn, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1573

A Tip From Aimee Flor

By Aimee Flor
on May 01, 2019

woman beside pink and purple flowersPhoto: Anita Austvika

 

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  • Massage Oil: Massage into skin and allow it to soak in. 
  • Bath Oil: Add 1/4 teaspoon into running water and allow it to distribute through the bathwater.
  • Cleansing Oil: Rinse face with water, apply oil gently over your face and massage for 30 seconds. Apply a wet washcloth for 10 seconds and wipe off all oil off your skin.
  • Makeup Remover: Apply oil on cotton pad and wipe off makeup.
  • Moisturizer: Gently massage into skin with you hands.
  • Natural Fragrance: Apply a drop or two along pulse points. (Pulse points include: behind the ears, wrists, and neck area.)

P.S. Don’t forget to smile, breathe in, relax.

Azalia Body Oils Guide

By Aimee Flor
on April 01, 2019

several vials in white wooden organizer shelf

Photo: Brittany Neale

 

Ginger Tea 



A bright, fresh scent known to help with digestion and morning sickness.


Geranium Garden


A robust floral scent with citrus undertones may help balance changing hormones.


Vanilla Sugar 


Leaves a silky soft-feel and a sweet, balsamic aroma.


Nourishing Body Oil


Moisturizes, protects, and soothes sensitive skin.


Jasmine Dream


A warm, floral scent with tangy undertones promotes relaxation.


Mystical Juniper


A fresh, uplifting scent with woody undertones helps with headaches, colds and flu.


Refreshing Grapefruit 


A light citrus aroma peps up the senses and helps reduce anxiety.


Serene Lavender


A herbaceous floral aroma calms the senses for a goods night's sleep. Helps diminish stretch marks.


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