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Shallow Crossing

The flash and gleam of light, the plop and bubble of others, below – the constant play of a world within a world that knows its own secret. Continue reading

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Ironbark (1)

Ironbarks, as their name suggests, are tough trees. Their outer covering is thick, rough and deeply furrowed. Dead bark is not shed but accumulates. As it dies, it is infused with kino, a dark red sap or gum. The kino … Continue reading

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Woo-hoo: Powerful Owl

 When we first set up Olvar Wood, we kept hearing a deep mournful call carrying from far off in the early evenings, like a child speaking into a piece of poly pipe down near the large dams on the citrus grove below … Continue reading

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hinterland

The word hinterland comes from the German hinderland, with the literal meaning of ‘the land behind’, usually the country behind the sea coast or a river, and traditionally, the port and city. In our case, we are behind the coast … Continue reading

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Huorn

In Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, there are dark forces in the forests. The Huorn are ents become more treeish, gone wild. They can still move and speak, but only with ents. They are vengeful, capable of creating darkness, … Continue reading

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Falling Wood

The trees sometimes leave gifts for us at Olvar Wood: driftwood from the sky. Branches and fragments bleached pale grey and rubbed smooth not by the tumble of the ocean but by wind and sun and rain. They fall to … Continue reading

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ash and cupcakes

15 August 2011 The woodpile is shrinking. I had planned to chainsaw more wood today, but I’m tired and it is raining. Yesterday we cleaned out the ash from beneath the fireplace, which had piled right up to within an … Continue reading

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Naming Olvar Wood

The name Olvar Wood is taken from Tolkien’s The Simarillion, in which the olvar are growing things with roots in the ground and the kelvar are animals. It was Yavanna (giver of fruits), the second greatest of the Valar (pure, … Continue reading

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Mongrel Country

It is mongrel country, this place I have come to know. Second-growth forest on ground too steep to farm or run horses. Walking the land, especially in the warmer parts of the year, is tough going. Most of our annual … Continue reading

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