Migration is a theme in our book “The Story of Neeps and Tattie.” Here in the North East, bird migration started at the end of August. With deep connections to the sun, atmospheric temperatures and temperatures of the ground, the creatures around us began their preparation for winter.
Some birds will stay, some will fly south. Those that migrate started to pre-game for their flight by eating as much as they could. The squirrels and chipmunks gathered acorns and seeds from my yard and stashed them away in a secret place for their winter rest.
My tortoise, Tattie, also began to slow down, I noticed it in early September, when the days began to shorten. I thought I was imagining it, but as I read about this marvelous creature, I began to realize he was slowing down, preparing for a long winters rest.
I too am prepping for winter, the firewood was delivered and stacked, screens have been removed from the windows and I have dug out my winter clothes from the attic. Admittedly, I go to bed early, but as the days grow darker, there is a part of me that wants to hibernate following the wisdom of the wildlife around me.
What will you do to slow down this winter season? Will you rest? Will you take this time to reflect and plan for when the days grow longer again? Will you seek warmth by the fire and the warmth of friends and family?
Neeps and Tattie are grateful for all of you who have supported us through our first year. We wish you a Thanksgiving filled with warmth, celebration and the peace of wild things.
Diane and Amy