Closure… with Cottongrass

It is with a little regret but with an overall feeling of rightness that I have decided to close this blog. Since 2012 I have been writing poems for the land and myths for the old gods of Britain and documenting my spiritual path.

This culminated in the publication of Gatherer of Souls and my lifetime vows to my patron god, Gwyn ap Nudd. Since then I was a little lost, my cauldron was a little empty, until, with Gwyn’s guidance, I found a new path in life as a trainee restoring the Manchester mosslands, and through this serving my gods.

Since I started I have been channeling my awen into it in various ways from the more obvious, like writing poetry for a poetry trail and an article on the prehistoric archaeology of Chat Moss, to the less obvious like working on an introductory booklet to peatland plants, a management plan, and a funding bid.

Above all I have enjoyed being the awen. Sowing, propagating, nurturing, and planting the peatland plants and fixing the broken pipes and bunds. Seeing the difference we have made as the plants grow and the water levels alter.

Another reason for closure is that since… I’m not quite sure when… I stopped living my life as my own but as material for poems and blog posts. I want to be in the moment, rather than rehearsing how I am going to retell it.

Before I close I would like to say a huge thank you firstly to my patrons who have supported me through a difficult period and made these blog posts possible. I would also like to thank all who have followed and commented.

And to close… here is a photo of common cottongrass in flower around a pool filled with Spagnum cuspidatum on Little Woolden Moss showing how well some areas have recovered from peat extraction following restoration. 

26 thoughts on “Closure… with Cottongrass

  1. harrietsams says:

    Bellied Lorna, you’ll be missed! I’ve loved flowing your blogs and poetry. Thank you for sharing. I understand the call of the real, though. I wish you so much joy in what you do next. /|\

  2. James Lawer says:

    Thank you for all your postings and withinal to have shared your journey. I have gratefully stored all your postings on my computer; I have read your books; I leaped from your postings to the Gods and Radicals website; I have been inspired at times for the work I do here in New York City.
    I wish you well on your continuing paths. I feel abundantly rewarded by your work in restoring the land.

  3. valentinamoreliwordsaresacred says:

    Reading your blog posts has been a wonderful experience, Lorna. I’ve learnt tons of new things regarding Celtic culture and tradition. Your personal musings and worldview has opened up a new colourful universe full of insight. I wish you the best of success with whatever you decide to do in your life. You’ll be greatly missed.

  4. tandderwen123 says:

    Hi Lorna
    Will miss your blog-have really liked the poems , admired your honesty and really appreciated your thought-provoking ideas and the important issues you have covered
    However totally get it that you feel it’s time to move on -all the best Gwynn

  5. barefootwisdom says:

    “I stopped living my life as my own but as material for poems and blog posts. I want to be in the moment, rather than rehearsing how I am going to retell it again.”

    So much respect for the wisdom of this, and for all that you have done in this space. Blessings on your journey!

  6. contemplativeinquiry says:

    I shall miss your blog, Lorna, and what it so distinctively, and with such integrity, it stood for. I also understand your recognition that something is at an end, and that it is time to move on. Many blessings on the next stage of your journey.

  7. Ogden Fahey says:

    Oh, that’s a pity, I have enjoyed your WordPress blogs – you shall be missed. I hope whatever you focus on is rewarding.

    Why not just keep the blog “as is” so it can be a resource for readers, or is that not possible?

  8. Victoria says:

    Brightest blessings on your journey!
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and opening portals. ❤️

  9. Kevin Pilsbury says:

    As one door closes another opens.
    While I will miss your posts I am truly happy for you as you move forward into this next chapter in your story.
    May the fullest blessings of the land, sea and sky walk hand in hand with you as you venture through this next journey.

  10. locksley2010 says:

    That is a shame to read, especially as I’ve only started following you recently. But from I’ve read, you’ve come across as someone who not only feels with their soul, but gives there work as service to the Divine.

    Totally respect your decision and sincerest wishes for your future.

    May you be blessed. /|\

  11. Erin Gergen Halls says:

    I have to wonder if the posts will still be available for us readers to go back to? So many treasures I hate to be parted from! I will so miss your words. Thank you for all that you have shared. Blessings to you moving forward.

  12. Nimue Brown says:

    I shall mis your writing, but I very much recognise what you’re talking about and it’s not a good way to be. I hope you’ll get to a point where you can write again without it feeling like strip-mining your life and experiences.

  13. runekjaerrasmussen says:

    Thank you for your generous and fine blog posts. I think it is very wise to shift focus now. Many seem to do the same. Turning towards privacy (again); a deep feeling of coming home. The best choice I made for myself as well. There is, I think, a generosity in privacy that cannot be replaced with anything else.

  14. stephwynnalicebradley says:

    I shall miss your words so very much Lorna but I am thrilled that you have found fufilling meaningful work that nourishes you and the land. I echo the others in hoping you will retain the existing posts for us all to refer to. I have gained so much by your insights.
    Bright Blessings on you xx

  15. lornasmithers says:

    Thank you everybody for your comments – heart warming and much appreciated. In answer to a few questions although I am stopping blogging here these blog posts and the content on my website will remain available for futurity for other folk drawn to an awenydd/Brythonic polytheist path.

      • Kris Hughes says:

        Ah! That’s good news! I often find myself here when I’m searching for things. I wish you all the best. I do understand the problem of living every experience through the lens of a possible topic for writing.

  16. Thornsilver says:

    Reblogged this on Starstruck Awenydd and commented:
    I’m back from my trip and have lots to say, but first I want to take a moment to say goodbye to the blog of someone who’s been incredibly influential in my path with Gwyn. I’ve talked about that elsewhere and don’t want to get too long or too sappy, but suffice to say I’ve treasured Lorna Smithers’ insight, poetic craft, and now friendship, and her blog will remain the first resource to which I direct people when they’re looking to learn about Gwyn. I know I’m not the only Gwyn blogger out there, but I can’t help but feel I have big shoes to fill!

    Although it’s bittersweet to see From Peneverdent end, I’m so happy that Lorna’s life is entering a new phase that she’s happy and excited about. And as a new awenydd and fellow Gwyn dedicant, I just want to say:

    Bendithion a diolch, Lorna. /|\

  17. RavenWillow says:

    I’m so happy that you’ve found a path that feels right to you, though I will greatly miss your blog posts. I’ve learned so much, and felt a strong kinship with your experience. Best of luck to you! Ravenwillow

  18. ceridwensilverhart says:

    I will miss your thoughtful posts, but I understand the desire to live fully present. I’ve felt a similar pressure at times with blogging, despite my material being less personal than yours. I hope you find fulfillment and new levels of connection with the sacred as you continue your journey.

  19. Tiege McCian says:

    What is this? You’re leaving?? No no you can’t go! You’re writing is some of the best there is! I’ve learned so much about Welsh myth from you! It’s been so inspiring, reconsider please! Will you occasionally drop by with you insights? This can’t be the end!

  20. Vyviane Armstrong says:

    Thank you for everything you’ve put out there. Your community appreciates you and this blog greatly.

  21. Mountain Whitefish says:

    I have to say, as far away as I am from the land that you work on, I have always (for 4 years now) drawn a great deal from you passion for that landscape, your dedication to Gwyn ap Nudd, and your writing… I wish you well and thank you so much for leaving this writing up and available on this site! It is inspirational and will be for others who find you later. Best Wishes and may the Land, its life, and spirits hold the lantern for you in years to come.

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