December Blog 2022-
Solstice Tree

By Jill Lawrence

Solstice tree

The Patagonia Arizona Art Walk was so much fun. Being with a group of artists, meeting new people, sharing art stories, hearing the feedback for my artwork, was a great experience. For those of us who are readers and love Louise Penney’s tales of Three Pines, I decided the reason I love the Patagonia community is – it is a Three Pines town. There are artists, art lovers, environmentalists, writers, bird lovers, adventure seekers, a variety of rich cultures, and best of all characters who are so much fun to get to know.


This trip to Patagonia gave us the opportunity to experience The Spirit Tree Inn. Mary Jane, Tom, Angel the donkey, and Mischief the horse (and many cats) are all permanent residents who share their love of the area. The Inn is full of antiques, Cardinal couples, a Coatimundi that eats their berries, a beautiful, reconstructed Amish barn, and a beautiful two hundred old Cottonwood that sits at the center of the front field. The Inn, a B&B, where the breakfast is so good, and Tom tells great tales, tall and otherwise! Mary Jane shares her love of the area and the animals that share their home. Mary Jane and Tom told us that the Cottonwoods and Sycamores produce Golden snow in the fall. Watching the sunlight and wind play with the falling leaves is magical.


Coming to our mountain home in Pine Rick and I could not stop talking about all we experienced this Thanksgiving weekend. For me, it was a wonderful Thanksgiving memory shared with friends and family. My sister Diedre and brother David were with us to help. Our friends Larry and Adele came from Fountain Hills to help. After so many months of Covid isolation and sadness it was so wonderful to be outside in the town square watching so many people enjoying the time together.


Home in the mountains I found a Christmas Tree with bright yellow lights. I brought it to the cabin and put #2 pencils on it along with bells and pinecones. It is a Pencil Pine Studio Solstice Tree! December brings the astronomical moment when the Sun reaches the Tropic of Capricorn. We have our shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere in terms of daylight. The solstice marks the official start of winter. Light and Dark, Day and Night, the cycle of time and seasons. It is a time for thanksgiving.