Easter Juju with George

Some of you may know George from a previous post.  This Easter adventure is a tame bunny compared to what happened with us in The Urchins.

By text this morning, how it all began:

Me:  Do you have any desire to color Easter eggs?  I like to pick leaves, wrap against the egg, cover with stocking and then dye.  The leaf imprint doesn’t take the color because of the oils and makes lovely eggs.  It means we have to go around and find leaves which could be fun. LMK.

George:  Sure!  Let’s do it.

Me:  What about Central Park as part of our leaf finding mission?

George:  You read my mind.

Me:  I’d better get a move on!  We have some exploring to accomplish and we both know what that means.

George:  Oh yes, I know what that means: conjuring up juju.

Me:   Uh oh.

George:  Look out world.

Me:  Exactly.

George:  We will reach into the unknown.  Wear your shields.

Me:  Knee pads?

George:  Of course, helmets too.

Me:  Already got them on.


George had his camera ready and took me by surprise as I approached our meeting place on 6th Avenue.  As he titled this photo, Wild in NY and Ready for Action.

All that bravado by text for a relatively civilized endeavor:


The eggs getting hard boiled


Harvested plant materials


Wrapped in place, secured in stocking fabric


Soaking in dyes




And on display.

Even though the process of dying the eggs was a lovely one, the highlight of the day was in Central Park.  We noticed people gathered around a big yew, staring at something on an inner branch which turned out to be a Boreal Owl sleeping on a branch.   Photo courtesy of George Goen


12 thoughts on “Easter Juju with George

  1. If Faberge was to make an edible egg I do believe this would be his vision as well. What a fine day of nature, foraging and amazing creation! Thanks so much for the incredible Easter celebration!


  2. What beautiful eggs, and what a lovely day! Perhaps this summer I can conjour some juju with you both on the grounds of the Grove. I know that tree fairies lurk there, as well as frogs who wave hello, as if inviting you into their waters. We must first prepare libations with inspiration from Gigi’s herbal gardens, and then meander down to the pond where I’m sure we’ll be greeted by kindred spirits:)


  3. My Dear Stephanie — I’ve followed you everywhere you’ve gone since I’ve known you and your spirit continues to fill my heart always. I can’t remember a time when you didn’t have a smile on your beautiful face. You and I have had many good times together and I am thankful for your friendship.
    On an Easter note, your bowlfuls of fanciful colored eggs take my breath away. With so much love, E

    ps: Addison was born on this day (31) 54 years ago at 11:50 pm. I always remind him that he was almost born a April Fool.


    • Elinor: So lovely, thank you for these words, They bring more smiles. I sang Happy Birthday to Addison yesterday, via voicemail, and he left me a message but we didn’t speak directly. I didn’t know he was born so close in minutes to the first of April. Hope to see you in the near future. And knowing you all these years is a huge blessing.


    • Stephanie, The photo above is the first I’ve seen of you in over thirty years and you look marvelous! You’re as beautiful as I remember and probably always will be. Will follow the Stephanie Show with rapt pursuit in the future. All the best!


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