Ruralie Weekend Clicklets Vol. V

Welcome to Weekend Clicklets, a collection of nature-y things I came across on the internet this week. 

This hasn't been an easy week. Barack Obama said goodbye, and the Senate voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and I read this article.

Which is all to say, I've been looking for comfort this week. And I found it, in nature, and in quietly fierce women like Michelle Obama, and in quietly kind women like The Gnomist, the anonymous creator of fairy houses in a suburban wood, whose identity was revealed in a touching mini-doc. 

There is still magic in the world; there are still good people. One of the most touching parts of Obama's farewell address for me was his recall of "Yes we can." Though he is leaving office, we can still continue the work.

Michelle Obama Sets Her Garden in Stone

“'I take great pride in knowing that this little garden will live on as a symbol of the hopes and dreams we all hold of growing a healthier nation for our children,' Obama said in an emotional speech..."

The Old Oak - A Year in the Life of a Tree

"For the first few months photographing the tree, Chris was worried. The winter was long and nothing changed, apart from the shortening shadow cast by the oak across the green pasture. 'I kept thinking, it’s the same picture, it’s the same picture,' he says. 'I needed confidence that over time it would change.'"

The Gnomist

And if it's all just too much, there's always this:

Wanted: Part-time hermit to live in Austrian cave

"The Austrian town of Saalfelden in the state of Salzburg is looking for someone to live in a nearby hermitage which was built more than 350 years ago in steep, rocky cliffs."