Elk

Lotta is a woman connected to this forest, but not currently living here. She is a midwife and a grandmother.
She´s been following the initial blog (and the great escape) and every once in a while she has been writing me.
Always the right words. At the right time.
They say that about midwives. They say that childbirth is all about timing- and Lotta´s timing is perfect.
Just perfect.

She knows about herbs and trees and flowers and plants. She also knows about animals. To her every animal carry a message. A wisdom to be heard… for those who have ears to listen with.

I´ve noticed something strange about animals.
It´s like they visit you. It´s like they interact with you… for shorter or longer periods of times.
Like that week where the eagle circled above our heads all the time. And that time when the raven followed me everywhere. Or the time when the elks ate all of our crops or those months when we could hear the wolves howling almost every night.

Lotta firmly believes that animals come into your life- with a message.
She´s lived in the forest for a long time and although she does not anymore, she knows about the forest. She knows.

In my last blog post I mentioned that two elks were standing still, staring at us, while we drove home after our first visit to the nearest school. That day was really a turning point. It was a very important day. The day where we would fully embrace our new life in Sweden.

Lotta says elk means “Be content with what you have”.

This is what I have noticed about elks:

Elks mostly follow the same path, every day, year in and year out. They inspect the forest. They guard it.

Elks are very large. And they resemble horses.

The Elk Hunt is the biggest event in this part of the country.

Elks tend to team up, one older elk taking care of one younger.

Elks do not like sage.

I once saw an elk standing exactly here...

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