Lughnasadh- The First Harvest Festival

  Y’all know I love a good celebration.  Especially when it comes to celebrating this beautiful Earth’s bounty.  Lughnasadh was the original county fair.  In the old agricultural calendar it was a celebration for the community to share bread, beer, life, and the first harvests.  Today is a great time to bake a loaf of bread for your loved…

The Enchanted Wild Garden

Glints of light catch my eye.  Dancing fairies zipping by? I found a toy army man standing tall between two beets.  A gift, a laugh, a mystery treat. I went to take a photo of the toy that something left.  Gnomes to blame for the theft? No longer there. The raindrops sing on plant’s fragrant…

Beltane (aka May Day, what is it? is it evil? and how to celebrate)

  Beltane is the lovely celebration between the spring equinox and the summer equinox.  All of the original Celtic ceremonies were agricultural holidays.  Traditions always made things sweeter and the intentions and prayers uttered and the community gatherings were looked forward to.  Anyone can celebrate the original holidays regardless of their chosen religion because they came…

Sweet Spring

The cold crops have all come up and stretch their tiny limbs and savor the daily sun.  This valley stays fairly warm and doesn’t receive the heavy feet of snow of north.  Yet a storm cometh from yonder hills, riding in on thunderous carriage tonight promising thick spring inches.  It will prune trees.  And powerlines.  Some old logs and pinecones…

The End of the Tunnel and Thanksgiving

  Light a candle.  Gather some leaves.  Scatter a few mini pumpkins.  Buy a journal.  Write.  Sip a cup of coffee and write down a few words, a few lines of what you are thankful for. This was difficult for me last year.  I wrote through gritted teeth.  I have some real close friends and…

Samhain Dinner

  Now, before you get all wound up about a Pagan holiday title, let’s have a seat and relearn what this holiday is.  I don’t know about you but I was brought up in the church believing pretty much anything Pagan was Satanic.  Since pagans don’t believe in Satan, or even heard of him until…

A Family Halloween Party

The night sky started to darken as shoots of violet painted the sky.  The great sun fell asleep behind the mountain and the spooks began to arrive! We love traditions.  When the children grew up the traditions changed.  We had to become more flexible.  Perhaps this is more fun.  We now have the kids’ partners…

Being Thankful

Last year after a particularly bad storm Aunt Donna broke the news to me that the big, old apple tree was no more.  Its branches had collapsed and the years of apple gathering had come to an end. The other night she called and said that the tree was filled with fruit!  A true testament…

Autumn Stealth in the Night

  Autumn came in serene and stealth and sweet. The cooler nights and much less warm heat. Antelopes come down in family herds. Stillness in air for lack of song birds. Seems my beloved winged ones went away Without fanfare one late summer day. Ushering in the new season of fall. ‘Tis one of the loveliest of…