Halloween, in its current form, is primarily a North American tradition. Its roots, however, spring from the old Celtic traditions of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. But the English don't really observe Halloween with the same vigour as North Americans, who revel in Trick-or-Treating and spooky decorations. I mean, after all, they have Guy Fawkes' Night and bonfires to see to!
Nonetheless, our recent trip to England was just at the very end of summer and so for me, I was already beginning to dream about the glorious colours of Fall leaves and ... Halloween. I think some of the pictures I took show that I definitely had "Halloween on the Brain" and show my strong fascination with anything slightly macabre or gothic - things that are ever present in wonderful, magical England!
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This week we took a break from restoring our vintage dollie because the apples were in desperate need of rescuing. It's been a hard year for our apple trees. Too much heat and too many bugs! Many of the apples fell off during the summer, others were cored through by bugs, and still others rotted right on the branches! But, all said and done, we were amazed to get quite a few pecks of perfect "eaters", at least a bushel full of "bakers", a number left behind on the tree for hopeful ripening and still many more left over for cider! Ah, the cider....
There's going to be cider?? Well, our trees kinda look like this so .... No, don't cry! We'll try!
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Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2017
~ Your House Dragon ~
Put him in charge this vacation!
(An exercise in protective visualization)
Whenever I go away on vacation, I look back and see my dragon curled around our little three story house. His tail winds around the whole bottom of the house at the garden level, his body encircles the second level and finally he places his head, chest and little front feet onto the peaked roof. Digging his front claws in ever so slightly, he lays his head down by the chimney (I think the smoke from the chimney reminds him of his Mama!) ... he folds his wings and snoozes gently. We're on a bit of a hill, so from the rooftop, he has an excellent view of the goings-on in the neighbourhood! I never worry when I'm away from home because I know the slightest sound or activity on our property will make him jump into action ... and while he is a gentle dragon, he's still pretty fierce to look at and very protective of his home. Next time you go on vacation, why not practice this little visualization technique yourself? It's great fun and very reassuring to know you have someone magical protecting your home while you're away!
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