Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.”
– Michelle L. Thieme, August’s Crown
Merry Meet my friends! I am long in writing a post here and have no excuse other then a busy Summer, home improvements, family in from California for 2 weeks, and my own lack of thinking what I could write about. 🙂 I appreciate so much the messages I’ve received wondering if I’m ok…it means a lot to know that you missed me here. All is well!!
It’s Saturn day, a quiet one here at my house. My daughter Sara isn’t feeling well so we are being lazy and resting today. Here in Ohio, as I know many of you have experienced also, we have had a fairly mild Summer and in the last couple of weeks, we’ve had a taste of early Autumn, it’s been quite cool and gorgeous! I have LOVED it! As you know of course, Autumn is my favorite time of year, but I have no complaints about this wonderful Summer we’ve had. My gardens have loved this weather, my grandkids thrive playing outside when it’s not so hot, and I too, have loved hanging clothes on the line, working in my garden or reading on the patio. It’s been wonderful!
I hope that you all had a wonderful Lughnasadh. I did, though my Circle wasn’t able to meet. My fault, I had the flu 😦 I did make bread and berry flavored water and we had a simple dinner that included tomatoes and cucumbers from my own garden. It was a beautiful night. I have not yet harvested my herbs or the last of my garden as some of them are still growing strong. Some are finished for the season though and I’ll clean them up this weekend.
While I’m talking about Lughnasadh, I’d like to let you all know about a great book. Witchy Magick by Australian Witches Lucy Cavendish and Serene Conneeley. I LOVE this book for more reasons then one (which I’ll get to in a minute). This is a very complete book that I think EVERY Witch should own and read. It starts out with interviews with about 20 of our prolific Witches who are authors, heads of covens, healers, herbalists, young and old alike. Interviews on what being a Witch means to them. Then it goes into lots of Witchy info, from the history of witchcraft, myth busting, the how to’s, rites and rituals, and a great amount of info, recipes etc on the Sabbats. It’s really a wonderful book! I again highly recommend it! Oh, and if you happen to get to the recipe section….on Lughnasadh…pages 364 and 365…you may recognize …me!! Yes! I am in this book…a bit about me and a couple of my favorite bread recipes for Lughnasadh! I’m not bragging please understand, but I was most honored to be asked if I could be included in the book. Thank you Serene and Lucy!! Let me know readers what you think of the book, because I KNOW you are going to want to get it and dive into it! 🙂
The end of Summer is almost always a joyful thing for me as I thrive in the cooler air of Autumn and I always look forward to Winter as well. This year, I have a vacation to look forward to in mid September. A much needed trip for my husband and I…yes, just the two of us! A rare thing! I could use some time on the beach, for my inner Sea Witch to come out and relish in the beauty, sounds and scents of Mother Ocean. I’m excited about it and so is my husband. We are celebrating 34 years married, tomorrow actually, so it will be a grand anniversary present to each other 🙂
By the time we get home, Mabon and Autumn will be arriving. It will be time to get the chimney cleaned, order our cord of wood, clean out the garden beds, pull out the Fall decorations and hit the garden centers and pumpkin farms for pumpkins and mums and such. *sigh*..that will be grand!
In the meantime, I’ll try to get back into writing here more. I plan on doing a LOT of baking and cooking in the next few weeks…I’m involved in a very cool project, where I am the kitchen Witch, sharing my recipes. I’ll tell you about that in my next post, and share a recipe or two for the upcoming Autumn season!
Until next time, enjoy the last of Summer….don’t wish away these last days, these lazy, hazy, crazy last days of Summer. Go barefoot lots, enjoy fresh veggies from your gardens or the Farmer’s market, put your feet in a body of water, lay under the Moon and Stars on a hammock or blanket, invite friends over for a end-of-Summer cook-out, read a book in the shade or just sit on your patio and listen to the birds, crickets and cicadas. Make the MOST of it for it will be gone soon!
Many Blessings and Love
*Pictures from the internet.