There has been a considerable amount of rain this October accompanied by the winds of Ophelia and Brian stirring up the seas in West Cornwall, creating spectacular scenes. The winds are assisting the trees in disrobing their dead leaves reminding us that we too, to need to shed all that no longer benefits us.
The darker time of year beckons and the presence of our ancestors can be felt. We are nearing the end of the Celtic year and our thoughts turn inwards to the spiritual and physical changes within ourselves and how they will affect our destiny. We can plan our future to a certain extent, but life is unpredictable and the ‘topsy turvy’ energies, particularly in Cornwall, can turn our well-made plans on their heads and life takes us in a completely different direction.
It was a wet and misty day today when Cassandra and I visited Lamorna late in the afternoon, to purchase our pumpkins. A local resident grows, nurtures and sells them on the boundary of his property. The following image is one I captured the previous year during drier weather.
Our journey to Lamorna valley is a wonderful experience. We pass the Merry Maidens stone circle that today was shrouded in mist. There were ‘walkers’ enjoying the atmospheric weather and silhouetted figures walking around the stones adding to the mystique!
Lamorna woodland is particularly glorious at this time of year, with its autumnal colours, crisp fallen leaves and the mist swirling around the trees.
The sublime scenery adds to the pleasure of each journey and deepens our connection with the changing seasons.
As we prepare for our forthcoming Samhain celebrations, I send you all good wishes and hope that the new Celtic Year reflects back to you all the energy and intent you have sent out to others.
Each year the local village pub hosts the Harvest Home auction. This year it was on 26th September and it was a very wet, windy evening. The farmers bring some of their produce to the Buryan Inn for auction and the money is given to a different charity. This year it was for St Petroc and Breadline
There were large cabbages, marrows, onions, leeks and squashes, many apples and beautiful fruits set out on three adjoining tables.
Cassandra has attended this local event for about 35 years as she would purchase her pumpkin for Samhain. Unfortunately last year no pumpkins were available and in the last few years there were few to go around, so solitary ones were sold to the highest bidder. Fortunately we are acquainted with a local resident who grows and nurtures a regular supply of beautiful pumpkins, so we now purchase our pumpkins from him.
Julian or Barry are fun auctioneers so the evenings are full of humor. Two handsome farmers are usually the “glamorous assistants” to hold up the produce and take them to the highest bidders.
Pauline is a fabulous baker and makes many local pasties. This year her 15 inch pasty was up for auction and purchased for £40!
This particular evening marks the turning of the season from summer to autumn gathering the produce in readiness for the cooler weather in the months ahead.
£480 was raised for charity, well done to them all.