Samhain Approaching

There has been a considerable amount of rain this October accompanied by winds of Ophelia and Brian stirring up the seas in West Cornwall and creating spectacular scenes. The winds assist the trees in disrobing their dead leaves reminding us that we too, 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 that I captured the previous year during drier weather.

Our journey to Lamorna valley is a wonderful experience as we pass the Merry Maidens stone circle that today was shrouded in mist. There were ‘walkers’ enjoying the atmospheric weather and silhouetted figures around the stones that added 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 as the seasons change.
As we prepare for our forthcoming Samhain celebrations, I send you all good wishes and hope the new Celtic Year will reflect back to you all the energy and intent you have sent out to others.

October Harvesting

October is a significant time of year as Samhain approaches and the year comes to a close.
Our seasonal pumpkins are chosen with careful contemplation. The energies of these beautiful vegetables are extremely important, therefore locally grown produce is a must.
It was a yearly tradition to purchase our pumpkins at the Harvest Home auction hosted by the local public house. In the last few years the pumpkins have been few or at times been absent from these auctions.
We now have an alternative adventure. We travel along the winding lanes deep into the valley of Lamorna where a local resident sells his pumpkins at the threshold of his home.

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A wonderful part of residing in a village community is that produce of other items are displayed outside one’s home along with a jar for payment. This shows trust and faith in people’s good nature and many would not consider abusing this provision. This creates positive energies for the season.

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It is now time to prepare the vegetables, dust off the seasonal decorations and gather ritual items as we await the closing of a productive year.