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That pretty much sums it up. I am a simple person.
There is no secret glamour in my life, only the joy and trials of the every day.
So, I got a book in the mail, one I had seen over at The Golden Hours some time ago.
I am in love. 

Summer's Coming In 1

I didn't like history until I left school, and I have really begun to enjoy it in the past year.
Admittedly, all the BBC shows with Ruth Goodman in them have really brought it to life for me.
Summer's Coming In, as best as I can tell, fits in well with Tudor Monastery Farm and Tales from the Green Valley.
Natalia Belting has numerous other books that explore festivals, songs, and stories from many cultures.
I am looking forward to tracking them down.

Summer's Coming In 2

This book covers May Day and Beltane, that interesting meeting place of Pagan and Christian festivals.
There were numerous saints' days leading up to May Day, of course, and many ways to celebrate the entire montn.
The Church was a big part of things, but so was the belief in witches and elemental beings.
In this picture, the men and boys make loud music to drive the elves back underground.

Summer's Coming In 3

I really love to hear how people celebrated the seasons in years gone by,
and I like to think of how we can take those celebrations and make them our own.
Willow really adores that fellow in the clever horse costume there.
I told her it would be fun to make one of our own some day.
It certainly has me thinking ahead a few months and looking forward to the burst of life that is May.
But, for now, there is Winter and finding joy in what is here.

Jonas 1

This was Wednesday, before the bulk of the snow came.
I think four inches was the initial total.
I had to look at a calendar to sort that out.
Thursday gave us a break in the weather to tie up some lose ends and do some sledding.

Jonas 2

Snow came in the evening and continued through Friday morning.
There was a break in the late morning and early afternoon and then the sleet and snow came.
I'm guessing we've gotten about six inches since then.

Jonas 3

It is cold and frosty and very frozen out there.
I've had to rub ice off the window to see the thermometer.
It has been pretty to see and enjoyable to watch, much like watching a fire.
Still, I am ready for Mike to be safely home and get a bit of rest before another week.
He has worked all of the past 13 days and needs a rest.

Jonas 4

Today is more snow and the hopeful return of Mike.
He spent the night in Tennessee, just below the storm.
I'm honestly skeptical he'll get home today.
This is the kind of weather for taking one's time.

Jonas 5 (with Yoda)


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jan. 24th, 2016 04:28 am (UTC)
I like that picture of your house. I'm piecing together what rooms are where on the inside, and imagining the coziness within :)

Hi, Laurel! How sweet you are bundled on Mama's back.
Jan. 25th, 2016 05:00 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you are enjoying that book! Willow's favorite illustration is on my favorite page. : ) I love your house!! We never really got any snow at all, just a dusting. Stay warm! - Stacey
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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