Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Harvest time

Firstly, I have to say thank you to everyone for their thoughts and sympathy lately. It meant a lot to me.

According to the Celtic calendar, August 1st is called Lughnasad and the night before is Lammas Eve. This is traditionally a night for bonfires and sacrifices for the harvest, the start of which is marked by these celebrations. So, seeing as we have a garage full of wooden crates, this seemed like a good time to have a fire and clear up some space. Besides, burning things is fun!

Thankfully* the weather started being a little more British yesterday so no one had their washing out or were in their gardens. I was a little worried earlier in the day about the torrential rain, but fortunately this stopped and the evening was cool and breezy, and I was able to enjoy a glass of red wine in front of my fire. I also baked some bread and the plums on the tree are looking ripe for the picking, so our tiny harvest festival looks all set for today!

*I am thankful anyway. To hear most of the people I work with talk, you'd think it was the end of the world that the temperatures have dropped below 25°C and we've had a few rain showers. Hah!


Auntie Noo said...

I've got loads of stuff for a bonfire too, but am worried about setting most of Surrey alight - still no rain here!!!! A bonfire and a glass of wine sound grand!

Strangely though my plum's aren't ready yet - maybe not enough water for them to ripen off?

Badger said...

I'm going to burn things this weekend! Burning is fun ;)

Seahorse said...

I love fires and regularly curse the smokeless zone we live in.

I've only just caught up with your news and I'm really sorry things have been on a downer for you. I wouldn't be so crass as to say I hope you 'get over it' or anything but I hope time will make things a bit better.