Hello and Mabon blessings to each of you!
When I first got up and went to work for the first part of my day, I didn’t feel much like marking the turning of the wheel and celebrating Mabon. There is a fair amount of stress going on and no-one here is in a very good place…but while I was driving I got to thinking that regardless of what is happening personally, I really should do something to mark the equinox before we move into the darker part of the year.
So I decided that I would make an onion bread loaf to share with my family..
Turned out rather well and smells delicious might I add!
While the bread was proving I decided that I could decorate the twig tree in the front room with the orange ribbon that I had and some dried apple slices (after I made them!) so that was the next thing done…I seemed to be picking up Mabon momentum.
Hahaha….this close-up doesn’t do it justice, it honestly looks a lot better in real life and later when I put the little lights on, better again!
By now it was time to take Wonder-dog out for his walk, which was something else I wasn’t in the mood for, but as I know from experience generally means I really do need the walk in the fresh air and the trees so off we went, to a local park.
The sun was shining, the birds were being very vocal, the breeze was gently blowing loose leaves away from the trees…wearing their autumn finery..
I could literally feel the breeze gently removing some of my angst and my steps got lighter.
I spent a few minutes being amused at the scolding of a squirrel above me in the trees however I decided to leave when it started dropping conkers at me.
After noticing the teeth marks on these conkers, this got me to think about Mabon being the second harvest and how its not just us humans who are foraging and ‘squirreling’ away produce for the leaner months.
Wonder-dog and I took an ever so slightly different direction than normal away from the park and I stumbled upon a crab apple tree laden down with fruit. After checking that the apples were ripe, I foraged some for a trial run of crab-apple jelly, I have never tasted it before so thought it was worth an experiment, especially as the tree had been placed before me.
This is the haul we came back with for the jelly experiement…tart little beggars these are so I dont believe any additional pectin will be needed to set this.
..and here is the mush straining, will cook it up and set it into jars tomorrow. I am surprised at the delicate pink colour to the liquid, really looking forward to tasting it!
So there you go…apparently even though I originally wasn’t going to mark the Solstice, turns out I did…maybe not in an elaborate manner but more of a personal, understated way..and I feel a lot better for it. Got to love the little gentle nudges you get to help you do something that ultimately makes you feel better!
Again, I wish you Mabon blessings as we move into the darker half of the year and may your second harvest be bountiful, x