Spring Corners

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There is nothing quite like bright sunny spring days after stormy winter ones to motivate and move a person.

I suppose it has always been the case  - The clarity and realisation, which comes with living life through many spring seasons is now present - That clean on the outside = Clean Claire on the inside, clean to my core, clean head and clean clear heart -

Yes all of my corners are gleaming!

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Imbolc

St. Brigid's Cross. America Village

Imbolc; Lá Fhéile Bhríde; St. Brigid's Day - Whatever you choose to call today, the 1st February is the festival which marks the beginning of Spring, it has been celebrated since neolithic times, as we see on the Hill of Tara at the Mound of the Hostages, the inner chamber is aligned with the rising sun on Imbolc. The festival is said to be originally associated with the pagan goddess Brigid, whom some say was a fertility goddess. 

The name Imbolc is based on the old Irish 'i mbolg', meaning 'in the belly' this refers to the pregnancy and lactation of ewe's. 

This evening we will hang the Brigid's Cross (see above) to welcome Brigid back, have a feast, a sloe gin cocktail, burn the blackthorn (sloe) wood and toast the return of Brigid, the return of light and the end of the darkest season - A toast to new birth and life, to nature's cycles, to blackthorns…and to healthy lactating ewe's!

Welcome back Spring. 

Welcome Back Winter

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As I write this, I am sitting beside my hearth, watching glowing embers whilst enjoying a Hot Rosehip Whiskey and toasted spiced nuts.

As autumn passes once again, I find myself reflecting on the season that gifts us with the ever important bridge between summer and winter - A bridge full of rich vibrant colours - Of harvest - Of short days and longer nights - Of transition…

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As we shift into the shorter days of winter and the colour's fade, we find ourselves in a position where we are able to reflect, rest, rejuvenate and take stock.

Tis' the season to stay in night clothes until mid morning, sauntering around the house with a hot coffee in one hand and sweet treat in the other, to cook, roast, bake, decorate, experiment and eat during the day and to spend evenings by the fireside with all the books you have been meaning to read and patterns you want to knit. Tis' the season to re-connect with friends and family, to play board games - Most of all tis' the season to be merry.

Hibernation - To pass winter in a dormant position with metabolism greatly slowed down.

We are all on a path that leads us into a new season, toward a new solstice and new beginnings…

Welcome back winter!

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