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Friday, 23 March 2018


Ostara Blessings to all!
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Goddess Ostara
This week we celebrated Ostara, also known as Eostre or the Spring Equinox. It is a time to welcome back the spring, the life in the soil and fertility in things all around. this is not limited to the traditional sense of fertility, it can also relate to a fertile mind! We marked the occasion with plenty of good homemade food, drink, music and of course chocolate eggs and hares :)

Henhouse Crew Haul
Even the chickens got into the spirit of things by deciding to start up full egg production again, with the almond blossoms on the trees there is the definite feel of spring in the air for us now.

What better way to celebrate such a nature based festival than to get outdoors and walk on the wild side! I feel very blessed that I no longer have to work a 9-5 job and get to spend so much time with my family doing all the things that children ought to be doing, like getting stuck in trees and scraping holes in their jeans.

Here you can see Logan contemplating whatever it is 5 year old boys contemplate, whilst sitting on the roof of an ancient cave, it used to serve as a retreat for the miners at the edge of a long forgotten small quarry. We often visit this place as it is full of natural beauty and has the advantage of us being able to hide out in the caves if it starts to rain! I do hope the children remember all of the magical times we have had when they grow up and keep their adventurers spirit alive.

Runa by T. MacCor

Speaking of magic, since it is the time of year for awakening and growth, I decided to buy Runa by T.MacCor , a short Ebook to help me deepen my understanding of the Norse Runes. I'm very much looking forward to reading it, especially since I also treated myself to a new set of runes, carved in tigers eye gemstones, I can't wait to share photos of them with you once they arrive!

I hope everyone has had a fantastic week and I wish you all an even better weekend, Thanks for visiting for Five on Friday, Ostara Blessings!


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  1. You are lucky if you have the chance to see some spring signs, we are still sitting in a very cold and rainy weather and are not at all in Easter mood it seems to me that we go towards Christmas, lol !

  2. How did the chickens KNOW! :-) I love the start of spring...sadly we woke up to a snowfall. Well, not overly sadly because the big fluffy flakes are beautiful, but we thought we were done! Looking forward to Easter, which for us is the Day of Resurrection of Jesus. I do enjoy reading and learning about ancient observances...our human history is so fascinating and there is so much we have lost by becoming "modern." Love the childhood your children are magical and peaceful!

  3. Happy Spring! One of my favorite seasons. Looks like you live in such an amazing place to go out and walk and explore. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Happy Ostara and many blessings to you and your family! I love that you were exploring ancient caves for the equinox! I planted trees to celebrate, although we'll be having mead and a fire later!

    I love that your chickens got into the spirit of the festival! Have a wonderful week and good luck with those runes!


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