Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The last day of summer was celebrated with getting the garlic stored away, harvesting more tomatoes, yes, the tomatoes are still rolling in, and there are still a lot more to come, a dinner of food fresh from the garden, and a lovely after dinner family walk. It was the perfect end to what has been a pretty perfect summer.
I have said many times, here in this space, I feel very fortunate to live in a place where we have four very distinct seasons. I have a very difficult time naming one of them as my favourite, as I truly enjoy them all. Each season brings with it good things, and not so good things, and I have learned to embrace all of it over the years.
What I do really enjoy about each season, is the shift, the movement from one to the next. As each season comes I am always ready for the change, ready for something new, and for a change in our day to day rhythm. As we move from summer to fall I enjoy the movement inwards, I enjoy the shift in our meals, and I enjoy the warm comfort of our home aglow with candles and twinkle lights. Each morning I awake in darkness, and I finish my yoga long before the sun comes up, but there is a certain comfort in that, almost like the arms of Mother Earth wrapping me in a warm blanket. Throughout the day cups of tea are made more regularly, and soups, chili and stews grace our dinner table. My night time reading is done under a quilt, with a shawl wrapped around my shoulders, and we add the extra blankets to the bed to keep us warm at night. It is these seasonal rituals that I love, and as each season shifts I am reminded just how much of a role ritual and rhythm play in our life here on our little homestead.
We didn't do anything special to celebrate the equinox today, we are saving the celebration for the weekend when friends will join us for a potluck and other festivities here at our home, but we did mark the shift in seasons by changing up our nature table, decorating our home, and bringing out the autumnal books. Again, rituals that mark the changing season, and connect us to the natural cycle of the earth.
Happy Equinox my friends, may this autumn season bring many blessings to you and your loved ones.