Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Autumn Equinox

Hello, just back from a weekend in Devon to see my oldest brother.  On Sunday he took us to some very special, spiritual places, to observe Autumn Equinox.   Despite rain all weekend, we had a lovely time.


We went to Stoke Gabriel to see a very special yew tree in the churchyard there, estimated to be 1000 years old.  There's a belief that if you walk round it backwards 7 times you can make a wish - so of course I did!  Our family have always loved yew trees (my grandmother had a huge one in the garden with a rope swing for us to play on) there are not many old churchyards without one in residence and the tree is always likely to pre-date the church.





Walk ye backward round about me
7 times round for all to see
Stumble not and then for certain
One true wish will come to thee


https://stokegabrielchurch.co.uk/history/the-yew-tree





We took a very long, muddy and misty walk on Dartmoor; the reward for persevering through the waterlogged ground was our arrival at  the stone circle near Postbridge.  Peaceful, silent and nothing around but sheep... stone circles feel very calming and special, there are plenty in this part of the country (I think eight on Dartmoor).  This one is quite large, probably had an outer circle that has mostly been removed , probably for house and wall building over the years) and there are still many very large stones marking out a grand walkway to the centre.  These stone circles, and many others like them, were of huge significance in times gone by, built on ley lines/meridians (invisible to us).  Not much is known about ley lines yet, but it is believed birds use them to navigate and that in times gone by people felt and possibly used the energy they may hold. 


Onwards through the rain and swirling mist for lunch at my brothers favourite pub it's high up on Dartmoor at Postbridge.  The pub's wood fire (originally peat) has been burning continuously since 1845 (even during this year's heatwave we were reassured!)  if you ever want to go there, it's called The Warren House Inn


fireplace alleged to have burned continuously since 1845

It's a lonely place that has no mains connections (electric from a generator, water from a natural spring and gas for cooking our lunch from lpg cannisters).  There is nothing around but bracken, stone circles and cows/sheep.

We headed for home via the village of Chagford, this delightful little round building is not a pub or church, but the public toilets,the prettiest and cleanest I have ever seen.  Inside there was a dresser holding a vase of flowers and.... a guest book!!!









Back home, I have been picking and freezing sloe berries to flavour gin for Christmas.



 Just look at all these crab apples in the fields near us - I can't think what to do with them
 although I know horses like them!




The woods here are full of a spectacular display of falling leaves in reds and yellows and the light in late afternoon is beautiful.


Very sorry for my absence from Blogland, I am always so keen to read your blogs yet I just don't seem to have much time or inspiration to post anything myself, the longer I leave it, the harder it gets to find anything to say.  Life's just so busy and then becomes challenging  .... 



After 6 months of trying to a heal a wound that just wouldn't,  my youngest son had to have surgery this week. We have to drive our son daily to hospital to have the dressings done, which is a rather unpleasant business, the journey itself is very painful for him.  He is very worried about work as he does not get sick pay and we are worried for him, as we don't want him to worry!



We are a happy little family, all working different hours/shift patterns, so disorganised, the oven is always on at weird times as it's someones dinner time and someone elses breakfast!  The beds are never made and the house is not as tidy as I would like, there's a mountains of ironing and cat fur everwhere!  But we know the important things: eating well, sleeping well, making sure everyone knows they are loved and appreciated - preferably daily, not worrying about the things we cannot change and...  counting our blessings.

So.... thank you for stopping by today, before you go, please pause for a moment, think back, tell me about one small thing that has happened this year to you personally, spiritually, that was unusual, unexpected, made you feel protected, guided and loved... don't hold back! I'm just curious.





26 comments:

  1. Hello Betty! First let me implore you not to waste those wonderful crabapples. Make them into jelly as I have done this year when one of our carers brought me a basket full. It is delicious and so pretty.
    As to something spiritual happening this year...difficult one. I suppose realising that in times of emergency ie me going into hospital,my family, steps and own, actually can pull together to support us.

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    1. It was a fair old way to the crab apples! if I get that far again will take myself some. I'm glad you have support form your family, it must be a very good feeling to know they are there for you.

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  2. A lovely post Betty ... always wonderful to see you in blogland. Your photos are beautiful - I loved that old Pub you went to with the burning fire. Autumn is such a pretty time of year. I hope your sons wound heals quickly & healthily Betty.

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    1. Thanks Julie, our National Health Service is stretched and it's times like this we see just how far - we are so glad of our nurses. They treat every patient as though they are the only person in the world despite being overworked and having more patients than they can get through :)

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  3. Oh I wish I'd known you were going to the 'wishing tree'. I'd have had you make a wish for me.

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    1. It was quite tiring doing all that walking backwards round a tree seven times - it's a big tree! by the time I finished I couldn't think what to wish for!

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  4. hello lovely! you've been to some of my fav places I see, actually you answered a question as well, I couldnt remember where i'd seen that very ancient tree!...love the warren house inn. I hope your son is ok now?...best wishes x

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    1. Hi Kazzie, I know I have been close to your neck of the woods, wish I could visit more often, it took us 7 hours to get there, traffic was terrible. The pub is really lovely, there was dear little old man playing the piano. Son feeling better, will take a long time though :)

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  5. What a lovely post. I like the look of the Warren House Inn, fancy the fire burning for so long. Those veggie dishes look good, reasonable prices, too!
    I hope your son gets better soon. Your description of the oven always being on was very touching.
    I find the less I post on my blog the harder it is, like there's a weight of expectation upon me. Even if you don't always feel inspired to do a longer post it's lovely to see your art or follow you on one of your walks! x

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    1. thanks for your reply Vix, really appreciated as you are such a busy lady! I will try to post a bit more often now we are coming into wintery nights.

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  6. I think we're destined to worry about our children the whole of their lives. I would love to visit the Ring of Brodgar on Orkney but like you say, life gets challenging. Glad you had a good visit and the pic of Dartmoor is very atmospheric. Glad your boy feels better.

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    1. I will have to google Ring of Brodgar, I just know it's going to be something special! Yes, I imagined we stop worrying about our children when they reach 18 but you just worry more when they have to start making their own decisions!

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  7. Sounds like a great visit. I'm sorry it rain. If you have unwanted rain still, please send it over, it is amazingly hot here still.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. We had a heatwave here Amalia so I really shouldn't complain! Everything is so losuh now since I did this post (October now) that I am grateful we have the rain, my garden is blooming!

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  8. Very Beautiful!!...Thanks for sharing!..I'm from Puerto Rico!..
    Hugs, Vanessa!!...

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    1. Hello Vanessa, thank you for visiting. I have been to see your blog, I am always interested in other parts of the world, that's the best thing about blogging, you live in a beautiful country.

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  9. Dear Betty Thank you for such beautiful sharing
    your last para made me realize that it's not just me stuck in tight routine of life!

    I am really sorry that may be i missed the post about the sickness of your precious son, this made me worried that your son is not well my friend but i am praying and i am sure that he will be fine after surgery! please stay positive and strong as you are dear friend!

    the area you visited with your brother is breath holding !

    well said that it is spiritual!
    enjoyed the read about interesting tree which makes wish come true and mysterious looking stones

    absolutely adored the most charming toilets with such nice ideas

    until our last breath life is constant struggle or we can say that we find business to fill the space of time we are given here

    Take care my friend
    hugs and blessings!!!

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  10. One early morning, I was a bit wakeful, but still in bed trying to snooze just a little bit longer. Suddenly my eyes popped open and I had a feeling/a glimpse of absolutely nothingness. It felt horrible and it made me so thankful for God's movement in my life, His willingness to listen to me and hold me close to His breast. I was chilled at the thought that some of the people I love live in nothingness, without the HOPE of the Savior of the world.
    I love your post, Betty. The way you describe the love you have for your family is sweet and lovely. YOU are sweet and lovely.

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    1. Faith is so personal, isn't it, I have faith, I feel comfort and protection and presence although I can longer give God a name or categorise Him in one faith.

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  11. I learned something from your post: sloe berries, had never heard of them though I've heard of a sloe gin fizz. now I suppose I know where the name comes from!

    I keep thinking I'll get back to blogging, but you and others are right - the longer you stay away the harder it is to get back!

    Something spiritual? After staying away from church for a year, my family visited a new one on Christmas Eve. (A strange time to visit a new church!) The people were so kind that we've been going there ever since and have felt wonderfully cared for. God knew we needed that!

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  12. What a beautiful tree, I hope your wish comes true.
    Can you imagine being responsible for keeping that fire going? I don't think I could sleep at night if it were down to me!
    I hope your son makes a full and speedy recovery after his surgery. You have the right attitude to life, we often forget to focus on what's really important, worrying about little things beyond our control. As long as we're warm, fed, rested and loved, what else really matters?
    And to answer your question, this summer I was spending time with someone I didn't know very well. The wife of a friend, she knew what I've be going through, and having gone through it herself, she chose a quiet moment to ask how I was getting on. People usually avoid the subject, not wanting to upset me, but being able to talk openly and honestly with someone who truly understood was like coming home. I'm so glad she had the courage to bring it up.
    xx

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  13. I enjoyed reading your post and seeing your photographs.

    I do hope your sons wound does now heal well.

    Sending my good wishes

    All the best Jan

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  14. I have rediscovered your blog - a real pleasure. There's a few lines I would like to quote on my blog, if you don't mind too.
    As to your question: this year I've gone through treatment for breast cancer. Bizarrely it is that experience that has made me feel nurtured and loved - by my family, my husband, my friends, the medical staff - all of them in their way have made me feel surrounded by strength and love. The Bible verse that has upheld me is: I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says "Do not fear, I will help you" I really believe that he has helped me through this time. I'm truly grateful that I went through this: it wasn't fun, but it wasn't terrible. I hope I won't have to face it again, but if I do, I'm confident that those who have upheld me this time will be there once again.

    Fat Dormouse (https://fatdormouse.wordpress.com/)

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  15. Thank you Alison, I am glad I have said something useful instead of the usual ramblings! I went over to your blog and am following now.

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