#Blogmas Games Night

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Do you still play board games at Christmas? We do as now it’s only 2 of us at home, you usually need at least 1 extra person to play a game, so when Mini Moon comes home, they soon get whipped out.

Game of life what a classic, We don’t have the newer version. So we still need a proper banker. Though we have tried the newer one, and that’s cool too.

My favourite game of all time, seen as I like crime so so much. Cluedo. You’d think I’d be good at it, but I was beat!! The Moons are too good at it.

What is your family tradition at Christmas?

#Blogmas The Big Tidy Up

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Well that’s two full days we’ve had, of spectacular food, laughs and awesome gifts. Feeling very loved and full of love for the family.

This year it’s been hard to see most of the family, and that hurts immensely. And with no car too, has made it near impossible to get about and even drop gifts off.

However with gifts that weve given each other comes mess, wrapping paper bits, envelopes and tape stuck all around, and it’s time to find home for those precious items you’ve been given.

So music on, and I’m going to do my best in getting things in order, though I hope to avoid bending as best as I can, hip still being awful.

Hope you guys are still enjoying the season, as it’s still Christmas for me until New Year….

#Blogmas Christmas Eve

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I confess I’ve not felt particularly festive persay, and everything I had looked forward too, like others have been dashed away.

But one film that will always cheer me up, is Santa Claus the Movie, the one with Dudley Moore in. I’m sure it’s one of my favourites as I clearly remember it from my childhood.

So come 11am I will be faithfully watching this, and relive my childhood for a few hours.

I love the story of how he became Santa, and the naughty elf Dudley Moore selling his magic.

But here are some other favourites I have from 2018 we loved this #ChristmasChronicle it was a fresh idea and approach to Santa, more relatable to children of today.

This year they followed up with #ChristmasChronicles2 and I honestly enjoyed it as much as the first, even though I knew it wasn’t a new formula this time.

I loved this, but my husband not so much it’s #JingleJangle a musical Christmas film, full of wonder and magic and love.

To end our day with #ArthurChristmas is a good day indeed, though I’ve seen many a time from 2011, it never fails to make me laugh. A real feel good movie, so grab your hot chocolate and marshmallows, stir in with a candy cane, and enjoy some festive films x

Camping Trip #Whitby

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Following an epic woodland Falling Foss walk the day before, we had hoped for a traditional beach day to sunbathe or paddle board. But the weather was freaky, inland at the site was glorious, but the coast was eerie, misty and dangerous.

What better than to visit a graveyard hunting for Dracula gravestones, his victims and one he hid in!!

The Fog was thick and very scary to drive in at times.

The Abbey could barely be seen, but no matter we were here for the Church yard instead.

And it couldn’t of looked more perfect if it had tried. Perhaps it looked like this when Bram Stoner wrote the novel?

Found one stone with the tell tale skull and cross bones, we had found it on a previous trip (Whitby Goth Weekend last October) but I knew there were 2 others to find.

Walked around each one to come across the others.

Finally we spotted the best one, also the hardest one to find.

And then the third one was found, looks like the first and was weirdly right next to it too. Never saw that last year.

Down the 199 steps there are benches, well I thought they were benches to rest on. Turns out they used to rest the bodies on them, as they carried them up to be buried!!

Mr Moon fits nicely. Bit eerie, and we probably looked like we were having a laugh but we were quiet somber too, never forgetting it has real loved ones buried here, so if you go please be respectful too.

This was our last full day, as only came from Tuesday to Friday. It was a whistle stop tour of Yorkshire and we know we left off many other things and places we are hoping to visit next time. Just never enough time or energy to do it all.

Another fry up tea, best thing about camping is not feeling guilty about the naughty food you eat. We wrapped up with blankets and hot chocolate and had more perseids shooting stars to watch. Yorkshire has the best skies to watch, so clear and vast.

Beltane Blessings

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Well the weather just HAD to go rainy for Beltane. So sadly no fire outside and celebrations for us.

Instead it’s movies, and absinthe and feel good times with the family here. What witch doesn’t enjoy #PracticalMagic

I’ve also started a Maceration process on the pelvis bones we found on a walk, that was my most witchy way to celebrate Beltane.

We should be celebrating my Grandson’s 4th Birthday and my eldest daughters Wedding Anniversary, but alas the lock down continues so we can’t.

But I will be watching lots of Star Wars films on Disney+ today as its #May4th to celebrate their wedding anniversary like they will.

Looking forward to watching Rise of Skywalker.

Happy Hippy 1st Birthday

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Whoa I’m actually at 1yr Birthday for my hip replacement. To celebrate I’ve been putting it through it’s paces,well as much as I can while not damaging the other one.

So for last week’s physio we did

  • Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins
  • Leg press 40kg x 15reps
  • Kettle bell stand up/sit downs x 15mins
  • Upside down Bosu ball squats (with parallel bars) x 15reps
  • Flat Bosu ball side lunges (with parallel bars) x 15reps each side
  • Trampoline marching x 5mins
  • Dumbbell walking lunges x 15reps each side
  • Resistance band squat walking x 15reps each side.

Holey mother that was a tough one, but I can see and feel improvement. So though I feel like I’m going to die afterwards I can only hope I fix faster and stronger.

We also walked in the countryside and saw beautiful Herons and Ducks too. The fresh air after being indoors all Christmas was perfect for my mind.

Walked with a walking pole, which is way way way harder and more taxing than a walking stick. So this was seriously putting me through the paces.

At the top of the socket, there’s a screw, which I’m sure is causing pain where I’d put my hands, if I was putting my hands on my hips. The cold recently is making it nag.

Had a truly epic enjoyable time, very grateful that determination and medication gets me through it. Though I will need days and days off to recover from it.

Knees are not improving when I go up and down stairs,they are still my nemesis

#Blogmas It’s Christmas Eve

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This month has been a weird one for me, with so many ups and downs, feeling organized at one point to being desperately underprepared at other times.

And of course because all children have flown the nest, we’ve found ourselves asking what even is Christmas?? Where is the magic? What is the point?

So the whole Christmas spirit hasn’t been present at all for me. Can’t be helped as my Mr Moon has had the lurgy, and no one feels like partying when you feel like death!!

We eventually dragged ourselves us to put the tree up on Friday and I will admit, it sparked a cosy warming feel to me. Maybe this is the Christmas spirit.

Some of my favourite decorations actually made me smile putting on the tree, and though we felt rough, poorly and sore it was so so worth it.

#Blogmas Yule Sabbat is here.

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Gather ye fellow witches and pagans, it’s the Winter Solstice, or better known Yule. From the German word Jul. Pronouced as Ewe-Elle. This year Yule is 22nd December until 2nd January.

The solstice is the signal that life and light is beginning to return, halfway through the darkest times, and come Imbolc 2nd Feb the first stirrings of life can be seen. It’s a time to celebrate!!

The Festival of Rebirth and The Return of the Sun

We celebrate the eventual end of the longest night, we realise now the dark is defeated with the Return of the Sun, there comes the return of light, hope and promises. Now is the time The Goddess gives birth to the Sun/Sun God. The Sun begins to wax, get stronger and stronger, which in turn means the days grow longer. All that is hidden will begin to emerge

The Oak King and The Holly King
The old ones have stories and tales of the two warring kings. They rule a season each. There is the Holly King who rules over the darkest parts of the year which ranges from Midsummer solstice to Yule, he is God of the Waning Year.

At Yule he is defeated, and gives his life to the young light Oak King, God of the Waxing Year and his twin, who rules over the lightest parts of the year, which ranges from Yule to Midsummer. Both rule for half of the year, both fight for the love of the Goddess and both give up their life force for the well-being of the land. In truth, they are one.

Yule

Is truly a time of celebrating, feasting and being together. Knowing you’ve survived the bleakest times and the light is returning, means more feasting is allowed, hence the big Christmas dinner. And our Yule tree is no different to a Christmas tree either, it’s how the tradition starred, deep in pagan roots.

Evergreens represent everlasting life which is why us pagans use them. Traditionally they would be hung around doorways and windows. And of course each one has a symbolism of its own. Do you know what they are? You may be surprised that all your Christmas traditions are actually Pagan Magick.


Mistletoe
A plant deeply steeped in pagan history and revered by the Druids, this is the healer and protector. It is carefully cut to ensure it never touches the earth. The magical properties it has from it lives between the worlds, between sky/heaven and earth. The white berries of mistletoe represent the fertile white semen of the life-giving male. Bet you didnt know thats why we kiss under it?!


Holly
Another evergreen of protection, I mean it’s spikes say protection all over!! The holly’s spiky bristles are believed to repel unwanted spirits, and unwanted attacks from everything else too. Back in the old days newborn babies used to be sprinkled with ‘holly water’, water in which holly had been soaked, especially potent if left under a full moon overnight. Holly is sacred to Holle, the Germanic underworld goddess, and symbolizes everlasting life, goodwill and potent life energy, as most red things do! Its red berries of this holly represent feminine blood.

Together, mistletoe and holly represent the Sacred Marriage at this time of year with the re-birth of the Sun/Son. Again this is why you often see these adorning your Yule wreaths and Decorations.

Ivy
Evergreen symbol of immortality and resurrection, and once again used for Christmas and yet no one knows why. Well as it growes into a spiral, this symbol reminds us of reincarnation and rebirth. Sacred one to God Osiris, where His death and resurrection was a central theme in Egyptian religion. Sacred also to Dionysys, god of vegetation, blossoming and the Return of Spring.


Pine
Its branches bring healing and joy to the home, and this is the Traditional tree we all choose to adorn our homes. We decorate it with representatives of lives, hopes, dreams, and honour our ancestors. It’s why our decorations are traditionally Green, for life, Red for feminine, White for masculine, Gold for the God and Silver for the Goddess.

Yule Log

Well it never used to be chocolate, rather it would be a lot from the previous year, that would be lit, and kept alight until Yule is over. Modern Yule logs can be logs made to hold tea lights or of course eat a chocolate one.

However you celebrate, I hope it’s a truly magickal blessed time for you all.

#Blogmas Birthday in December

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There is always a mad dash in December for Birthday celebrations, I have my Husband who is on the 9th and a Daughter on the 19th. And we have a Grandaughter due on the 18th.

So it’s fair to say December is a busy ole month.

Usually we have our tree up by the 9th December, but somehow the weeks have are running away with me. So so many life admin chores to do, and serious lack of mobility with energy hasn’t helped either.

But we celebrated with one daughter and her husband on the Saturday, with nibbles and cake! Loved this sparkler.

Then Sunday we visited his mum for another majestic birthday dinner.

Good ole Sunday dinner, some thing we haven’t had for a long time.

Then on Monday after lots of admin and chores to do, we knuckled down and made ( well husband the actual birthday boy made) a lovely Indian fakeaway meal. All the better to eat at home all snuggly and with our own drinks on tap.

This was me while hubby was cooking.

We rounded it off with Aldi Dark spiced rum which is DELICIOUS. While watching The Mandalorian too, as I had to see baby Yoda.

One birthday done, but not completed as we are celebrating again on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th too.

Dark Gathering 2019 Part 3

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Sadly our time to leave has come, and believe me when I say, we ae heartbroken. This place, this time, this event really touched us. It was perfect.

To end the trip properly, we gathered ourselves ready to walk the Rocky Valley.

This is what the website says about it.

Take in majestic views of the bay near Bossiney

The stream starts life high up on Venn Down, 820ft (250m) above sea level. From there it meanders through fields before tumbling dramatically, first at the waterfalls at St Nectan’s Glen, then through rocky bluffs and deep clefts all the way to the open ocean in the bay near Bossiney. Grade of walk: Trainer (all rounder); type of walk: ‘Waterside Walks’, ‘Hidden Places’.

It was not EASY, and I struggled if I’m honest. But the sights were worth the pain, and stiffness.

We found the ancient labyrinth carvings, the old mill and raging waters.

Bridge wasn’t confidence inspiring! Least it warned us.

The walk itself isn’t long, but it is grand and energies felt around the water and stones, and earth. Brilliant place to end our spiritual journey on.