This is my favourite time of year. I love the autumnal misty mornings, dewy cobwebs, abundance of hedgerow food and the colder, darker days and nights. This is the time of year when I am most myself. Not to mention Samhain is only a few weeks away and that makes me as happy as a child with unlimited access to the sweet shop!
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One of the traditions of Mabon is to be thankful. Because of my depression I often forget to be grateful; too caught up in all the bad to remember how much good there is in my life. Let me share a few of the excellent things I am thankful for this year:
1 – Having my best friend in my life. Yes, he’s been around for a long time now, but every year that passes increases how thankful I am for having met and got to know him. Thank you to (image of train is an in-joke)
(image of Charlie the diesel shunter from here because I can’t find my picture!)
2 – Making a new friend. Sometimes you are just in the right place at the right time and this person came along when I was looking for more online pagan connections and her online moot is fabulous. Thank you to
(Raven image found here)
3 – Mobility – I am thankful that I can walk for a couple of hours at a time, visiting a variety of woodland, scrub and river locations easily from my home. I am thankful that I am fit enough to do so and to enjoy doing so. There is nothing more calming than walking in nature.
Beautiful old oak king on an abandoned golf course near my home
4 – I am grateful that I can afford to bake wonderful foods combining an abundance of ingredients which I can buy from any shop or pick from the wild. I am thankful that I have access to such a cornucopia when so many have little or nothing in this world.
Apple cake and white bread made this morning.
Above all, I am incredibly thankful that I can practice my beliefs without censure and without fear in a world where this is true for so few. I am aware of how privileged I am and I try to show my thankfulness by helping others wherever and whenever I can in any way I can. It may not be much but – and Tesco have it right for once – every little counts. Imagine all those little things, every small action, building and growing and it is just possible to imagine the world as a better, more accepting, more peaceful place.
A small celebration I did this morning including apples from my garden and from the wild, plus some berries and leaves and Green Man incense from the wonderful Goddess & Green Man shop in Glastonbury.
Thank you for reading; I’m grateful 😉