Michaelmas is here … was here :-) It was marvellous. I enjoyed today’s preparations, conversations, reflections and feasting with my family so very, very much.
And it was one of my best mothering days ever. Abigail and I were the most beautiful team – we started with our list and just meandered, perfectly in time with each other, through the day, relishing every activity.
There was a lot of perserverance, good humour, patience, a little bit of tongue-biting (Abigail vacuumed, I was appreciative), some really good talking and thinking and embracing of new ways of approaching things, a whole lot of gratitude, and a ton of love that has me sitting here at 1 am on a cold and blustery night, filled with warmth and a wonderful zest for the life that we put all our energy into creating each day.
:: each item crossed off by the girlie with melodramatic relief (and secret pleasure) ::
:: the steeping goose – in a medieval brine ::
:: awesome rise courtesy of sitting in a hot bath with her shower cap on ::
:: a rose scented blackberry and apple pie ::
:: nanny dougall’s embroidered cloth and great uncle frank’s china ::
:: fiery stars flung to earth by an archangel ::
:: she had the touch for tying the ends prettily ::
:: proving me right – teenage girls love polishing silver ::
:: Abby’s Michaelmas Candle (in her freshly polished bowl) ::
:: they came from a broken chandelier on the side of the road – true story! ::
:: all ready for feasting – including Julian’s decorative addition – frothy fennel heads ::
:: sure that some goose will come her way eventually ::
:: teaching the cousins to play 500 – with darling cards illustrated with characters from medieval literature, thrifted yesterday at the Salvos
:: Hannah – getting the hang of it too well ::
:: the glee of a won trick ::
:: thank you ::