It’s the autumn equinox today…
I’m pagan, so celebrating pagan festivals is part of our year. The biggest being Halloween and Yule.
For autumn we enjoy a feast from all the abundance of food from the harvests and store food for the winter. We have limited crops, as being a Spoonie, gardening is low on my priorities of things to spend my energy on, but we do have some, so we gather what we have. But to make it all more special, we headed out to our local farm that has pick your own fruit and veg crops.
We then prepare the veg and fruits and freeze some, then make jams, chutneys, fruit pies, cakes, and a hearty meal for the evening.
The fire pit is lit, so we can enjoy our meal outdoors, and we make wishes with wish papers and burn our troubles too. We also light lanterns to remember our loved ones passed.
All in all it’s a lovely day.
In a healthy household all this would happen in just one day, but here it’s spread out over numerous days as it’s impossible for me to achieve all of that in just one day! So one day we harvest from the garden, another day we go to the farm, yet another day we prepare the veg and fruit and cook different things to store it for the winter, and then another day spent preparing our evening feast. Then we enjoy the fire pit that evening.
The boys and hubby do most of the work, since I’m usually exhausted really quickly, so I just watch from the comfort of the sofa in the kitchen. I often fall asleep early too, so I have to take naps on the day ready for the fire pit in the evening.
I don’t feel too melancholy though, this is life now, I’ve accepted it and moved on. Hey, we get numerous days of fun! All from just one small festival.