Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it!
Love and Bright Blessings to you all
|Some of the lovely festive fragrances I bought today!|
It's that time of year again! This morning I went Christmas shopping. I wanted to get as much done in one day as possible because Yorkshire is currently on high alert for probable flooding. The river was bubbling like a cauldron right next to the car park so it was with some trepidation that I left my little car and heading into the mall. All the flood defenses were up around the shopping center, which does kind of take the buzz out of things, but the seasonal decorations were spectacular as always.
I did manage to get most of the gifts I wanted to buy. I also picked up my diary for 2013 and it is identical to my 2012 one - a lovely red rose design. I picked up some new tree decorations too. I always buy a special ornament each year, building the collection to go on my tree. This year it was a pretty blown glass ballerina, en pointe, with a white feathered tutu. She reminds me of Odette, and as I am going to see Swan Lake in January, she is an appropriate addition to my tree. I saw some lovely owl decorations I might go back for later this week, weather depending.
Then I bought my Yankee candles for the festive season. I always pick up some plug in refills, wax tarts and tea lights as well as candles as I like to dot little flames of fragrance all around my home. I have a plug in on in the hallway and the winter fragrance is the first thing visitors notice. I try to make my house a warm, glowing retreat of comfort and joy; a place where I can snuggle down under a throw and watch a festive DVD, or curl up and read a book, breathing in the scent of Christmas and nibbling on winter treats.
I chose some old favorites and a couple of their new winter collection; the Christmas Eve candle is one I get every year. I place it on my hearth and light it as my Yule candle on the winter solstice, burning it throughout the season. I also got more Sparkling Cinnamon candles as they make my kitchen smell so cosy. From the new collection I bought Sugared Apple, Snow in Love and also Cherries on Snow.
I am already burning Sugared Apple tea-lights and they smell so fairytale! I'm looking forward to decorating the house and getting the tree up this weekend. Meanwhile I plan to spend the afternoon with my feet up before the fire, listening to festive New Age CDs, shopping on Amazon and sipping the Starbucks take-out frappuccino I grabbed on the way out of the shopping center. Luckily my car hadn't been washed away and the river seems to be behaving itself ...for now at least. Happy Monday!
|A whole morning working at the laptop writing up new proposal for one of my editors.|
|I'm burning this lovely wintry apple scented candle - it reminds me of Snow White.|
|And I'm wearing this beautiful fairytale perfume - another Snow White product.|
|I'm going to spend the afternoon in fairytale land watching these fabulous films...|
|Julia Roberts is far too nice to be a wicked queen....but she makes me laugh in this film.|
|I also plan to eat a girly pink cupcake with pink edible pearls on top!|
|I found myself standing by a snowy lamppost, just like Lucy.|
|Flaunt your feathers and beguile him with a smile.|
|A sign of things to come! 1984; I was 11 years old here and at my Nan's house. Not the best pumpkin I ever carved.|
|Now; from the Spirit&Destiny photo shoot to promote my spell-casting column. And yes, the hair IS all my own.|
There is a saying in witchcraft; once a witch, always a witch. Basically it means that if you feel drawn to the gentle positive magic of witchcraft now, you were probably on this path in a past life. It is more like finding your way back and remembering the techniques than learning something new.
Although most kids enjoy the spirit of Halloween, I always felt especially excited at this time of year. I never went trick or treating as my father wouldn't allow it, but my brother and I enjoyed many other Halloween games such as apple bobbing, apples on strings, 'suck and see' where you are blindfolded and dip your finger into foodstuffs and guess what it is by taste - black treacle always had me stumped!
Looking through old family albums I discovered this photo of me as a child celebrating Halloween. It made me smile, as it is a foreshadowing of future events and the turn my life has taken, working as a full time pagan author. I thought I would share the pictures even though they are fuzzy, share the magic and possibly make you smile too.
I will be observing Samhain quite gently this year, rather than celebrating; but I do wish you all a very magical Halloween night.
|Beautiful deep plum soft furnishings - the new colour for my winter time boudoir|
Photo from; http://househomegarden.blogspot.com/
|Proserpine is Rossetti's version of the beautiful Persephone.|
|Today I have been having a lovely relaxing time, busy doing nothing, curled up in my nightie; reading, pondering, writing in my journal and generally being very lazy! Here's what my day looks like...|
|It all began with a bowl of sweet cinnamon porridge and coffee|
|Then a lovely shower with this autumn scented body wash from www.thebodyshop.co.uk|
|I'm wearing this soft blue nightie from www.hush-uk.com|
|And burning this warm, comforting scented candle from www.yankeedirect.com|
|I enjoyed a lovely cream tea of plain scones with blackberry jam and Cornish clotted cream....|
|....with a marathon of my three favorite magical sisters....|
|....and a few of these to round off a lovely day of lazy indulgence!|
|My candle addiction! I love filling my home with Yankee scents.|
Photo from; www.yankeedirect.com
|The comfort of one's own bed after travelling is perfect bliss.|
Picture from; www.google.com
|A Perfect Example of A Time Spiral|
Photo from angelslightworldwide.com .