Wow! It’s been a long time since I last posted. I didn’t mean to go so long without writing a post but as the Spring has turned into Summer I have found that my other life as part of Flotsam the Fool’s Circus Workshops has taken over and I have been too busy to sit down and write my thoughts. The last time I wrote it was the Spring Equinox and here we are now the other side of Beltane.
Beltane or May Day marks the halfway point between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice and is traditionally considered the first day of Summer – judging by the heatwave that the UK has been experiencing it has definitely arrived!
As a Pagan we celebrate the transition of the Goddess from her Maiden aspect into the Mother which happens in the usual way, making this very much a fertility festival and, very often, the time of year that we get married (or hand-fasted) or renew our vows.
The first Monday in May is a bank holiday here in the UK so there are very often May Day celebrations which include dancing round the Maypole and the crowning of a May Queen who is then paraded through the streets. We have lots of friends who are Morris Dancers who get up every year at dawn to dance as the sun rises to greet the summer – some even believe that if they didn’t do it the summer would never arrive. We have joined them on many occasions, but this year chose to stay in bed instead!
We did celebrate though, we went for a lovely walk in our local woods looking for signs of summer in the form of ferns, bluebells and wild garlic. We had a wonderful picnic by the stream and we collected suitable looking wands to bring home and decorate. Mr B found a nice wand that reminded me of an antler and decorated it with green ribbon to represent all the plants he would like to grow on the allotment. Miss T’s wand has buds on one end and looked a lot like a fairy wand – she decorated hers with pink, white and purple ribbon and yarn to represent peace and love. I found a wonderful gnarly branch which I have decorated with orange ribbon and purple yarn. I thought it looked like a shaman’s totem or a druid’s wand and wanted to give it a spider web and feather feel. The colours represent positivity and happiness.
I have been using my yarn for knitting over the last few weeks as well. Following on from my plastic-free sponges I have created some lovely ‘spa’ face cloths for the family.
I completed a cow and a rabbit for customers in America and have started a Highland Bull for my grandmother. A couple of months ago Jim Bowen, the presenter of the Darts-based TV Game Show ‘Bullseye’ passed away and my grandmother requested that I make her a ‘Bully the Bull’ the mascot from the show. I had a pattern for a Highland Bull which I have adjusted slightly and have currently working my way through making it. When he is done I will send him to my mum so that she can sew him a stripy shirt – she’s a much better seamstress than I am.
Saying that I have been getting the sewing machine out recently. Flotsam & Floret were booked to run circus workshops at a VW Car Show earlier this month, they also asked if we could provide Carnival Themed Stilt Characters in the evening so I busily set to putting together carnival fairy costumes. I think they look quite effective! The festival was lots of fun!
I’m looking forward to a very busy summer and I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine while it lasts.