“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” John Muir.
My dear friends,
Let the Sun Shine In ~ this has been such a very special year so far, gosh ~ I wanted to thank you all personally for being so patient with me while I have been offline for a while, though I always nip into our EF community each day to check on things and read your much appreciated magical blogs and lovely messages to one another. With the publication of our second Spring Faezine *squee* and as my last entry was around the time of the snowdrops, I would like to repay the favour and write a bit of a Be catch up…
My be-ing-a-mum job has been especially busy and wonder-filled these past few months. As I mention in my editor piece below, our eldest son Tim recently reached the exciting age of 21. After some much-planned surprises, and an awesome ‘Suit Up’ party here at home for his friends, we had weeks of celebrations with extended family staying, and enough balloons in the cottage to resemble the film ‘Up’! We went on a few excursions out, including taking my elderly parents to see the breathtaking Magnolias at Westonbirt Arboretum. For my own birthday, my boys all treated me to Afternoon Tea at Claridge’s in Mayfair, a dream come true and truly thrilling. Debbie Reynolds, one of my favourite actresses from my childhood (especially in the film ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’) came to a theatre nearby, and her ‘Alive and Fabulous’ Show was amazing ~ I even got to say hello and shake her soft little hand *faints*. Then, for George’s 19th birthday we took the lads up to London to see the Broadway cast in their brilliant production of ‘Hair’, oh my, we were all dancing On stage at the end!! Jamie Cullum was performing again at our nearby Jazz Festival and we had another inspirational night out with him, he has been a great influence on George’s music career *applause* Such a lot of treats ~ lucky, lucky Be I know (gives thanks)
It is a conscious decision to be even more submerged in my family at the moment for many reasons, not least that Tim will be going off to University in September... Therefore, I am very determined to Be in the family-life blessing me each day, whether that consists of a trip up to the British Museum, walking over in the bluebell woods or watching movies together. I am thus eternally grateful for your patience and kind continued energy on here, especially when I am belated in my welcomes and comments ~ EF continues to be my online magical haven and a bright shining star in my sky...
Happy Thoughts and Merrie moments always
Be – ing the editor of Faezine,
A very warm welcome to our Enchanted Folk Faezine - this fifth edition is oh so happy to be among the bluebells once again *big smiles* As The Green Man arrived, I felt genuinely moved to make him our pertinent Spring cover story – such magnificence, I am sincerely humbled in his elemental presence and delighted beyond measure to be featuring a story that will surely resonate with all those of an enchanted nature…
Spring is my very favourite time of year, and it blossoms beautifully in the caring and experienced hands of our regular columnists - we are all ready to embrace Mother Nature’s exhilarating renewal. The Light returns.
My own wild country garden is literally bursting with life; blackbirds, robins, thrushes, finches and sparrows are busily collecting the high-energy seeds I put out for their young, singing their gratitude gloriously each evening. The Barn owl is regularly swooping through, quartering the land even in bright sunshine - apparently neglected pasture is the perfect habitat for their preferred field voles! Baby rabbits seem to like sitting on my backdoor step nibbling the new grass, while swallows chatter on the telegraph wires overhead. Adorable lambs bleat to their mums in the dew-laden fields surrounding us, as the birds sing their hearts out in another stunning dawn chorus. Bumblebees are again resident in our old chimneybreast - humming and buzzing while collecting pollen from the pretty primroses, cowslips and bluebells as I sit watching them, taking another Merrie moment drinking a cup of tea under the now fragrant apple trees.
In the spirit of new beginnings we have another special Faezine baby to Welcome, Jacob Christopher Dawe recently arrived! We congratulate our dear columnist Alexandra Dawe on her gorgeous little son, and send this enchanted family many blessings. My own beautiful boys were born in the spring, and with our eldest just turning twenty-one, this has been an amazingly poignant and joyous time of family celebrations with precious memories and emotional, treasured times together.
As always I am sincerely appreciative to our Enchanted Folk members for their wonderful Faezine contributions – they have a unique and magical way of sharing each new season. This personal task of gathering such riches is pure pleasure, I am grateful indeed.
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"Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been." Mark Twain