Full Moon Magic and Mystery

 

It is a wonderful sight the full moon.  Nothing seems to conjure up more magic, myths and reverence than that golden orb rising above my tree line.  For a while I am transported from my problems and left to watch in deep regard for this constantly returning visitor.   

As it rises in the night sky a warm glow is cast over the farm and I’m sure the animals wonder when I will be turning out the lights.  Even the roosters crow in the middle of the night when the full moon splashes through their coop window – hmm, perhaps shades are in order for the next coop renovation. 

For centuries, cultures have ascribed magical properties to the full moon and in literature and art it is depicted in fascinating ways. 

There are so many wonderful stories and myths regarding the full moon and it allows us to look up in wonder and let our mind wander for just a bit.  Be captured by the majesty and magic. From werewolves to lunacy to love and lust and everything in between. 

A full moon can bring a sense of calm to even the busiest moment – I’m sure the hustle and bustle of this old street scene in LA came to a standstill at some point to observe the moon. 

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Los Angeles Under A Full Moon

I recently ran across this interesting “myth” about the moon and I must say it was not one I have heard before.

 

A rabbit dwells on the moon.

Intriguingly, legends from various traditions around the world, including Buddhism and Native American folklore, recount the tale of a rabbit that lives on the moon. This shared myth may reflect common interpretations of markings on the lunar surface—an alternate take on the fabled “man in the moon.” Shortly before Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969, mission control in Houston jokingly referred to the Chinese version of the story, telling the spaceship’s crew, “Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning, there’s one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit.” Command module pilot Michael Collins replied, “Okay. We’ll keep a close eye out for the bunny girl.”

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Bunny Clock

 

 

MOONDANCE LYRICS (Thanks Van Morrison)

Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance With the stars up above in your eyes A fantabulous night to make romance ‘Neath the cover of October skies

And all the leaves on the trees are falling To the sound of the breezes that blow And I’m trying to please to the calling Of your heart-strings that play soft and low

And all the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

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Moondance Art

 

From the National Geographic Site – The October full moon will also make its closest approach to Earth on the 16th, making for a spectacular lunar event. Sky-watchers are gearing up for a super-sized moon that will grace evening skies this Sunday, October 16. The so-called HUNTER’S Supermoon kicks off a lunar triple play happening over the next three months. And if you miss this month’s Supermoon, don’t despair. The full moons of November and December will also be Supermoons. Next month’s Supermoon promises to be the most impressive, as it will be the largest full moon visible in our skies so far this century.

 

So – go look up in wonder and let your mind wander – enjoy the beauty, drink in the magic.

 

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A Haunting Moon

The Merry Month of MAY

Maia was a Roman goddess in charge of the newly growing plants that appeared each year in the springtime. Today the month of May retains the name that still honors this Roman goddess and is beautifully represented by Lily-of-the-Valley.

When April steps aside for May, Like diamonds all the rain-drops glisten; Fresh violets open every day: To some new bird each hour we listen. – Lucy Larcom

Raindrops on Spiderweb

Scented Violets

                                                                

Oriole Watercolor

                                    

 May is a time of renewal and growth and I find I make more resolutions in May than at the start of the year. I’ll let you know how the resolutions work out.  Enjoy the month Mother Nature has laid before us.

Opening The Old Barn Door

So…here I sit with my fingers poised ever so lightly on the keyboard and I’m staring at a blank screen.  My own blog — wow…always wanted one but now what? This kinda reminds me of grade 10 English Composition class when you had an assignment to write a short story based on some random word or phrase thrown out, seemingly, on a whim by the teacher.  I always had brain freeze.  Okay, let me start at the beginning and tell you a bit about myself and what I do; seems like a good enough place to start.

 

I am a full time organic farmer – not a big farm, just a small family farm where my husband and I can grow what we need to eat and offer up the extra when possible.  We grow heirloom vegetables and take seed saving seriously.  We have a flock of laying hens, and Katahdin sheep and raise our own meat chickens as well.  Having moved from the big city to our little piece of heaven about 12 years ago, we constantly astound ourselves with what we have learned – we didn’t grow so much as leaf lettuce when we lived in the city.  My journey to follow my dream sounds like a good idea for another blog post down the road as I really believe in following your heart. 

Plate of Heirloom Beauty

I am a full fledged tomato geek….I love them and the stories that come along with these wonderful heirloom beauties.  Like fine wine, they each have a flavor of their own and the colour array is astounding.  More in a future blog on heirloom tomatoes – I can go on and on about that topic. 

Garlic Scape - yummy goodness

My other growing fascination is garlic – I planted approximately 1800 bulbs last fall of 15 heirloom varieties.  With our early spring they have blasted off and are growing like crazy.  I can hardly wait for the scapes to appear. It is a labour of love to cut each scape from the plant and my mouth starts to water at the thoughts of pickled scapes, scape pesto etc. Sounds like another topic to me.

To provide balance in my life I share my passion for vintage postcards and paper ephemera through my Etsy shop (TheOldBarnDoor).  How I ended up collecting postcards is certainly fodder for another blog along with why bother collecting and what you can do with them in terms of crafting. 

Vintage Postcards as works of art

Vintage Postcards capture our history

Vintage Postcards capture our history

Real Photo postcards capture life's moments

Vintage postcards display nature's beauty

Gee, for someone who didn’t have anything to say for her first blog,this is a good start.  I’m so thrilled to finally have a blog.  This is a rather amazing feat when you consider that I’m still on dial up phone connection for my internet and have no cell phone service in my area – remember those days?

I look forward to sharing my passion for eating fresh and local along with my love of vintage postcards, stamp collecting and misc paper ephemera.  Oh…I love to cook too so you can expect me to ramble on about that as well. And, photography…

TheOldBarnDoor is creaking closed for now