Although the Autumn is my favourite time of year, I do love Beltane, I think most of us do, even if we don’t have pagan leanings. What’s not to love about the returning warmth, animals being born, food starting to grow. There is both joy and relief, at this time of year.
In addition to all of the above, this is traditionally the day that the folks in various parts of Northern Europe turn their animals out to the fields. It’s also believed to be the day the faeries return from their winter hideaways.
My sprouts were a bust (due to negligence) so we won't have those for tonight's feast. I do think I'll grab a chicken from the freezer and see what's up around the yard.
Alongside the chicken we'll no doubt have some new potatoes (not mine, they're not ready yet) and carrots. Probably we'll have some fairy cakes and oat cakes and asparagus (the season just started here) along with a lemon tart (to symbolize the sun) or an apple pie (or both, because yum!) and loads of cream.
But for now, I’m jumping on board the Suzuki Foundation 30X30 campaign. I’ll be playing with goats, weeding (maybe collecting cleavers for cleaver beer), watering the greenhouse and hanging out laundry. Are you up for the 30X30?