Saturday, October 31, 2020

Samhain, So Be It

 Samhain

Gathering the final harvest. Apportioning it fairly. Culling what can't be fed through the winter. Prior to government handouts, food banks, soup lines, electricity and refrigeration, you were on your own. What you harvested and stored was all there was between living and starving. You spent eight months sowing, cultivating, growing, reaping, the other four you spend hoping it was enough. 

Brings the mind right down to reality. Life isn't much different now, except if you have money or barter you can get milk and apples and flour in the depth of winter. We reap what we sow in any era. And we live with our choices and actions. So be it. 

Art by Jacqui Lovesey

12 comments:

  1. With the threats of another lockdown looming many are starting to gather and store for the coming months.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Rob has always been a full pantry boy and I have fabric and thread... and TP ;)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yet still there are those who think that what they've reaped is someone else's fault.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Or want that benefit without the effort. Humans...ergk. I just acutally subscribed to a newpaper (digital I mean) for the first time. The new york times, and read this in the first article.
    "Emotions are really good at raising questions and really bad at answering them,” Zach Teutsch Generally why we get asked for readings.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Replies
    1. thank you for stopping by! We need to remember the basic needs are always with us, and not get distracted by the wants.

      Delete
  6. Well we are back in lockdown here from midnight on November 5th. Uncle Boris said that we should still attend hospital appointments. Good that 'Im-indoors has one on the 4th and another on the 5th. I have a garage full of apples if anyone is desparate!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was hoping to benefit from Richard and Linda's tree again this year, but the deer ate half the crop. I'd love a pot of home cooked applesauce. We have november and december appointments coming up too. Our leader has eliminated any hope of a lockdown working here by ignoring it completely. They are figuring 30K infections and 700 dead as a result of his gatherings the last few months. Crazy. Anyway, would love some apples, Himself Indoors here is making a pumpkin pie as we speak.

      Delete
  7. Now how to get it in the post??? Reminds me of the days post WW2 when lots of things were still on ration and those neighbours who had relatives in "the colonies" were often in receipt of boxes of dried fruits. They would divi the contents of the box into smaller pakages to share with neighbours. Remember tasting apricots snd sultanas from South Africa for the first time. Mum would trade veg and flowers from our garden. Happy, simple times.....................

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. those boxes have come up a number of times in my books on the era. My tiny brain has trouble getting around rationing of food as it occurred here, America was still feeding itself then rather than being deprived by blockades etc. So if we could feed everyone before WWII, and yes food was diverted to feeding soldiers, but we'd been feeding all those people pre-war, why did it make for shortages? My mind goes round and round :)

      Delete

I welcome your thoughts. Good bad or indifferent; opinions are the lifeblood of conversation and I always learn something from a new point of view. Thank you for visiting, Sharyn