May Day – Embracing the Seasons

The May 1st or May Day has traditionally been a seasonal day of significance. Many folklore customs originated from the Dark Ages, when the ancient Celts divided their year by four major festivals. Beltane or ‘the fire of Bel’, had particular significance to the Celts. The Gaelic May Day festival marked a halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. May Day has been associated with fun, revelry and fertility. The first day of summer was celebrated with bonfires to welcome in the new season and thought to lend life to the spring and summer sun. The smoke and ashes were believed to have protective powers. People and cattle would walk around the fire or leap over the flames for good luck. May Day brought together both customs from the Floralia and Beltane festivals.

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March Reflections

March Films & TV

The Lady in the Van – I was fortunate enough to see the play written by Alan Bennett, The Lady in the Van,  at the theatre some years ago. It was brilliant so I have been looking froward to the film for some time. I also really enjoyed the film. It was heartwarming, entertaining, funny and heartbreaking. Maggie Smith, who plays Mary Shepard, is excellent throughout. I think she is an amazing actress. The film captured a time and a place in the UK really well. It tells the true story of Mary Shepherd, an elderly woman who lived in a dilapidated van on Bennett’s driveway in London for 15 years. It’s                                                                   an incredible story about an incredible woman.

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The Man Fom U.N.C.L.E – I also really enjoyed this film. I have not seen the original mid-to-late 1960s television series of the same name, so I just had to take this  at face value. I loved atmosphere of the film – very sleek and 1960’s. I’m not generally a big fan of spy films (having never managed to sit through an entire James Bond film) but this was an entertaining spy caper that didn’t seem to take itself too seriously. International intrigue and escapist fun, that doesn’t depend on having any foreknowledge of the original series in order to enjoy this new adventure.

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Spring – embracing the season

 

The clocks moved forward in the UK last night, heralding the start of the lighter nights. The sun is shining and I am enjoying being in the middle of a 4 day weekend. To embrace the season I’ve made a bit of a seasonal display for our living room window. I’ve included some beautiful daffodils and hyacinth and some cute fluffy bunnies and a fluffy chick. I have also made my own decopatch Easter Eggs for my Easter basket. It’s definitely feeling like spring has sprung!

What are you doing to embrace the spring season? What are your favorite tings about spring? 

The Coming of Spring

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Spring is my favourite season. Last weekend in the UK saw the Spring Equinox. The word equinox is Latin for “equal night”.  Gardens, woodlands and grass verges are a blanket of daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops. The light is returning.

The beginning of spring has been seen as a time of renewal by cultures around the world throughout history. Bringing in the end of winter, with the days brighter and growing longer after the vernal equinox.Read More »

The Hearth of the Home

Historically the hearth provided the main source of heat for the home, as well as being the place where most of the cooking was done. Naturally, the fireplace evolved into the central gathering place for the family and the hearth became synonymous with home – especially during the long winter months.

“For me it is sufficient to have a corner by my hearth, a book and a friend, and a nap undisturbed by creditors or grief.”     Fernandez de AndradaRead More »

February Reflections

Monthly Reflections is a new category being introduced to Cultivating Time. My monthly Reflections will be a bit of a monthly round up and a chance for me to take stock and reflect on the month. I hope you enjoy.

I will be writing a post next month exploring the role of reflection – watch this space!

February Films & TV

Ant-Man – I loved  this film. The special affects were brilliant and great fun. This is the sort of film I feel special effects are made for. Definitely one of my favourite super hero films. Some memorable scenes with the special effects. All I’m going to say is – record, disco, carpet and Thomas! They even managed to be the product placement entertaining and funny. Some really clever concepts and ideas. I even enjoyed the fight scenes, which I normally switch off from completely but these were different. Who knew ants would one day star so greatly in a Hollywood hit! Make sure you stick it out right to the very end of all the credits. There are 2 extra scenes setting the scene for future films.

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Let’s Read Heidi, Build a Sandcastle and Celebrate My New Job

 

What was your favorite book or movie as a child?

As a very small child I loved to read the story of Heidi. I still have this book today.

 

 

What is your favorite season and why?

 

I love spring. It’s a wonderful feeling after the long winter. I enjoy spring flowers, nature coming back to life and the warmer, brighter days.

 

Do you have a bucket list? What is number 1?

I don’t have a bucket list. I have a Life List of simple things I have always wanted to do or haven’t spent time doing since I was a child. One of the things on my list is – Build a Sandcastle.

If I am lucky enough to holiday near the beach this year, I’m going to take some time out to build a wonderful sandcastle. Read More »