Here Comes the Sun – We Hope

 

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What are the chances that the rain will have stopped by 1 May – traditionally the date of the great Fire Festival.

Everyone is sodden and we could all do with a good wringing out, so let’s hope for a bright shiny warm Beltane.

Yes, it’s almost here, marking the beginning of summer, when we can all be driving our cattle to fresh pastures and lighting bonfires. The more adventurous could be leaping over those bonfires while the rest of us strip off our winter woollies and plastic macs and lie down in the long grass without fear of sinking into the mud.

There used to be so many rituals and traditions with feasting and decking everything out with blossoms. Don’t forget soaking oneself in alcohol and allowing the mind to wander toward warm nights and fertility rights.

Ah, I happily recall warm nocturnal hillsides and the May celebrations in the Cornwall of my youth… but ahem… a veil will be drawn over that carry-on.

There was lots to be done in the old times, with clearing the grate and re-setting domestic fires, preparing of feasts and of course, getting those bonfires set up and leading the livestock between to protect them. Not to mention soaking ourselves in morning dew to make us more beautiful and desirable.

Personally, I will settle for a nice dry day with a clear, warm night and – who knows? – if the tides are right, a dip in the crisp, welcoming ocean, sans jellyfish.

Simple pleasures.

 

Kitty Parsons

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