The Gnome and I – Adventures in First Time Home Ownership – Chapter 14 – Spring Surprises

The Gnome and I – Adventures in First Time Home Ownership
Chapter 14 –  Spring Surprises

To read from the beginning click here: The Gnome and I

The long cold Winter had finally ended.  Spring brought some surprises.  The bulbs I had planted in Autumn had sprouted!  The crocuses (croci?) were the first to bloom.  Followed by daffodils and tulips.  Having always lived in rentals, I never had the opportunity to plant anything outside.   So I was happy to see that the bulbs had bloomed even though I had not planted that many.

croci

croci2      daffodils
tulipsHenri was excited as well and set his swing amongst the tulips.

A rather interesting phenomena had occurred; my front door was slowly turning into a dragon.
dragondoor
A town mandate required me to post a warning.  Which probably accounted for my mail and deliveries being thrown onto my porch from a safe distance.
bewaresign
Some surprises were wholly unwelcome.  One of the walls in the kitchen developed a large crack.  As did the ceiling.  Apparently the person who installed the drywall did not tape and finished the seams properly.
kitchenwall               kitchen ceiling

The paint on the woodwork all over the house was beginning to chip and crack, revealing varnished wood underneath.  Even a novice such as myself knows painting latex over varnish is a disaster waiting to happen.  The varnish either needs to be removed completely or at the very least, an application of primer before painting.  There was no chance of removing the paint and varnish now that my things were here.  So my only option was to continue to paint over the cracks.  My Summer to-do list was becoming extremely lengthy!

crackingpaint

 

 

 

What’s Your Sign? Celtic Lunar Astrology and Druid Tree Lore July and August Birthdays

Druid Tree Lore – Celtic Lunar Astrology
8th July – 4th August

8-Holy-Unicorn-Druid-Tree-Celtic-Zodiac-Print

Above is my new design for the 11 inch x 14 inch Zodiac signs!  They can be personalised with your name or the recipient’s name. Below is the 8 inch x 10 inch Zodiac sign.
All of the designs can be seen on my website magickmermaid.com

Holly_Unicorn_Celtic_Zodiac_Print

About Druid Tree Lore and Celtic Lunar Astrology
People have been marking the passage of time by the phases of the moon for millennia. Although it is impossible to say for certain because the lore and traditions were not written, many historians believe that both the Celts and Druids used a 13 month lunar calendar.  The months and symbols differ from the solar calendar with which most of us are familiar. Druidic horoscopes are often mentioned in legends.

Trees have long been a source of sacred folklore with each chosen to represent the months and having its own magickal properties. The Ogham symbols may have been devised by ancient Druids. As several of the symbols refer to trees, the ogham alphabet is often called the Tree Alphabet. These symbols are included next to the tree names which are shown in both English and Old Irish. The animal symbols are my interpretation based on various sources. The ruling planets of each sign are also noted.  The information provided here is an introduction to the wealth of knowledge concerning Druid teachings and Celtic lore.

See the entire collection of zodiac signs at MagickMermaid (Studio tab at the top of the page).

 

The Gnome and I – Episode 13 – A New Year

The Gnome and I – Episode 13
A New Year and Valentine’s Day

To read from the beginning click here: The Gnome and I

The new year of 2015 brought even more snow and cold.  Henri’s friends from Greenland had returned home to take care of their own winter chores.  So that left me in charge of snow removal.  Which, strangely enough, was a welcome change from being indoors.
Henri stood on my shoulders to get a better look at the icicles that formed all around the house.

However, by February, the novelty of snow shovelling had worn off completely.  So I was happy to hear that Henri wanted to plan a special Valentine’s Day dinner as he had decided to make his courtship official with the gnomish librarian, Rita Booke.  We looked through cookery books for ideas and planned a menu.  I had volunteered to be the chef, so it had to be simple yet elegant, and something I knew how to cook.  I also had agreed to be the server but I put my foot down when Henri suggested I wear a uniform.  I am the Queen of this castle after all!
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Valentine’s night arrived, freezing but clear, with twinkling stars.  The table was set with my best china and silverware.  Rita looked lovely and Henri was beaming.   Before dinner, he presented her with a red rose and asked, “Voulez-vous me faire l’honneur de devoner mon fiance?”  (Would you do me the honour of becoming my fiance?)  Rita blushed appropriately and demurely answered, “Oui, mon cher.”  (Yes, my dear.)

I served the meal, which turned out rather well, and was praised repeatedly.   Henri and Rita insisted I eat with them.  I opened a bottle of champagne that I had been saving for a special occasion and toasted the happy couple.  In the course of conversation, I casually asked if the sound of little gnome feet would be heard in the near future.  Rita was aghast!  Henri whispered that gnome courtships lasted 10 years and most gnomes waited until they were at least 350 years old to marry.  I apologised for my faux pas, blaming it on too much champagne, insisting that Rita surely didn’t look a day over 300.

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Henri escorted Rita home.  And I, of course, did the washing up.  As well as finishing the last of the champagne.

Wishing Everyone a Happy Summer Solstice!

Summer Solstice
Celebrating the Oak King
OakMan-GreenMan-with-Leaf-and-Acorn-Wreath

The Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer and Litha, has been celebrated by various cultures all around the world for millennia. The longest day and the shortest night of the year is a celebration of the sun. In the Northern hemisphere everything is green and growing as we await a fruitful harvest.

The Oak King, the Sun God, is at the apex of his power.  He the God of light, fertility and the harvest.  Born at the Winter Solstice (Yule) he heralds the return of the sun.  His power grows as the year progresses, nourishing crops with warmth and light.

Wishing everyone a joyful and magickal Summer Solstice!

The Gnome and I – Episode 12 – Winter

The Gnome and I – Adventures in First-Time Home Ownership
Episode 12 -Winter

To read from the beginning click here: The Gnome and I

November arrived and with it, cold and snow.  So now was the perfect opportunity to unpack everything and get organised.  No excuses!  Henri supervised, as usual, and soon practically every box was empty.  I was able to fit all my china and teapot collection in the cupboards.  A first!  Some of my things had been packed away for years.  In the small rental, there was very little opportunity to rearrange the furniture.  Here I could rearrange the furniture as often as I wished.  (Too often, in Henri’s opinion!)

“Where is my favourite cup?”

One day Henri had enough of all the chaotic rearranging and went outside.  About 10 minutes later I heard muffled cries of “Aidez-moi!” (Help me!)  I went to investigate and found Henri trapped in a snowdrift!  After I pulled him free, he sheepishly followed me back into the house and helped me unpack the last few boxes.
December brought quite a bit of snow.  As a renter I never shovelled snow.  Now that I was a grand property owner the job of snow removal was mine.  With one snowstorm after another it was becoming difficult to keep the path in front of my house clean.

One morning, after another heavy snowstorm, I heard the sounds of boots and singing.   Henri had enlisted the help of his friends who were visiting from Greenland and they were clearing the path.  No silly dwarf songs for them!  Bohemian Rhapsody* in 9 part harmony!

Winter Solstice arrived.  Henri and I hosted a lavish dinner for the Greenlandish gnomes.  2014 came to a close.  I was finally settled in.   Until the following Autumn, when much to Henri’s dismay, I brought all the things from the storage unit and began unpacking and rearranging all over again!

formal parlour

Winter Solstice2014

*Songwriters: Freddie Mercury
Bohemian Rhapsody lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

What’s Your Sign? Celtic Lunar Astrology and Druid Tree Lore June and July Birthdays

Druid Tree Lore – Celtic Lunar Astrology
10th June – 7th July

Above is my new design for the 11 inch x 14 inch Zodiac signs!  They can be personalised with your name or the recipient’s name. Below is the 8 inch x 10 inch Zodiac sign.
All of the designs can be seen on my website magickmermaid.com
Oak_white_Horse_Uffington_Celtic_Zodiac_Print

Oak_White_Horse_Celtic_Zodiac_Print

About Druid Tree Lore and Celtic Lunar Astrology
People have been marking the passage of time by the phases of the moon for millennia. Although it is impossible to say for certain because the lore and traditions were not written, many historians believe that both the Celts and Druids used a 13 month lunar calendar.  The months and symbols differ from the solar calendar with which most of us are familiar. Druidic horoscopes are often mentioned in legends.

Trees have long been a source of sacred folklore with each chosen to represent the months and having its own magickal properties. The Ogham symbols may have been devised by ancient Druids. As several of the symbols refer to trees, the ogham alphabet is often called the Tree Alphabet. These symbols are included next to the tree names which are shown in both English and Old Irish. The animal symbols are my interpretation based on various sources. The ruling planets of each sign are also noted.  The information provided here is an introduction to the wealth of knowledge concerning Druid teachings and Celtic lore.

See the entire collection of zodiac signs at MagickMermaid (Studio tab at the top of the page).