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Can you believe that April is already gone and we stand on the doorstep of May. In older days it will have been celebrated with many festivities, feasts and bonfires. The Maypole will have been erected on the village green, ribbons attached, the marriageable girls dressed in their finery and crowned in flowers, the young men, washed and spruced for the occasion. The May Queen chosen and carried around the cottages, homes and hovels to give blessings of summer riches and good crops.

These ancient festivals still toccur in some places where the old ways have clung on, remnants of pagan beliefs. Mike has been researching these old ways so we have been regaled with Morris Men (and women), Mummers and traditional Celtic music. The resurgent Neo-Pagans have taken these up with gusto and their own fantasy dreams of druids, elves and fairies (Faeries) added to the mix. They make for colourful and fun events that appeal to families and singles alike.

For those who may be interested here is a link to a video featuring May Day celebrations in Padstow and Torrington. https://youtu.be/TQfMoAxaNkU

Or this overview. https://youtu.be/qy5HPgls2OI

May Day
Sara Teasdale - 1884-1933

A delicate fabric of bird song
Floats in the air,
The smell of wet wild earth
Is everywhere.

Red small leaves of the maple
Are clenched like a hand,
Like girls at their first communion
The pear trees stand.

Oh I must pass nothing by
Without loving it much,
The raindrop try with my lips,
The grass with my touch;

For how can I be sure
I shall see again
The world on the first of May
Shining after the rain?

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Woodowly

All part of letting go of this life in preparation for the next I guess. If we stayed in the best of health we wouldn't want to move on. That's what I saw with my folks at least. Humility is no bad thing. YF Jayne

Poor you and poor Tag. Lucky you didn't hit your head! As "they" say, old age isn't for sissies! My last fall on Feb 12th resulted in a trip to the hospital and a CAT scan of my head since I landed on my left cheek, also sprained my left thumb, not the right thank goodness, mostly better now. Perhaps these golden years are instructive regarding humility! That's working. Hugs, Judy

Woodowly

Thank you. I went for an unexpected slide when I went to fetch Tag in after his supper. I ended up on my bum with one leg twisted under me and my left arm taking the brunt of it. Fortunately it hasn't left any damage. Tage then managed to get his head jammed between the back of my desk and the wall, having clambered over the box that was supposed to keep him out. He is completely blind and deaf now but still has a good pair of lungs on him. Last night we heard yowls outside and went out to find him underneath the deck where he had managed to tip over a wrought iron plant holder and climbed into it and got himself stuck again. It's amazing what hazards he seems to find. His most common thing is to walk through his large outdoor water bowl, tip it upside down, then plop his bum in the remaining muddy water! Chris just picks him up and carries him but I can only do that for very short distances. Oh well, we all grow old and somewhat less athletic than we used to be! I'm glad you're getting some pain relief when needed. Y F Jayne

Dear Jayne, Retirement should be just the ticket for keeping you on an even keel I hope. I just had my annual physical and am doing well (for my advanced age!). My back is like your blood pressure...better when I behave, but the doctor finally gave in to my intermittent misery and actually prescribed something that helps when needed. Happy Day! Best of luck with your balancing act, dear friend. Hugs, Y F Judy

Woodowly

Thank you dear Judy. I've been struggling with my blood pressure being all over the place. I have to watch it pretty carefully as it tends to run high. I am also trying to learn not to jump up and run here and there to do things. The major cause of the vertigo was on the the new meds I was given to control my blood pressure so I've had to stop that as it was really impacting my daily life. A balancing act, as so much of life is! I hope you are keeping well and your back pain is under conttrol. Hugs. YF Jayne

Dear Jayne, Thanks so much for this perfect celebration of the first of May, even though that date heralds Autumn in SA!! The perfect poem adds to the joy. I've been out deadheading roses today, so May is blooming! How are you feeling, if I may ask, or is it too soon? I remember you had a touch of vertigo and dental woes as well. Hugs, Y F Judy

Woodowly

My pleasure Dustin. Our nights are definitely cooler if not as chilly as yours. Glad you enjoyed the puzzle. See you tomorrow. Jayne

Thank you Jayne for making this wonderful puzzle! and yes May is comming, with so much Green and flowers and singing Birds, a lovely month. but its not easy this time, al lot of freezing at night. Hugs for you and till tomorrow.

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