Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Flames and Feasts

I promised to introduce you to Will in this post, but it's been too dark and murky and filled with magic over the last few days, and these pictures wanted to come first!

First is this wonderful poem by my friend William Todd-Jones, read by Cerys Matthews on BBC 6 music. The music is by Hilary Tann, and the images by Carol Amos. It perfectly captures the mood of the last few days......






We went to a spooky, candlelit apple party .




Where magical creatures lurked in dusty corners


And small ghosts played with flames


And we all threw a lot of apples. Extra cider for the people who managed to get an apple through the smallest hole in the board(I did!)

And yet more cider.......


And a fabulous toadstool cake!


And finally, after a couple of days recovering from the cider, I finished the last Welsh painting.

11 comments:

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I want to have an apple party now:) Lovely paintings in this post and the last!

Valerianna said...

What a wonderful poem/music/image combo. I saw this post earlier today, but knew I must wait until I was cozy by the firelight. Also, the last painting has such a wonderful feeling, I love it.

Lynn said...

That poem to music is spellbinding.
Lovely pictures of a flame touched celebration
and a beautiful painting.
Thanks for all that. Perfect for this mist shrouded November morning.

Ren Cuming said...

Pure magic!!! Beauty of a painting!

Bovey Belle said...

What stunning photos of a beautiful evening. I loved the cake!

Thank you so much for sharing the poem and the atmospheric photos of the moor. This year we were unable to visit, and it is calling every drop of Dartmoor blood in me.

Freyalyn said...

Looks like it was a wonderful evening. I shall listen to the reading later, at home.

Kath said...

Fabulous!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

LOVE the video clip! Such a beautiful vision it creates. So appropriate for the season.

A Heron's View said...

I like the style in which you have pictorially captured your Samhain and long may that Welsh blue cottage stand :)

Danielle Barlow said...

Jen - I'm an old 'stick-in-the-mud' about Trick or Treating and don't let the kids go, but instead we have a delightfully pagan apple party. This time my sister organised it entirely, and it's great fun.

Thankyou everyone - don't forget to check out Todd's website - he is primarily a puppeteer, and does some awesome film work.

Yarrow said...

What a lovely and magical party. Seasons blessings to you all.x

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