i hope you all had a magical Samhain.
i have spent today catching up with my studies.
i did take my work with me camping last week and managed to write up some notes and write my rough draft on a sonnet.
today i moved onto music...i must admit i was a little bored until i discovered most of it was about Jethro Tull's 'Songs from the Wood'...as i have mentioned to someone, i have loved and been listening to the whole album for over twenty years so to find it in my books was a real treat!
speaking of treats...i collected my copy of 'Solstice at Stonewylde' from Kit Berry yesterday and had a lovely time chatting with Kit (and Pauline from Sister Moon, who i have only really met as a customer...so it was nice to finally have a chat! see my links to her site)
as i knew she would be, Kit is a truly special person and it was an honor to finally meet after 'chatting' via the Stonewylde forum and e-mail.
a bit later Kit caught me reviewing my shopping list sitting in Pippin...we had parked right next to her!
i look forward to our next meeting!
i have yet to start the book...my catch up has taken a big chunk out of the day and i have a few pages of another book to finish. i usually have several books on the go, but i want to give 'Solstice' my full attention.
i spent some time doing my family tree...a big thanks to Leanne who sent me a link to a site that has proved invaluable and enabled me to move further back in time!
now knowing great grandads birth place and by the fact there was only one john gaul born in swansea in the ten years leading up to the 1891 census (!!!) i have discovered he had a brother and sister, Thomas and Mary and his parents, my great great grandparent were James and Margaret.
i am feeling faintly astonished that from knowing almost nothing two days ago i now have names.
i just hope my next session in tracing my dad's side of the family proves as successful.
i have a slight head start in that my dad sent me a copy of my grandad george's birth certificate so i have the names of my great grandad/grandma,John and Elizabeth, their address, up in County Durham...i remember grandad George's geordie accent very well!... as well as the information that looks like great grandad was also active in WW1 as a private in the Durham Light Infantry as well as being a collery engineer (i do know my grandad George joined the navy to avoid going down the mines and spent WW2 on the North Atlantic convoys between America and Russia...i am constantly amazed he survived those years) what i would like to attempt is find the origin of my surname, Williams...obviously a Welsh name, so i am wondering whether mining ancestors moved from Wales up to Durham.
anyway enough of my ancestor ramblings!
so Samhain has passed and we move through the final turn in our wheel and the approach of Yule...the beginning and end of the Celtic year.
the melancholy i felt in the days before Samhain has passed, my ancestor truly did contact me and is still with me...now my bat family has come to visit, so it is time to go greet them.
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