Harvest Time

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As well as a lone cucumber an zucchini (I blame the dog) we had numerous peppers – still laden on the plants – and there is an additional canning pot full of Quince.  Some Quince brought out by the boys for the picture.

There is an amazing northern wind blowing today bending all the greenery in ways they are not used to. The sun is bright but gentle and the wasps are bumbling about , tossed by the wind… which makes me happy because I hate wasps.

Making Quince crumble  for a treat for the boys today. And I best get on it as there is a fetish ball at the Underworld Sim of InWorldz later this evening 😉

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In LotRO tonight

In LotRO tonight

I killed some things, killed some other things and got silver. It’s actually quite a bit of fun to play but can get monotonous. It’s really the community that makes it so awesome, and the scenery, and the player houses, and my pointy ears… anyhow — first of all, me Elledhil, about to head out from her homestead to go take care of business

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About to kill some weird bug thingies
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Near my personal home, same lands as my Kinship
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Also in my Kinship land

Landroval Server, in the Golden Mallorn Kinship

I caught a bit of a convo about one of my kinnies.. the Head Kinnie I think, needing help kicking chickens. However, by the time I was done my own murderous rampage she was already done. BAD KINNIE!!! So tomorrow I shall have to be sure to put my neck out on the line. However, tomorrow night is also GuildWars2 night and I’m meandering about lackadaisically at level 25. But man do I ever die alot. Not sure wtf is up with that, Im a Warrior, so basically a tank… however for the life of me I can’t seem to stay alive as long as anyone else. MUST work on that

Here, is Nykkala – Sanctum of Rall Server, in Sentinels of Solaris guild

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IKR, she looks JUST like me!

#lotro #gw2 #guildwars2 #gaming

Autumn Afternoon at the Park

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Cloudy, misty and cool. My favourite weather. The wind is picking up and the sun dried leaves are now rustling loudly in the chilly wind.

And we are at the park. Stopped in after school for a play break.

The kids are so big now. Climbing all over the equipment  that I used to have to lift them up to reach. No more having to hold their hands while they climb the steps to the slide.

It’s  nice to sit here listening to the Canadian Geese overhead. It’s  soothing to hear the trees dancing in the wind. It’s comforting to listen to the boys  chatting and laughing.

And now time to go home for after school snacks for the boys and coffee for me.

New home near my Kinnies!

New home near my Kinnies!

I sent the money from my not-much-used toons to my main toon. She is still low level (18) but I've been having a lot of fun. The Kinship I am with, The Golden Mallorn is really great. Wonderful group of people – we have Kin houses in each land, Thorin's Hall (Dwarven), the Shire (Hobbit), Bree (Human), and in Falathlorn (Elven) – so I was able to use my gold n silver for a Deluxe home in Falathlorn, right down the way from the main Kinship building 😀 woot #lotro (Yes, I am an admitted Lord of the Rings Online fan)

Starting the OBOD Course,

Starting the OBOD Course,

My materials came in yesterday, after a bit of a long wait for them to travel across the sea (they came from the UK.

I'm happy to finally have them in, not that I feel as though it is the missing link I've been waiting for all of my life, however there is much about Druidry in the form it has taken within the OBOD that I think I had felt in Wicca when I first sought it out. For me, the form of Wicca we learned, which is the most common of Traditional British variety, was more occult in nature and less nature, which is quite fine by me, but it left part of me lacking.

I have had experiences while traveling various spiritual paths. Whether it be Gnosticism, Esoteric Christianity, Judaism or Paganism. No matter what religion I was interested in at the time, the experiences I had were the same: Moving, surreal, life changing. The feeling of a finite yet infinite presence that suddenly was right there… in my presence. The way it felt when it clicked and connected was the same – which is why really I don't think there is One Right Path for everyone.
Religion can be a great tool for helping one connect with true self and divinity. One tool of many. It can also be destructive, depending on the beliefs or dogma.

The form of Druidry that the OBOD offers is rather interspiritual. One does not need to put aside their own beliefs. Rather it can complement the path one is already on. The basis is on creativity, connection to the land around you, taking meaning from myths and applying them, internalizing them. Even though I have a huge interest in Canaanite paganism/polytheism , I feel that these lessons underneath still have value. The myth in Canaanite tradition is AMAZING, and thousands of years old – yet there is merit and teachings in those myths. While genetically my roots are within Ireland , Scotland and England, I was adopted as a child by a Jewish father and was brought up respecting Jewish faith — and I have always had a strong affinity to the outlaying myths of Judaism and more directly the Ancient Near East.

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Stories of Merlin and such might not seem to have much in common with my desire to honour Ba'al and Anat, but it all sort of connects when using the underlying principals of Druidry, regardless of where one's path lies. Within the most vocal Canaanite groups, the consensus is Hard Polytheism, and that is something I just don't gel with because of that universal spirit/energy/source I have felt regardless of which deities I am busying myself with.

So, off on a new adventure, I look forward to seeing how this plays out.

Cheers!
#pagan #druid #druidry #obod

Alright, try #2 Diaspora lets me put carious images randomly in my …

Alright, try #2

Diaspora lets me put carious images randomly in my post using markdown. Unlike Facebook or G+, where you can only attach images to a post. I can cross post to Tumblr, WordPress, Twitter and Facebook. So in this test post, I am going to post to WordPress, which cross posts to Tumblr which cross posts to Twitter and Facebook.

My twitter is set up to post to LiveJournal but for whatever reason that doesnt seem to be working. Here is random picture – inserted using Markdown

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