Photographs and random musings from an artist living in the California mountains
Saturday, October 25, 2014
A Fanciful Halloween in the Faery Forest
First, thank you Vanessa for hosting this party! To see the other parties, click on the badge at the top right. (Left click to enlarge the photos).
Now, come spend a bit of Halloween in the Faery Forest! It's not too long a walk; just follow this path by the lake and turn left past the big pine.
And another left turn to take the path up through the forest. Better hurry - it gets dark early in these mountains, the fog is coming in and it's easy to get lost. The Faeries put out a pumpkin to mark the path. And see the glow at the top of the path? You're almost there!
Just stick to the path and you'll be safe.
Only a bit further...and now you have a darling kitty, Miss Maxine, to guide you!
Oh good, Miss Fortuna is here. (Just have her tell your fortune, though: I wouldn't "buy" any good luck. Sometimes, the price is more costly than you could imagine).
She has a most magical crystal ball...
And Rune Stones and, wow...three other crystal balls? Hmm...I see something strange in the one on the right, do you?
This little Faery wants to see her fortune for herself in the stones.
But these two couldn't care less!
Oh, look! Here's the Moon (I call her La Luna) flying in on her pumpkin.
I love the trail of moon dust she leaves behind her.
She's put her witch's party hat on, and she says it's time for some sweet goodies!
Out in the garden, there's a table with candy apples, chocolate cake, hot spiced apple cider and champagne. But, if you get chilly...
Inside my cottage there's a warm fire burning, cozy chairs to sit on, spice cake with cream cheese frosting, and anything to drink that you want...because the teapot is a magical one, and it will pour out any beverage you ask for!
There are also dark chocolate rum cupcakes and pumpkin cupcakes with a pecan praline filling.
Samuel Squirrel is the butler here. See him in front of the pumpkins holding a dish of candy bars? He looks like a statue, doesn't he? Don't be fooled - he just hates having his picture taken, so he freezes.
While we eat and drink, we can listen to the tale that Grandmother Bear is reading to the Book Faery. They have the same problem with photos that Samuel does - don't be fooled! Just don't look directly at them; you'll see them come alive from the corner of your eye.
Hmm. My broom must be tired of waiting to fly...she's sideways!
I hope everyone has a Halloween full of wonder and good magic. Thank you so much for coming to my party - now I'm off to visit yours!
(And a big thank you to my husband, who always does all the heavy lifting and helps me set things up for blog parties).
And some other Wildings, big and little, who kindly share their forest with me:
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Young Steller's Jay
Common to high altitude forests all over the west
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Our task must be to free ourselves...by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~~ Albert Einstein
June Is Adopt a Cat Month
But, there are always strays who need a loving home - so don't shop, ADOPT! Click the photo for helpful tips on adopting.
If they breathe, they live. If they live, they feel. If they feel, they love. If they love, they are aware. If they are aware, they have a soul. ~ Williams
I love cats because I enjoy my home and, little by little, they become its visible soul ~ Jean Cocteau (That's Malcolm O'Mewy on the chair)
Feed the Hungry
I think we are bound to, and by, Nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there's a snowstorm or drought we know our fate is tied to the world around us. ~~ Alice Hoffman
What I'm Reading Now:
Give a Child a Book
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers.
Charles W. Eliot
A person who collects or is fond of books. Also, a person who immediately feels safe, happy, even euphoric, when holding a favorite book.
Care for a cuppa?
Where there is tea there is hope - Pinero
Boulder Bay, Big Bear Lake
Click to visit Big Bear
Lake Gregory, Crestline
Click to visit Crestline
Click to visit Lake Arrowhead
A Favorite Quote
"I don't want life to imitate art; I want life to BE art." Carrie Fisher
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. ~ John Muir, from "The California Mountains"
I'm three-quarters Native American (Oglala Sioux and Cherokee), and one-quarter Northern Italian. I live in a little cottage with my husband and our furry "children" in a beautiful, high altitude, California mountain forest where we enjoy daily visits from the little wild creatures. I love animals (you probably guessed), books, photography, tall trees, rain, snow, tea, the moon, creating all kinds of art...and, I'm proud to be a Crone ~ I never thought I'd make it!