Tuesday 1 November 2011
Springs and wells were once the objects of pagan worship.....we have an old well in our garden.
I remember the day we discovered it. My husband and I lowered a bucket into its depths.
Should we drink. I decided I would. I can remember Mr P's face and his words. "Well if you are going to drink it, then so will I. That way we will die together." We live to tell the tale....the water is wonderful :)
It was beneath the oak's spreading branches that the wizard Merlin is believed to have worked his enchantments and because of its associations with the gods is said to be the first to be struck by lightning in a thunderstorm - farmers will plant oaks near buildings to act as lightning conductors. At Yule, the ancient ritual from which many of our Christmas customs derive, an oak log was always chosen as being the most likely to draw the sun back to the earth. To the Druids, whose name means 'oak men' the tree was - and still is - sacred, and thought to embody the spirit of their god Esus.
Many many months ago a fellow blogger asked if I would do a post on 'Ten things you may not know about me' To be truthful I have forgotten who asked but I did say to her at some point I would join in. I forgot :) So todays post is the first......I thought I would write something every now and again through the winter.....until I have completed my task.