Friday, September 10, 2010
Last post (Turn the Page) I was whining about the change in the weather, and lamenting the fact that Autumn was upon me while I still wasn't done with Summer. I had been lazy and remiss (or, to be gentler on myself, busy and out of town) and my pantry was still bare. The altar had been neglected for an entire season.
Well, the powers that be gifted me with a few days of beautiful sunshine, and I did not let them pass by without taking advantage. I have been playing catchup on the preserving front, and actually got quite a bit done.
I canned a gallon of pear/blackberry sauce from the pears off our tree. This is in fact the second batch - the first batch got eaten up in the three days that I was out of town. This batch is safely stored away in the pantry. Hopefully it will last longer than three days.
We stopped off at the blueberry farm on our way home and picked five pounds of blueberries in about twenty minutes. Must get back there right away - the blueberries are out of control! It's so easy to pick a vast amount, and they are only $1/pound. Organic, too!
And I cleaned and decorated the altar. It's pretty simple - I just picked a few pears off the tree, found a cob of Indian corn, and clipped some wildflowers and weeds that are blooming or fruiting now. Thistles, tansy, bachelor's button, and blackberries. There is a sun medallion to plead for more sunshine, and all of it is under a drawing of Ceres (or Demeter).
I don't have a figurine or a painting of Demeter (or Ceres), so I made a quick, one-minute drawing and decorated it with star-stickers (which could also represent back-to-school, now that I think of it.) I hope the Goddess doesn't mind my crude representation - I rather like it.