Spring

Beltane With A Toddler

Beltane is this coming Monday and I will be happy if I can get the flowers that Fox and I bought at the nursery yesterday planted! That’s it. No bonfire or feast. Just a symbolic gesture that we honor the day.

It’s not very exciting, I know. But I recognize my limitations at this stage in my life; I have my hands full with a toddler and am preparing for our road trip to Colorado as well. So Beltane might not be a big celebration, but it will not pass by forgotten.

Spring cleaning is in full swing here at Chigger  Chalet. I am slowly going through the closets and making donations to the Goodwill as well as cleaning furniture and ceiling fans and other things that are usually neglected. If I had land or a big yard, a bonfire to burn all of the leaves still piled in corners would be a wonderful way to clean and commemorate the day! This was something our ancestors certainly would have done to clear the area for the coming growing season.

Feasts were often eaten as the bonfires raged on May Day. I have no elaborate plans but will prepare a locally farmed pork tenderloin given to us by a friend. I will follow a recipe from The Farmette Cookbook: Recipes and Adventures from My Life on an Irish Farm. If I cannot live in Ireland I will bring a bit of Irish culture to our home in the Ozarks!

Beltane is the kick off to the “light half” of the year. We now have longer evenings and more time to spend outside after the work day. You might use the day to mix up some home made bug repellent or shop for citronella candles or plants that help keep bugs at bay such as Penny Royal.

My ultimate Beltane goal is putting up a beautiful maypole. I want to invite Fox’s cousins and friends to come partake and I’ll bake little treats and set up a fairy garden for them to play in!

Dancing Round The Maypole; image from a Victorian children’s book illustration.

SUMMERISLE (THE MAYPOLE SONG)

In the woods there grew a tree
A fine, fine tree was he

On that tree there was a limb
And on that limb there was a branch
On that branch there was a nest
And in that nest there was an egg
In that egg there was a bird
And from that bird a feather came
Of that feather was a bed

On that bed there was a girl
And on that girl there was a man
From that man there was a seed
And from that seed there was a boy
From that boy there was a man
And for that man there was a grave
From that grave there grew a tree

In Sumerisle, Sumerisle, Sumerisle, Sumerisle, Sumerisle

On that tree there was a limb
And on that limb there was a branch
On that branch there was a nest
And in that nest there was an egg
In that egg there was a bird
And from that bird a feather came
Of that feather was a bed

In Sumerisle, Sumerisle, Sumerisle, Sumerisle, Sumerisle

On that bed there was a girl (Sumerisle, Sumerisle)
And on that girl there was a man (Sumerisle, Sumerisle)
From that man there was a seed (Sumerisle, Sumerisle)
And from that seed there was a boy (Sumerisle, Sumerisle)
From that boy there was a man (Sumerisle, Sumerisle)
And for that man there was a grave
From that grave there grew a tree

If you click on the song title you will be taken to a page where you can listen to the maypole song.

How will you spend Beltane? If you have children, how do you include them in the day’s festivities? Leave your comments below!

~ Blessed Be ~

 

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