The Swamp Fairy – Winter Solstice Invitation

I awakened to a dark rainy morning this December 21st, 2014.  The much needed rain had fallen in huge drops most of the night giving nourishment to the parched grass in my backyard.  Bright green sprigs now poked out from my dormant brown lawn.  I grabbed a cup of coffee, my nourishment for the start of the day.  Of course, Sugar and Spice my Pomeranians, leapt at the door to be let out.  I let them outside and looked at the horse-hole.

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There floating above the ground just before the horse-hole was a fairy ring with some words floating above it.  The dogs needed to go outside desperately.  I let them out the door and walked outside onto the patio.  Neither dog went near the fairy ring.  They were intent on their own call to nature.  I peered through the misty rain and this is what I saw:

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December 21, 2014 at 5:03 P.M. my presence was respectfully requested, I read.  I knew this was the exact time the Winter Solstice occurred here in Pensacola, Florida.  I also knew who had sent the message – The Swamp Fairy!  She used her signature fairy ring so I knew it had to be her.

I remembered that she had told me that her powers were the strongest around the New and Full moons.  The New Moon was today and with the Winter Solstice event the same day, I knew this was a momentous occasion. I was surprised and really interested to find out what the Winter Solstice could mean for me and the Swamp Fairy.  She must have something of great importance to tell me.

I knew the Winter Solstice signified the shortest day and longest night of the year.  Long ago, this was a time of contemplation and reflection on the past year and the new year which lay ahead.  Stonehenge was a significant ancient religious site that celebrated the glory of the winter sunset through its rocky pillars once each year.  People flock to the site every year to see the glorious event.

The Winter Solstice was clearly an important time of the year for the ancients, it had to be for the fairy realm too, I thought.  I brought the dogs back inside to get out of the misty rain and glanced at the clock on the wall.  In only a few hours time, I would have another encounter with the Swamp Fairy.

I could not wait to see what this new mystical encounter was all about!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I’ll let you know what happens this evening.  Follow the Swamp Fairy stories here or go to my menu and read the stories in order.

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The Winter Solstice

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From the beginning -

time was measured with the waxing and waning

of the silvery moon; and with

the rising and setting of the golden rays of the sun.

The tides of the waters rising and falling like breath -

the essence of the earth mother herself,

enveloping our world in her mysterious embrace.

The shortest day and longest night is upon us,

magic and enchantment floats in the air.

Pixie dust glitter shines in the sky above,

While the fairies

gather and prepare far below.

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Do you want to know more about the Winter Solstice?  Here are some other great places to visit to learn more:

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Winter Solstice 2014: 3 Things to Know About Pagan Yule Celebrations

Time and Date

Winter Solstice Traditions

Thank you for visiting today.  I look forward to seeing you again,

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Mello-Yellow

I am not into the color “yellow,” so I honestly could not think of what I could possibly photograph that was yellow for The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.  I realized it was right before my eyes!  Sorry folks, this is as yellow as I get!

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This is the Pub table off our family room.  This is a great spot to sit and sip a glass of wine and chat.  The lights above cast a yellow glow to the room.

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I concentrated on the lights because of the color, and also because we had purchased these light bulbs that are painted like stained-glass and put then in this fixture.  The patterns and reflections from the bulbs onto the yellowish globes are quite spectacular in color.

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Here is a close up of the pattern that the bulb spreads onto the globe.

If none of these images work… then you will have to enjoy some daisies from my garden this summer instead.  Merry Christmas everyone!

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Thanks for popping in to chat.  I enjoy seeing you every time you visit.

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“Here’s what’s on Top of my Christmas Tree – what’s on Yours?”

Hugh, from “Hugh’s Views and News,” is doing a special blog event.  Hugh, and the sweet angel Angela on top of his Christmas tree, would like us to help him raise up to £250 for charity.  If you’d like to take up Hugh and Angela’s challenge then here’s what you need to do.  Hugh SAYS:

“1. Take a picture of what is on top of your Christmas tree.

2. Start a new blog post called “Here’s what’s on Top of my Christmas Tree – what’s on Yours?”

3. Detail in the post that you are helping Angela and Hugh raise up to £250 for charity, by showing everybody what is on top of your Christmas tree.

4. Link your post back to this post by using a Pingback so other participants can see what is on top of your Christmas tree.  Pingbacks are easy to set up and I’ve given full instructions on how to set one up further down this post.

5. If you have problems with a Pingback, then just leave a comment with a link to your post in the comments section of this post.

You can take part in this challenge anytime between now and Monday 5th January 2015.  Then, on Twelfth Night (6th January), I’ll announce which tree topper Angela has chosen as her winner before she goes back in her box to sleep until next December.  The winner, if they accept, can then write a guest post for my blog.

I will give £1 to charity for every Pingback or comment, which includes a link to a post that shows what is on top of the author’s Christmas Tree, up to a maximum of £250.  I’ll announce which charity Angela and I have chosen, along with the amount raised, in my Twelfth Night post on 6th January.

How to set up a Pingback to Hugh’s post.

1. Include and highlight the words “Angela and Hugh” in your blog post.

2. Click on the icon that looks like a piece of chain (it’s the right hand icon underneath the “add Contacts Form” on the page you write a new post.  If you hover over it with your mouse, it says “Insert/Edit link”).  A new window will then open.

3. In the URL box of the new window which has just opened, enter the web address of this post.  You can copy the address from your web browser’s window/bar and then paste it directly into the URL box.

4. In the Title box enter “Angela and Hugh’s Christmas Tree Topper Challenge”.

5. Put a tick in the box entitled “Open link in a new window/tab”.

6. Click on “Add Link”.

The Pingback will then be set up.

Please don’t have any hesitation in contacting Hugh at Hugh’s Views and News if you are having any problems setting up a Pingback, as he will be more than happy to help.

Hugh said to please feel free to reblog this post so that others can also take part and, if you like, then why not join Angela and I and set up your own challenge and raise some money for charity over this Christmas and New Year season?  You can use the same challenge as Angela and I have chosen if you like.

If you don’t have a Christmas Tree or anything on the top of your Christmas tree, then why not write a post and include a picture about the best thing that has happened to you in 2014, and link it back to this post and help me achieve my target of £250 for charity.

I’ll leave you with a few other pictures of our Christmas decorations and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Hugh, I looked around for a few trinkets to add to my Florida Driftwood Christmas Tree.  Mind you it is not large, so my pictures are of a small space:

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Here is my angel on top of my tree and a wooden teddy bear with Ron’s and my name on it from 1991. The Koala bear was something that my Dad and Step Mother brought back from New Zealand many years ago when I was a teen (so you know it is OLD). Smile

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This is a better view of our tiny driftwood tree.  I added the shells from Pensacola Beach because my grand children picked them up for me last Christmas.

Special thanks to Hugh for sponsoring such a great event.  So get busy! WHAT’S ON TOP OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE?

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  I will see again!

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The Song of the Swamp Fairies

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Darkness descended dragging a veil of foggy gloom,

as Fairy Swamp came alive with a chorus of frogs and insects

singing the stories of the day.

Lightening flickered in shadowy clouds flitting across the inky black sky.

Tiny glowing translucent wings rose above the slough,

With heartbeats syncing and beating as one -

the Swamp Fairies

glittered in the remnants

of the setting

sun.

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Do you want to know more about the Swamp Fairy?  Follow the story from here or find the stories listed on my menu under “The Swamp Fairy.”

Thanks for stopping by to see me.  I always enjoy our visits!

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Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge–”Night & Breathe”

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Daylight becomes night –

Entwined in your loving arms,

I breathe our banned love.

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Check out Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge here.

Thanks for stopping by.  I look forward to our next visit.

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The Swamp Fairy–The First Dream

Once Upon a Dream

Last night, I was at that stage of going to sleep, quiet in my breathing, when I heard the tiny swamp fairy talking in my head.  She whispered so quietly I had to strain to hear her.

“Come with me,” she said.  “I am going to take you to what it was before, long ago, in the beginning…”

Suddenly, I was in Fairy Swamp.  I could feel the heat and humidity press against me making it hard to breath. Moisture dripped from the leaves of the trees.  A steamy mist swirled beneath my feet.  I could smell old and new all mixed together to make a new scent.  All around me a choir of insect voices arose in a loud clamor of pitches, making it hard for me to hear.  It was near dusk and the light grew dark around the edges.  I drifted in that space and time as if on a wave floating high above and looking down…

Darkness descended dragging a veil of foggy gloom,

as Fairy Swamp came alive with a chorus of frogs and insects

singing the stories of the day.

Lightening flickered in shadowy clouds flitting across the inky black sky.

Tiny glowing translucent wings rose above the slough,

With heartbeats syncing and beating as one -

the Swamp Fairies

glittered in the remnants

of the setting

sun.

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Fairy swamp was ancient in its gloom.  It had been here for eons, immeasurable by time.  I heard no words – only the sounds of the wind and of the swamp.  Birds settled high overhead in the trees ruffling the leaves above me.  Small scurrying animals looked for their homes for the night scampering beneath my feet.  Lightening made ghostly images shimmer before me.

I could sense them and feel them all around me.  The swamp fairies were everywhere.  I felt no fear.  Their iridescent wings gleamed in the last of the light from the setting sun.  I felt their unity, their strength in numbers.  I felt like I was part of them and my heart began to beat in time to the steady drumming of their wings.  I stood there, silently reveling in the unity of the fairies surrounding me.  I felt like I was home.  I closed my eyes and smiled.

The next thing I could remember, my two Pomeranians Sugar and Spice were licking my face and my sweet husband, Bronze was shaking me and telling me it was time to get up!  The Swamp Fairy had given me my first story to share with the world!  Follow the story from here or find the stories listed on my menu under “The Swamp Fairy.”

Thanks for stopping by to see me.  I always enjoy our visits!

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday-12/17/14: C.S. Lewis

This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer.  By sharing your quotes, we will all gain insight and inspiration to propel us forward in our writing careers.  If you are an author and would like me to feature one of your quotes, please let me know in the comments of this post and I will feature you the following week.

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There are no rules to follow.  Either make up your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  On the weekly prompt I will include a list of contributors from the previous week so that other writers can gain inspiration from all your hard work. Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.  Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader.

On your own blog post do a ping back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping back is when you embed (or copy)  the http:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the http:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

I was going to use the Inlinkz tool for posts but it is a paid service and I did not want to deal with that. If you saw my first post, please disregard my reference to that. Please use the pingbacks for now. Thanks.

Let’s have fun!

My quote this week is from C. S. Lewis:

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If you loved, “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe,” (Narnia), than you are a C. S. Lewis fan like I am. There is even a  C. S. Lewis, Official Blog, that shares:

“This blog offers original work on and about C. S. Lewis from scholars who have written far and wide about his stories, his theology, and his world. HarperOne also posts updates about new products and promotions. We add new entries regularly and we encourage your comments and  feedback so we can develop a helpful, thoughtful and entertaining resource for you.”

I especially liked this particular quote from Lewis because it reflects the way I feel about tea, and good books.  I no sooner get into a book, meet the characters, and have another cup of tea, and I have made it through another exciting novel.  I am a voracious reader. At the end of a book, I sometimes have to wait a day (I call it my mourning period) before I start another novel because I miss the previous books’ characters.  Make sure you check out the “About C. S. Lewis,” to learn more about the man and his books.

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Remember, if you are an author and would like me to feature one of your quotes, please let me know in the comments of this post.

Thanks for stopping by to see me today.  I always enjoy seeing your smiling faces!

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One Word Photo Challenge–Taupe

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Jennifer Nichole Wells, One Word Photo Challenge color for the week is taupe!

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The trees and leaves at Fairy Swamp are taupe.

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My carpet and my driftwood Christmas Tree are in the taupe-family.

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My Pomeranian, “Spice,” is taupe-colored.

Thanks for stopping by to see me today.  I enjoyed visiting with you.

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-up for 12/10/14

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Welcome to the WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY Weekly Wrap-Up where our writers showcase their hard work from the previous week – and here it is.  TOMORROW, I will post the prompt for the new week starting 12/17/14.  Please do not link to this post.  Link to the new prompt on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

I love all the hard work that goes into a great challenge and we have it here!  Remember many of our participants make their own images with quotes from their favorites authors.  The encouragement and motivation are resounding through the blogosphere!  Thank you all!

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Here are last week’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday contributors.  IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WRITING INSPIRATION… THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE! 

Please check out the fabulous quotes these writer’s came up with:  (Please let me know if I missed your blog – WordPress did have issues with ping-backs last week so if I missed you I apologize in advance…) If your quote was an image I grabbed it for our online gallery, if not, I did try to add your quote.   Click on the names to go to the actual quote and to visit the excellent blogs listed here.

Love, Happy Notes     “Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi“

Notes Tied on the Sagebrush     6866289877_1c6e0181d9_z  Tunnel of Light Cape Sebastian Oregon Linda Tanner with text added

My Decade Long Travels           Harold Kushner

Happy Days          “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus; and “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” ― Samuel Johnson

Lucile De Godoy          ©2014 luciledegodoy.com

Imanikingblog            Photo Credits: http://luciledegodoy.com/     

Simple Life          Eckhart Tole

Rebirth of Lisa          alice-walker-quote-flying-1

Zen and Pi          image

When My Brain Farts          wisdom-quotes-death-ends-a-life-tuesdays-with-morrie

Dandelion Fuzz          oates

Sappy As A Tree           Wenham Tea House, March 2014    

Unexpected in Common Hours          OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

K. S. Fause          faulkner_quote

Unique Art Chic          Christmas-Quote-©-Amanda-Lakey,-Unique-Art-Chic.com

Rambling On          Maya Angelou

Randoms by a Random          image

I Am Not Sick Boy          My Effect

 

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“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.” – Stephen King.

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Thanks for popping in to see all the writing inspiration!  I can’t wait until you visit again,

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