October Life Round-up

Image shows a tree with all its leaves turned golden in the late afternoon sun

Poem: Louise Gluck, October (section II)

Work took me to London for a couple of days and then Mid Wales, where I stayed at a rather odd B&B. Sometimes I get sick of seeing the inside of Travelodge and Premier Inn rooms and opt for something more adventurous. A mistake, in this instance.

My partner had her birthday and we went out for gourmet pizza.

Then we went back to Mid Wales, but this time for a holiday. We stayed in Machynlleth and visited The Centre for Alternative Technology, Borth beach and my birthplace, Aberystwyth.  We ate a lot of vegetarian food in The Quarry Cafe and Treehouse. I love old-fashioned vegetarian restaurants.

If you’re ever in the area, check out the Pen’rallt Gallery Bookshop which is an absolutely lovely women-run bookshop.

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Autumn Equinox

 

Image shows a round black casserole containing a red stew covered with dumplings on top

We celebrated with a spicy chickpea and squash stew by Ruby Tandoh.

I’ve heard that Mabon is basically Pagan Thanksgiving, but I’m not feeling particularly thankful. This year has been very difficult emotionally and that makes me feel angry and resentful – “I’ve finally got some stability in my life and I feel miserable! Not fair!!!”

So, I decided I’m just going to be thankful that the universe didn’t throw anything extra at us over the last twelve months.  Nobody got sick or died. Nobody lost their job. We didn’t have to wrangle with a terrifying bureaucracy or move house again.

At least I got to be sad in relative peace.

Happy Autumn Equinox!