Tunes for a Monday Morning
Seasons, cycles, and Arum maculatum

Myth & Moor update

Woodland gate 2

For the next two weeks, until the end of May, I plan to re-publish some older Myth & Moor posts. This is the reason why:

Due to the UK's Covid lockdowns, we've seen our daughter only once since the pandemic began -- and for a close-knit family, this long year of communicating by Zoom has been rather hard on us all. Now she's back home with us for couple of weeks since the lockdown restrictions eased yesterday. Tilly's transcendent joy upon her arrival was a magical thing to behold.

Drawing by John BattenI'll be off-line quite a bit for the rest of the month, making the most of our time with Victoria -- including working together on an art project which we will unveil just as soon as it's ready. But rather than put Myth & Moor on hiatus, I'll re-republish some popular older posts  about the folklore of Devon's wildflowers (which I get a lot of requests for at this time of year), sprinkled with some quick reading recommendations (so that there's some new material for you too).

Once again, many thanks to all of you who carry the conversation forward in your comments below each post, which I appreciate so much (especially the poetry). I read it all with great pleasure every evening, even if I don't often have the "spoons" at day's end to respond. And to those who don't comment but show up here day-after-day and month-after-month nonetheless, thank you for being part of this community too. Your interest in books and art and myth and the other things I rattle on about here is what keeps me going.

Hound and roots

The drawing above is by John D. Batten, from Joseph Jacob's More Celtic Fairy Tales. Batten was born here in Devon (in Plymouth) in 1860.