And so a new year begins....

Lottie in the woods

Myth & Moor is returning soon after its long hiatus. Watch this space. We have news to catch up on, books and art to recommend, some wonderful Guest Posts to publish, and the story of the little fuzzy critter in the photo above to tell you. In the meantime,  studio assistant Lunar Hine writes and curates a Myth & Moor newsletter here. And you'll find both Lunar and me over on my Patreon page.


Myth & Moor update

May Day in Chagford by Carol Amos

Typepad, the platform that hosts Myth & Moor, has had massive problems over the last few weeks as they've moved from one data centre to another. While many issues have been resolved, other problems remain and this blog isn't functioning 100% normally yet. You may find pages hard to load, art still missing on a number of pages, and I'm still having difficulties in publishing new posts like this one. The engineers at Typepad say they are working on it, and I hope it will all settle down soon. In the meantime, I'm sorry that so many posts in the archives are not loading all of their imagery. Please bear with us.

Thank you also for your patience with Myth & Moor has been on hiatus. As many of you know, it's been a very rough summer and autumn for us. I'll be back just as soon as I can be.

May Day in Chagford by Carol Amos

Pictures above: Celebrating May Day here in Chagford last spring, with storyteller & folklorist Lisa Schneidau (whose books I hope you all know), our village Jack-in-Green (Lisa's husband, naturalist Tony Whitehead), our 'Obby 'Oss (Howard) and the Oss Minder (me). Now we are heading into the dark of the year, also rich with folklore and magic.


Myth & Moor update

Tilly and her friend Old Oak

I'm afraid I'm dealing with health issues again, and have to preserve the limited energy I have for work that has pressing deadlines. I'll be back to Myth & Moor just as soon as I can. I hope that will be soon. Thanks for your patience.

Tilly & Old Oak in the sun

Tilly, meanwhile, is doing well. We have to monitor and manage her health condition, but the meds are working, so we are daring to hope for the best.

Old Oak in the golden light of early autumn

Three young oaks


A further update

Terri Windling and Tilly Windling-Gayton, Dartmoor, 2021

I'm having a bit of Long Covid flare-up. No surprise, really. It happens less regularly now than a year ago, but still flares up if I get over-tired...and this last week has been a doozy, between Tilly's emergency vet visits and getting Howard packed up and off on pilgrimage. 

Now Howard's on the road, Tilly is doing better, and my body seems to be insisting that I take some time to take care of myself. I'll be back to Myth & Moor soon, with those final "water book" recommendations and more.

Illustration by Walter Crane

Leon Tolstoy once wrote: ''A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor - such is my idea of happiness.'' 

Mine too.