Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Saying Grace at Redwall

Adam and I finished the seventh book in Brian Jacques'  Redwall Series last night.  One of the things we love most about the series is the feasting and the descriptions of the many breads, cheeses, pies, soups and salads the Redwallers prepare and  thoroughly enjoy. They have no guilt about eating well at feasting times. Feasts are held to honor lost loved ones, to celebrate the end of quests and wars, to mark homecomings, and for the naming of seasons.  The Redwallers are creatures of peace and gentleness with a deep connection to each other, their past and their heroes.  But while they feel sadness and losses keenly, they always look toward youngsters, new life and the turning of the seasons for comfort.  They do not wallow.  They feast and move on.  At Redwall there is always room for good-hearted creatures at the table.  The moles and the otters sit with the mice and the badgers.   Here is the simple Redwall Grace written by Brian Jacques:

"Squirrels, otters, hedgehogs, mice,
Moles with fur like sable,
Gathered in good spirits all,
Round the festive table.
Sit we down to eat and drink.
Friends, before we do, let's think,
Fruit of forest, field and banks,
To the seasons we give thanks."

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Bathing Your Pet Guinea Pig

Oh boy did I need this just now! Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the specifics of my life that I forget that there are people out there washing guinea pigs. I found it oddly cheering on this cold, gray, rainy Thursday and I hope you do, too. The only disappointment was that there was no blow drying at the end. Kate: Thanks for focusing my mind on guinea pigs this week!!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Morning Frost

The morning frost through Adam's lens.


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