Beauty in the Ordinary

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"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Raold Dahl

Sunday, October 30, 2011

If only I had known...

posted today some wonderful information
about Halloween in Ireland, including a delicious-looking recipe for 
Bairín Breac  (Halloween Brack)...sort of like a fruited-bread.

He mentions that October 31 is the time

"  the faeries are moving from their summer to their winter quarters. "

I wish I had known this before.

This is a halloween notion that I can latch onto...

Faeries nestling into their winter quarters





and even the keening banshee.

So tomorrow, I will bake a Bairin Breac, and read from
John O'Donohue's Anam Cara and this will be the way I celebrate this holy-day.

For the first time ever, with sincerity in my heart, I wish everyone
Happy Halloween!


  1. Thank you Jacqueline. I need to get my head around Halloween....i've never been a fan....but fairies...I love.

  2. Me either and me too Chania...maybe this is a way for us both to enjoy!

  3. And I, my dear Jacqueline, shall paint a huge bleeding scar down my face, and reluctantly hand out sweets to about 6 poorly dressed-up local small children who will no doubt come knocking on my door later tonight.

    The only good side to all this, is that these local children feel very happy coming to see us, use the pool, play with the dog, etc. And the feeling is mutual.

  4. I guess any way that we connect to each other is good Cro. Have fun!

  5. Bairin Breac looks mouth watering. Happy day to you too J xx

  6. I'm not one for dressing up, or really celebrating Halloween...but I just can't be one of those people who turn their lights out and pretend the're not home, so I light the candles in the lanterns and hand them on the front porch and I buy the chocolate and hand them out to the little goblins until the sweet bowl is empty...but all the while I'll be thinking of the faeries dancing around the garden.

  7. Well, they did come. It wasn't even dark, they weren't dressed up, and they took all my favourite Licorice wheels, and left the other sweets. The French have still to understand what Halloween is all about.... or maybe it's best that they don't!

    But, they're lovely kids.

  8. A delightful post, Jacqueline. With all kinds of lore. And a reading from John O'Donohue makes it all the more special.

    Hope you're having a wonderful All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day.

    From ghoulies and ghosties
    and long-leggedy beasties,
    and things that go bump in the night,
    good Lord deliver us.

  9. I think you should keep it just the way it is Cro...sounds like the kids just love being with you and Lady M. Licorice wheels are my fav too!

    Thanks for the bless Rob-bear.


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