Friday, 6 February 2015

My new backpack

I'm loving my Manduca and have been using it loads as a front carrier but as the little man is getting rather heavy I thought it was time to try the back carrying option. It's much more comfortable for my back, I can actually use my arms again and the little man seems to like it too as he gets to see the world from a different angle; it must be comfortable for him too as he fell asleep when we went for our afternoon walk.

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

Manduca back carrier

PS: Did you notice the little yellow hat the little man is modelling? This is one of many things I knitted for him before he was born. His great aunt was nice enough to give me a bag full of knitting needles and vintage baby patterns from her grandmother i.e. the little man's great great grandmother and this hat was made from one of those patterns.


Monday, 2 February 2015

Blessed Imbolc

Imbolc snowdrops

Imbolc daffodil

As Imbolc traditionally is the time to bless the seeds I started my Imbolc ritual a little earlier this year to consciously watch something grow. It's been quite rewarding to see the seeds change every day and turn from something seemingly lifeless into very much alive seedlings and plants.

Imbolc seeds

The word Imbolc literally means "in the belly" and refers to pregnant ewes but also to the Goddess as the mother which made me think back of this time last year when I myself was pregnant and the little man was in my belly. Here's a picture of me from February last year; the stone I'm holding is representative of the size the little man would have been at this stage during the early second trimester of my pregnancy.

2nd trimester

IMBOLC by Karen Bagnard
IMBOLC by Karen Bagnard

The word Imbolc originates from the Gaelic word oimelc which means "ewes milk" but again I'd like to think of it in context of the Goddess as the mother and then relating this back to myself breastfeeding the little man. I think he's celebrating today with me by having an extra feed.

La Grande Maternité, 1963, Pablo Picasso
"La Grande Maternité", 1963, Pablo Picasso