James, Charles, and Meradydd with their roses.
Kitty eating her rose.
Afterward, off to spend the day at the Ren Faire again. I still didn't get to look at many of the booths, although I did find a new wand. It really called to me, and it was still there when I went back the next day, so it was mine. The boys each chose a small candle as well but I never did find anything for Carey or Deedee. :( We had a lot of fun in the children's section. We started it off with an awesome dragon. It parades around every year. The kids liked the Around The World Yurt although there wasn't really anything interesting going on at the time. We missed the different countries that were going to be represented that day. We also stopped at an SCA type booth. They weren't SCA though, some other organization. They had lots of cool stuff that I wanted to look at but I get distracted when the children discovered the armor.
The decorations on the main stage.
The awesome dragon that leads the parade every year.
Fierce Carey wearing chain mail
We also took a look at some beautiful falcons that had come to visit from the University. And then we discovered a booth set up by one of my friends, Janice. She has a farm outside of town with sheep and llama's. So the kids got to meet several llama's and sheep, while Janice and I talked. I was ecstatic when I found out that she could use a drop spindle and she gave me a quick lesson although I warned her that I would probably start bugging her on Saturdays so she could teach me more. I also found out that she's looking into selling her own wool, and hand painting it. I told her I was interested in that as well so lots of new activities are opening up for me. Yay.
The kids meeting the llamas.
Kitty feeding a goat.
Pagan Soul was also wonderful. The ceremony was very nice and peaceful. We also had a four legged member join us, Spring. I thought the dogs name very appropriate. Since this ritual was done in doors, of course we couldn't have any bonfires. But that was solved quite handily with candles on two pillars for us to walk through. Also, how to take home our sacred fire? That too was solved with incense sticks. I quickly lit mine in the bonfire, let it burn for a few seconds to infuse it with the energy and then extinguished it. It made it's way home to burn upon the family altar. After the ritual, between us we emptied several wonderful bottles of honey mead, and snacked upon smoked cheese, crackers and oatmeal cookies. I myself drank three glasses of wine, the most I've done in a long time. It was a good thing I fed Kitty before leaving. I found it interesting that no one turned the lights on in the sanctuary, even after the ritual. The light was allowed to fade naturally.