Here we finally are in the misty month of November. The soil smells of fruit cake, and the cold bites at our fingers. We snuggle under our quilts in the Northern Hemisphere, like small sleeping mammals, if we are fortunate enough.

This year, we are hearing foxes rampaging about in the woods next-door. Pretty raucous too for once. Mind you I don't think the fireworks help them much. But, they are back after quite a long absence.

I missed hearing them.

Our local woods are ancient and, as I've said before, they are mentioned in The Doomsday Book, of 1085. They are pretty battered by the local population, as they are taken for granted by some of our neighbours collecting wood, and so on. Not all of it is felled. Plus we also have bikes going through - motorised, and the old footways have suffered, but over the past two years the powers that be have planted more trees along the edge of the woods, into the field dip. We couldn't understand why - very out of character, then we found out the local farmer/council had sold the far field - (unprotected,) to a local developer. So I think it's to separate the old estate, from the new estate. Lmao. It's fallen through a couple of times now, not much digging going on out there at all. I hope it stays that way too. It's been a few years.

It's worked out well for the creatures in the local woods though, funnily enough. All the snakes will move back into the undergrowth too if it comes to it - they have before.

Snake is one of November's Animal Correspondences, Eels too - but I've never heard of any of those in the pond, farther down the way. Pike and so on, yes..maybe they ate them eh?

"Over the river and through the woods
Trot fast my dapple gray.
Spring over the ground
Like a hunting hound
On this Thanksgiving Day, Hey!
Over the river and through the woods
Now Grandmother's face I spy.
Hurrah for the fun,
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie."
- English folksong, It's Raining, It's Pouring

"November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring."
- Elizabeth Coatsworth

Enjoy your November. Best wishes to all.

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Comment by Mystic Wolf on November 5, 2019 at 3:20pm
The spicey pumpkin soup sound really good. I want to make 2 pumpkin pies later on. I love pumpkin pie.
Comment by Elspeth on November 5, 2019 at 8:51am

I'll take a Love anytime thank you Sav ~ thank you, most appreciated x

Comment by savlove on November 5, 2019 at 3:20am
Excellent piece. I gave it a Like but the technology isn't allowing that just now. How about a Love?!
Comment by Elspeth on November 5, 2019 at 3:15am

November is a time for reflection and Shadow work. I made a spicy pumpkin soup lastnight. Not bad. 

Comment by Mystic Wolf on November 3, 2019 at 6:46pm

The days are getting shorter and the nights longer now but for me, it is a season to reflect on my life and to think about next year. I enjoy this season for it is a time to make stews, chili, and many other meals that will keep your stomach warm. I enjoy the many squashes that are out in the markets along with the pumpkins to enjoy this time.

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