Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat

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one of the historical links to the origins of halloween is the Celtic festival of Samhain The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half", and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year"

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family's ancestors were honoured and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm.

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day.

Black and orange are the traditional Halloween colors and represent the darkness of night and the color of bonfires, autumn leaves, and jack-o'-lanterns

more halloween info here...

day's end--
adding chopped pumpkin into
bubbling corn soup
--gillena cox

Trick or Treat? definitely a treat :) much love to all LUNCH BREAK visitors at halloween

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Pastelle Recipe here...

in Trinidad and Tobago banana trees are also called 'fig trees'; so we talk about 'green fig' and 'fig leaf'

so therefore the haiku from the image could we read locally as

fig trees
fig leaves will wrap pastelles
for Christmas menus
--gillena cox

Friday, October 01, 2010

October cheer

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The language of flowers developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette when it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. The "Language of Flowers" therefore evolved when a message was assigned to specific flower such as the Calendula (Marigold). A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.

The hidden message of the Birth Flower, the Calendula, so favored during the Victorian era was "My thoughts are with you".

language of flowers from...

our first kiss
scent of bay leaves
--gillena cox

My husband's birthday is October 16th; i'm publicly wishing my husband, Anthony Cox, all God's blessings; as he curves into his 62nd birthday