Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my last post. Marking the seasons with festivals has become so much a part of our lives, that I can't imagine not finding a way to "make it work", no matter how ill I feel. I once read some really good advice from a very wise mama on a parenting forum that I participate in, which was to keep traditions simple enough that you could do them by yourself, if you were sick, if one of your children were sick, or if you had company in the house. I've found that advice to ring true for me more than once. ;)

Anyway, here are some photos from our Martinmas celebration last week .... I wish they were better -- even my "fancy" camera has a hard time when the only light is from lanterns! The lanterns glowed so beautifully, I don't think a photo could do them justice.

james and his little light