Today is Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh. An ancient festival, it celebrates the first day of harvest, and offers All sorts of opportunities for trying to get the kids tuned in to the rhythm of the seasons (I do try to follow Waldorf principles, it just doesn’t always work out that way in practice). It being the middle of the summer holidays we had a few house guests to lend a hand with making an oasis for the fairies to play in


20130801-234157.jpg. (If you look closely you’ll see a couple of tame snails who will provide rides for the fairies). We also attempted bread making which is a more traditional Lammas pastime, celebrating the grain.





Lammas is also traditional associated with the custom of Bringing Home the Bacon. The custom is still practised every four years at Dunmow in Essex – although it happens in mid July rather than the more traditional Lammastime. You can read an account of it here


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