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The harvest. Thursday October 13, 2016

When I was little, I didn't understand the harvest festival at school. It meant taking in some tins to put in a box and old people would survive winter... because we had put tins in a box. Then I watched the second Nanny McPhee film and more understood the harvest festival! A celebration that the fields had been worked, the harvest was in, the hard work was done and winter could be faced. Those scenes are filmed so beautifully and I recommend the film to all those who haven't seen it. It's gentle, funny, well written and beautifully acted.

Is there a way to harvest our mood and battles?

I'm a bit of a seasonal girl and I know this time of year can be good for me but I also fear the season after. Once in a while it's good to look back and see where we have been. In the last year, have you had downs and some ups? How did you feel this time last year as Autumn started performing for us? Can you harvest these thoughts and feelings alongside the ones that remind us Spring followed Winter?

If you are a little seasonal like me, now is the time to think over what may come and how you plan to deal with it. I'm planning on getting things more in order (I'm having clear outs and having the outside painting done!) so that I might allow myself more hibernation in the coming months. I do not mean curling into a corner wrapped in a duvet (although that is SO tempting) but more that I will be able to go easier on myself. Accept myself as productive in the three other seasons and accept I need one to hunker down within.

Try saying 'hunker' five times and see if it makes you laugh.

Love from
The room above the garage.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Eva Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 7:22am

Hunker hunka hunka, Hunka munka was one of the 2 bad mice in a Beatrix Potter story, I can't recall her partner in crime, but they moved into a dolls house and were very destructive especially when they realised that the ham was made of painted plaster. :) takes me back. Thank you for the reminder to get my SAD light out again, I find the boost really great when it's getting dark outside. Looking back I'm in a more balanced place than this time last year, and now onwards...

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 10:18am

Hello Eva, I love when a little thing has the power to bring back a memory, especially of childhood. Yes, get out that light, I brought mine out this week too. It is by my bed and comes on for half an hour before my feet need to touch the floor. It may be just one little tool, but together with the others it will get us through! Love ratg x.

Debs Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 7:28am

Hey Roomy, lovely blog and brought a touch of lightness to my morning. I've been in a dark place recently... The worst I've been for a long time. Change of season perhaps, my son starting school, the end of an incredible course I've been doing, a lack of focus... who knows. But just as there is a recipe for depression there's also a recipe for wellness... hmmm, maybe I'll write about it today and get it on paper. And I'm definitely hunkering. Much hunkering, bake off watching, snuggling and hugging. Thank you for your words which have reached through to me xxx

Lex Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 8:02am

I love what you've called RATG, Debs xx

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 10:22am

Hello Debs, good to see you! I think you have listed all the reasons why the dark place appeared. And your hunkering is incredibly valuable. If you accept it, go with it and treat yourself as you would your son if he was off colour, you may find you pick up out of it far quicker than if you resist and try hard to push through. Think of it as a river which has been gushing after heavy rainfall. Sit on the bank and just watch as nature allows it to settle. Stay close, love ratg x.

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 10:23am

Me too :-)

Leah Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 11:30am

DEbs I have been thinking about how you were going.Hope to read more of your words. Sorry that you have been in a dark place. Take care Leah

Lex Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 8:01am

I did what you suggested, RATG! And, yes, I laughed!!! xxx

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 10:24am

"when you find one as mad as yourself, hold on to them forever" by me :-D

Richard Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 8:07am

Now I like Hunker, and I like flannel. But which one's best?

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 10:26am

Maybe apply the cake decision wand...both!! Love ratg x.

Dragonfly Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 9:27pm

How funny! Flannel is my all time favourite 'repeat until it's nonsense' word.

Angela Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 8:58am

Can we fast forward to spring pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease :/
Started using my lightbox today.

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 10:29am

Hello Angela, you know, we can fast forward to Spring. Just start living there. Its not as crazy as it sounds...gardeners will be emptying and cleaning out greenhouses but also preparing them for Spring. We can do the same. Winter has much beauty but, if you struggle with it like me, we can act as though it is not there and focus on the next bit. Like sitting on a bus with someone smelly!!!!

Andrew Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 9:16am

Hey Garage Girl - Loving the 'hunkering' - when I was small, my parents used to talk about being 'hugger mugger', when we were all snuggled up together in a tight space...that too makes me smile when I say it! One of the things I happen to like about that 'marmite' that is facebook (love it or hate it!), is the reminders it offers of what was in my posts on this day x years ago - and some days it serves to bring to mind how much has changed in my life....usually and for the most part, for the better - on occasions reminding me of folk no longer in my life - but always giving me a moment to stop, think and reflect on how life has evolved, progressed, changed, developed, along with the seasons....The massive blot on the horizon for me this year (and I suspect for many), is the dreaded Christmas - not the festival itself, but the pressures and strains that inevitably seem to come with it...I intend to get fit in mind, body and soul this year to meet it head!
Now, where was I....oh yes, 'hunker, hunker, hunker, hugger mugger hugger mugger......!'

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 10:31am

Hello Andrew, the part I love most about this is that you had parents who would snuggle you up in a small sounds adventurous and magical and like a family who love each other. I'm linking you to a blog I wrote ages back on Christmas, maybe it will give you permission to get through it your way. Love ratg x.

Andrew Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 10:55am

Thanks so much for that - some sound advice there. I sense my problems this year will be around family members doing their own I think I need to plan some things of my own - but not ON my I said, by then I fully intend to be fit in body, mind and spirit, so all should be well......! x

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 1:00pm

For me, thinking ahead and planning for my mood is key to surviving all situations! You sound like you are on it and maybe you will blog about it for us? A before, during and after?

Andrew Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 1:30pm

Why not? Good idea!

Andrew Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 9:17am

*head on

Leah Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 11:34am

Thanks for your blog. I have found I can be miserable in summer and ok in winter. For me seasons have no affect on me.
Am interested how you and others cope with seasons. I like reading your blogs.

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 1:01pm

Wow, I am fascinated by that. But I do understand the misery in summer, its strange but I thoroughly understand feeling it. A beautiful day loaded with expectation...

Lexi Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 12:47pm

RATG, I am well into my hunker days. I both love and loathe this season. The beautiful colors but the light...the way the day gets darker earlier and the shadows it casts. Makes me feel lost and sad. I don't have a SAD light but I do hunker down with my duvet and light by my bed and make plans for the holidays. xo Lexi

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 1:04pm

I have a SAD light box which I use for half an hour as I wake. Its incredibly bright and is designed to lift my brain up but also just wakes me up so that its not so hard to get up. I find morning darkness so much harder to deal with than afternoon darkness. I've just bought sunrise lights for my children...they create a gentle sunrise light over half an hour. Will report back...

Orangeblossom Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 12:50pm

Thanks RATG for your blog which I enjoyed reading and thinking about.

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 1:04pm

The pleasure is mine OB, thanks for logging in, love ratg x.

Tychi's Mum Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 1:28pm

Thank you for your blog RATG. Hunker x 5 definitely made me laugh and I love "hugger mugger". I'm going to incorporate that in to my vocabulary...

Andrew Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 2:29pm


The Gardener Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 6:14pm

Thanks RATG. As a very young farmer harvest really mattered - at out church (now no longer country) we celebrated rogation as well. At harvest festival 5 farmers carried symbolic baskets down the aisle and laid them on the altar steps. I remember at mini-skirt era I had a very smart but very short-skirted suit. We all gave a little bow, and as the only woman I realised what the congregation behind me would be treated to, so just bowed my head. Now, as a historian, I am terribly aware of harvest. At the end of the 17th century over 2 million French people, one eighth of the population died of starvation as wet summers followed wet springs. Only two generations ago, here, the hedgerows were important - small apples and pears for cider or drying - salted fish, nuts, blackberries, and gleaning (Van Gogh's famous picture). Up to a few years ago I would be thinking how I would escape the winter somehow or other. Last year was awful, Mr G dreadfully ill, chaos in the old house as everything got shoved around to accommmodate an invalid - falling down the church loft steps and doing everything but break my foot - I'm a summer girl, absolutely. My real 'harvest' remains my friends. Little aside - the French are addicts for free food. They get drowned hunting cockles forgetting the speed of the tides around here. They get run over gathering chestnuts. Trigger happy shooters get people as well as hares, and despite dire warnings in chemist windows they continue to poison themselves with 'mushrooms'.

Tutti Frutti Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 6:39pm

Hi RATG I liked the blog. Hunker is indeed a good word and I definitely managed a little smirk this morning which isn't bad given I wasn't feeling that great. As almost always I feel better for having gone to work and done some stuff. I don't think I am really affected by seasons but I do agree it's good to look back over the graph. Mine is pretty up and down day to day (it doesn't take much to cause a low for a day or two just someone being a bit grumpy). However if I look over a year or the whole history I can see genuine stable patches and low patches. I think the lows are normally linked to difficult stuff I have to deal with - eg the period choosing schools.

I very much liked yesterday's blog as well Mary (reminded me of early morning outdoor swimming on holiday) but I don't seem to have managed to comment successfully. Not sure what happened - perhaps I just got sidetracked and never uploaded it!
Love TF x

Buttons Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 6:50pm

Hi , I'm new to this but thought I would try and post as I feel low ( like many people I guess) but reading my first email made me connect my feelings about the seasons. I like the idea of winter as I feel I don't have to fight my depression so hard! Crazy I know to give in but you can only fight so long and hard all the time. Winter means shorter days so less opportunity to be around others, it's dark earlier so I feel myself shutting down early. I can hide in baggy coats and joggers not stress over shorts etc . Crazy I know.
Am I alone in feeling like this ?

Frankie Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 9:19pm

Hello Buttons; no I am sure you are not alone ... welcome to Moodscope and please keep posting; I like to think that we are a friendly lot here (in my experience). It's a fine line, isn't it - fighting or shutting down ... I think it is important to keep a balance; at the moment I am working on planning a day in advance - two options; if feeling good, then X, if feeling low, then Y. It seems to be working so far. Good luck and I look forward to reading you again ... if it is right for you to post! Frankie

LP Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 11:26pm

Hi Buttons, welcome from me too! I totally get the comfy clothes and we're all about no pressure on here, being gentle on ourselves and each other, so letting go of fighting against stuff is a great thing! Great to have you hunkering down with us! LPxx

LP Thu, Oct 13th 2016 @ 11:35pm

Hey ratg, 5 hunkers made me chucle too :)
I think I'm in denisl! Haven't even found my warm coat or jacket yet, brrrr!
I used to have a SAD bedside sunrise lamp. I couldnt be dealing with ordering replacement bulbs though. I git a bit confused as to whether it was ok to put it on as a light at night when the sun shouldve gone down. I did love it though!
A lovely idea to harvest those warm summery feelings and give them out as gifts when it's the opposite.
Take care, LP xx

Nicco Tue, Oct 18th 2016 @ 4:09pm

Thanks for your blog, TRATG. I love harvest time - it's as if the countryside is slowly getting ready for bed and the big sleep to come. I love getting out the candles and making the room look cosy, snuggling up with a chenile throw in the evenings with some tapestry stitching. But... I do suffer from seasonal affective disorder and have never understood why, because I love Autumn so much, it's my favourite season. I also get seasonal affective when the Spring comes too - the lighter mornings and evenings seem to affect me in a strange way, making me more prone to panic attacks and down times - weird! But, for now, I'm looking forward to going foraging soon - before all the berries get picked by others or eaten by birds! Happy Harvest everyone!

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