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a journey of self discovery. You just never know what we might see. Is that a fairy ring under that rowan tree? Look! - a hedgewitch, I wonder what she is brewing in her cauldron today. Oh, and look at that poor menopausal soul, she needs our love & understanding. We may take a stop at the creativity school or a wander through the garden. And maybe, we will take the time machine back to the past! But wherever we go, we will always take time to stop for tea.

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here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

something went dreadfully wrong

this morning, I finally found time to cut my fruit cake up - I have promised a piece to Gina from Patras place and the rest is wrapped up and given away over the Christmas break.
But something has gone wrong - the cake is dry.. I could just about cry. I have been making these cakes for nearly 20 years and this is the first year it hasn't turned out moist. So I stressed, I planned to make another, I panicked. what should I do.... ok - I could send myself demented and try to get another made or I could just accept that this didn't turn out. I only eat a little of my fruit cake, Joe and Sophie don't eat it, either do my other two children or their partners. They like the chocolate slice that I am planning on making on the weekend. MY mind is muddled on what to do - my soul says don't worry about it, that it's not important * but then there is the ego, the 'responsible' Capricorn who keeps telling me that it is tradition, that I *should* make another, that I won't settle unless I do.
yeah, ok so I make another, running around like a manic fool, trying to make Christmas perfect for everyone, I don't have fun! Why do we do this to ourselves?
I am trying so hard to follow my soul..... I am having constant conversations in my head about the dilemma of the cake - the new moon is coming & I feel totally spaced out and ungrounded..... if I don't make another, the world won't end, I know that


Blogger judie said...

Don't make another. Let it go. Chocolate slice sounds much more interesting anyway. :)

1:19 pm  
Blogger Colette said...

Let it go! Follow your soul. It's a good opportunity to practise letting go. Maybe this was why the cake didn't turn out the way you wanted it to. xox

2:00 pm  
Blogger Lisa(oceandreamer) said...

definitely let it go....and bask in the fun of watching your family eating the chocolate slice with pure delight. Isn't that what it's all about anyway? Free yourself, dear Robyn...and remind yourself at the end of the day...it won't change Christmas!

2:26 pm  
Blogger Rosa said...

Lordy Ms. R, get ya a bottle of spiced rum and soak that sucker! Or drink the bottle, whichever makes it taste better. Let it go and move on. Tiz the Seazon. Enjoy yourself!! Hugs (hiccup!). xoxo

2:35 pm  
Blogger Janet said...

Come by and read my blog entry for today! It has to do with this very thing. Just let it go. The world won't come to an end. We are never perfect. Think how boring life would be if we were.

2:56 pm  
Blogger Sheila said...

It's frustrating after the effort that went into making it but maybe it wasn't to be. Accept that and let it go. You said yourself, no one eats it and they prefer the chocolate one. I figured this out a few years ago, and no one said a word. Make two trifles instead...now we're talking..!!!

4:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go for the chocolate girl and don't worry about it. (((HUGS)))

5:35 pm  
Blogger katie said...

gosh i can imagine how disappointing it must have felt :-(
since you recognize the voice of soul and ego i would definately follow your soul. heck, people will REALLY appreciate your fruitcake in 2007 - absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that... thank you for your concerned posts on my blog. i'm for sure catching up tomorrow on all of my 12 days gifts photos.

5:46 pm  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

The voting looks unanimous, and I am in complete agreement. Variety - even in traditions - makes life more sweet.

6:41 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

WAAAAAHHHH!! Does this mean no chat? Of course not! If you still send me a piece I shall dunk it in sherry for a day or so and it will be just fine...(hiccup) and we can still have our much looked forward to talk. But I do sympathise - it happened to me once. You cook something months beforehand and expect it to be quietly simmering under all the brown paper and foil, then to find it all dry and unappetising - aaaaagh!!!!!!

7:25 pm  
Blogger VintagePretty said...

The cake itself doesn't make christmas - it is everything else, all the small things. Perhaps if you poke some holes all over the top and feed it with brandy/port/sherry it'll moisten up a bit. It can happen, fruit cakes can be temperamental. But don't worry! It'll all be fine in the end!

9:46 pm  
Blogger Cookie said...

Just drown it in sherry Robyn and make a nice custard and eat it like pudding !!! Dont lose sight of the real meaning behind a family Christmas and that is as long as you are all sitting around the table eating together and enjoying yourselves....the rest is unimportant!!!! Merry Christmas !

1:07 am  
Blogger Daisy Lupin said...

Don't make another forget it. I have just iced mine and was annoyed to see it has got slightly burnt on the sides, so I just sliced a thin layer off two sides. Who cares? Even my icing isn't perfect, but I never serve it whole always sliced in pieces. Let it go this year. Christmas is too short and frantic to cause yourself more hassle.

1:18 am  
Blogger Lisa said...

Don't make another and send the dry one to me. I love it. LOL

You are such a love but trust me...the whole fruitcake thing is probably way more important to you than to anyone else. Let them eat chocolate. :)

1:38 am  
Blogger ACey said...

Robyn, it's difficult to follow our souls because nothing about dominant culture supports that process as holding any value or necessity. Whether we "believe" the principles of that culture or not, we are deeply imprinted by them - sometimes it's easiest to understand that by noticing the ways we struggle so hard to get out of our own way.

Also please remember that you are, already, following your soul as best you can - in part through your blogging endeavors and their ongoing evolution! The process of truly awakening and living-in-light is by no means a fairytale journey. Parts are very messy, unelegant and damned hard work.

The more important your personal comfort zone is to you (and ... for a cappy ... I'd think such things would be QUITE important) the more difficult it is to move into completely new territory with a sense of confidence. Think of all the people you know who never try to change the slightest thing about themselves and have compassion for them as well as yourself. If it were easy, far more people would be doing this kind of personal growth work!

I'm a little slow right now, but you can expect an email reply within the next 48 hours sometime. I wanted you to know I am thinking about you and all the things we've been discussing, in the meantime.

2:32 am  
Blogger Gemma said...

It's ok Robyn....do what Rosa suggested...soak it in buttered rum. If you only knew all the cooking failures we have experienced out here....you'd be laughing.
There is always next year for the "Perfect Fruitcake"
sending love

3:00 am  
Blogger Lady Laurie said...

I agree let it go...Christmas will come fruitcake or not. I have learned this these last two Christmases that this stuff just isn't worth stressing about, just relax and enjoy yourself, and you know what, I bet your cake is just lovely!!

3:25 am  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Don't stress out over this your effort is well appreciated so eat it with a cup of tea..it all ends up in the same place! We are so hard on ourselves during all the preparations for the perfect day but what's more important is that we have the opportunity to be surrounded by our loved ones.I am really trying to keep it simple and not stress out with all my *to do's* if it doesn't get done ...well there's always next year!

P.S. I think a member of our fairy association needs some of your ~*good luck energy and wish for rain*~
as her Christmas is black with threat of fires in Australia!
hugs NG

5:03 am  
Blogger gena said...

Robyn, all is not lost, you just need put it upside down in the tin and give it a little drink every day of either sherry or brandy,I often do this(whether the cake is dry or not)trust me, it will remoisten your cake.

5:10 am  
Blogger Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

How frustrating!! I say either let it go (some years things just don't turn out and there is no reason for it) or try soaking it with brandy or rum or whatever you used in the first place and see if that helps any...it can't hurt since it is too dry now. I say go out a buy one from a local bakery if you need a fix.
xo Heather

5:39 am  
Blogger giggles said...

BREATHE Robyn BREATHE!!! Although I am not a fan of fruitcake....I do know to soak it, soak it, soak it!!! Any of your favorite booze really. Poke holes, as suggested, then feed it with an orange liquor or any other favorite .... Wrap it up...and wait....it will be tasty and moist and you will probably start a new tradition! I used to make it for my ex I’d soak it, and he loved it!

Hugs to you....you'll make it through!!
Try to enjoy the magic of Christmas!

1:57 pm  

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