I would like to introduce you to our co-host this week : Linda of Gemma's House. Here she describes herself :
Inspiration Avenue is a favorite blogging site of mine. I enjoy the challenges and the friendships here.
My name is Linda Manzo but my blog uses the name "gemma".
( that is what my grandchildren call me.)
my blog is at http://gemmashouse.blogspot.
Right now I work full time managing an elementary school library, reading stories to students,
circulating library books and trying to keep the library in order, fun and interesting to the patrons.
I love Art.
In the future I hope to pursue art full time but for now I enjoy the IA and other art challenges on the web.
The challenge for this week :
HERE COMES THE SUN
We are at the half way point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.
I love the SUN and honor the many celebrations beckoning the return of the sun, and
preparing for the upcoming Spring.
For centuries Christians have celebrated this time with a celebration of lights
On the old Celtic calendar Imbolc is a celebration of the first signs of spring:
the melting of January snows, the first blooms, the heaviness of animals expecting birth.
It is a time of awakening, of new life, of new potential. A rebirth of light.
Also celebrated at this time St Brigid's feast Day:
Often the St. Brigid cross is made
Though a Christian symbol it possibly derives from the pagan sunwheel. It is usually made from rushes or, less often, straw.
It comprises a woven square in the centre and four radials tied at the ends. It is often hung in kitchens in Ireland.
I sincerely hope that you will be inspired by this theme.
What do these celebrations mean to you?
I am looking forward to visiting all of you and your entries.
Gemma co-hosting with Hettienne
To all our regular followers : we now use Mr Linky. So now you can link up in the block below and we will find you so much quicker! It does take a while for your link and image to appear - so you may not see it immediately. Thank you for playing along this week.