Two More Birthdays & The Beginning of Fall

Hello all. Fall is here! I have a love/hate relationship with Fall. On one hand, it’s beautiful, but on the other, it means cold winter is just around the corner.

Every day the leaves turn a bit more. We had a huge storm last night which took some of them off the trees.

I love how the sun streams into my dining-room.

September used to be a slowing down of birthdays and and slow build up to Christmas. But with the birth of our grandchildren, suddenly we have 3 birthdays in one week!

It was Neil’s 6th birthday on the 12th, Ella’s 1st birthday on the 14th and mine on the 17th!

We had a Dol or Doljanchi ceremony for Ella. It’s a Korean tradition that celebrates the first birthday of a baby. This ceremony blesses the child with a prosperous future and has taken on great significance in Korea. The birthday babies wear a hanbok and a traditional hat. Ella looked so beautiful in hers, even if she was somewhat unamused!

The highlight of the dol is a custom called the doljabi where the child is placed in front of a table of foods and objects such as string, paint or calligraphy brushes, ink, and money. The child is then urged to pick up an object from the table. It is believed the one selected will foretell the child’s future. For example, if the child picks up a paint/calligraphy brush or book, they are destined to be smart. If they pick up money, they will be wealthy; if they pick up food, they will not be hungry. If the child picks up the thread, it is believed they will live a long life.

Ella chose the money which pleased us all to the point of cheering. This freaked poor Ella out as you can see. We also had a quick costume change as she was very hot in her dress.

We all took it in turns to make a big fuss over her

And then we sat down to a nice meal while, behind us, Ella took her first steps!

Fortunately, Na-mee actually saw it.

Tori came home on the 17th just in time to have a celebratory birthday drink with me that evening, but the celebration continued the next day. While we were out grocery shopping, we noticed a British Fish & Chips restaurant when Tori took a wrong turn. Delighted, we went in for lunch. The plastic covering the tartan table cloths is for easy sanitizing.

Had beautiful Haddock and chips, beer and wine

Followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding and ice cream.

We could barely move at the end of it. Fortunately, we still had a lot of errands to run and managed to walk it all off, although it was a struggle!

That evening, we had vodka on the patio and then polished off a bottle of red wine with a supper of pizza.

We also ‘played’ with Tori’s new purchase – a dragon that does this when you place an incense cone on the top of it. So cool.

The next day, Na-mee brought beautiful tarts from the local bakery and a lovely throw blanket.

I gave my hall table some Fall love. You can read more about this here.

On Monday, Tori delivered to a small, isolated gold mining town in British Columbia called Atlin. He sent me these photos

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