Right now as I write, Quester and the rest of the band are down in the basement, in their studio, recording basic tracks for the first Freakwitch album. I love having them here, working their creative musical magick. For many years, we've opened our various homes to Quester's musical projects. When those homes were apartments or rented houses, there was always the concern that the landlord wouldn't like it, or, since we lived in urban settings where the houses were close together, that the neighbors would be offended by the noise. But now that we're in our own home, offering rehearsal (and recording) space is an even greater pleasure.
This place is very special to me. We built our house on land where my maternal grandparents lived. My Mom and Aunt gave us three acres on which to build (thanks, you guys rock!!!). My kids play in many of the same spots I did while visiting my Grammy at their age. I can sometimes feel her spirit, and that of Grampa, looking in on us and smiling a blessing. We often host family gatherings, such as the annual Thanksgiving feast; I love playing the hostess for family and friends.
Many of the members of our spiritual community live in a nearby city, and rent apartments. So I'm happy we can offer our home and yard for them to enjoy. We host many of the Sabbat celebrations here, around the fire pit Quester and some friends built the first year we moved in, five years ago. The circle around the fire pit is surrounded with 13 oaks, just babies now but placed so they'll form a protective ring as they grow bigger. We even have a backyard stage, built of donated timber from a friend's dismantled barn, for Freakwitch and others to play on at our big summer bash at Lammas.
I feel really blessed to live in this lovely space, to see the stars so vivid in the night sky, to hear the peeper frogs singing in the spring. And one of the ways I give back, and with joy, is to share the space with my community. So, "come on over to my yard, sit around, let your troubles all disappear." Beltane is nearly upon us, and yes indeed, we do have a Maypole!