For my English readers the title of this post reads “Merry Christmas”. Why write the title in Latvian you may ask? Has my written Latvian improved significantly? Definitely no!! Am I going mad? Quite possibly if you saw me tonight. So what leads me to this conclusion?
Under the cover of darkness I performed the Latvian custom of Bluķa Vilkšana, which literally means Drag the Block. In short you have to drag/roll a tree stump around the perimeter of your land whilst chanting strange incantations and then burn the stump. As you roll the block around your land the stump is supposed to collect all the negative energies it comes across and when you burn the block the negative energies are destroyed. In true Latvian style you just have to believe. I was then persuaded to march across a field to two beehives, get down on my knees, put my ear against the hive and see if I could hear any bees buzzing. The theory is that if you can hear any bees, summer will be great. If not, start to pack up now. You can see now why I am questioning my sanity.
So before I go completely mad, I would like to wish all my readers and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for reading this year and I look forward to more adventures in 2016.