Old stones and medieval legends

On the first day of my Christmas holidays I went on a little adventure in the mountains with my sister and we dived into a world of medieval legends and beautiful scenery. We drove to a small village called Itxassou. First we walked along the wild river Nive with its transparent waters.

Finally we reached the famous Pas de Roland (Step of Roland). An immense rock dug by a narrow passage which crosses a hole carved in stone.

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Autumn farewell

I’ve been slowly saying goodbye to autumn these past few days. It is now really cold in the morning and the wind blew away a lot of leaves. Since the lockdown is still going on in France until the end of the month we were only allowed to walk within 1km of our home. So I’ve been seeing the last colors of autumn in my local forest, the one I was talking about in this previous blog post.

We’ve been walking in this forest with my sister, talking about Lord of the Rings for hours because she is currently watching the movies all over again and i’m reading the books. The leaves were falling softly around us. We carried mistletoe home, warmed ourselves with a cup of tea and ate a clementine cake I had baked.

Autumn you gave me beautiful memories once again. Thank you…

Autumn favourites

Even though the pandemic and lockdown in France changed a lot of my plans for this autumn i’m still grateful that I can spend my favourite season with my family this year. Moving back home in May was the right decision.

This autumn I love going on walks in the forest close to my house with my sister. This forest that we call “our Shire”. We’ve been picking pretty leaves, acorns and chestnuts. I like to decorate my room for each seasons. I picked up this little pumpkin when I was helping my sister at her job (she is working at a vegetable farm).

Halloween was probably my favourite day this autumn (read my blog post here). I baked a pumkin pie, carved our pumpkin, watched scary movies and ate chocolate with my sister. This autumn I started baking for the first time with chestnuts flour and I can’t wait to try more recipes.

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Second lockdown & baking

“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.”

J.R.R.Tolkien

I can’t believe I didn’t write a blog post for the past month… A lot of things happened. In october one of my colleague was covid positive. My workplace was closed for a week and I had to get tested. I started isolating myself from my family because both my mom and sister are high risk. Thankfully my covid test my negative. I went back to work for one week and the french president announced we would start a second lockdown. The pictures above were taken just a few days before the lockdown started. We had a lovely walk at the ocean with my mom.

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Halloween night

I had such a cozy halloween with my sister. These past few years I was living in another city so it was great to be able to celebrate it with her this year.

In the morning I baked a pumpkin pie. I followed this french recipe of a pumpkin pie with hazelnut and cinnamon. It was delicious !

In the afternoon we went to the cemetery to bring flowers to our grandmother. When we got home we carved our pumpkin and decorated my bedroom.

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Writing #1 NaNoPrep

It’s that time of the year again ! Every year I join writers from all over the world for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and we try to write 50K words in November. October is called NaNoPrep because we try to prepare our novel throughout the month.

Here’s my NaNo page, feel free to add me as a writing buddy.

These past few months I’ve been thinking about stories ideas for NaNoWriMo but I had a hard time deciding which one I will write. I always follow NaNoWriMo virtual write-ins on their youtube page and thanks to one of them (NaNoPrep week 2 focusing on characters on september 25th) I found out what I will be writing in november.

They gave 3 writing prompts and thanks to these prompts I managed to create a new novel idea and several characters so I wanted to share these writing prompts with you :

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A perfect autumn day

“Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.”

Emily Brontë

On monday I had a day off work and it was a perfect autumn day.

Early in the morning I went for a walk in one of my local forest. I can’t wait to live close to a forest. I think it is my most precious wish. I don’t care if the house or apartment I live in is small if only there is a forest nearby. I have to walk for half an hour before I reach this one… At first it was strange to be there without my sister because we love to walk there together. We call it “notre Comté” (our Shire).

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October preparations

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery

On this last week end of september, autumn finally came where I live. Last week we still had temperatures up to 35°C degrees but right now it’s raining, the wind is blowing and it’s cold enough to wear a sweater. On staturday morning I baked a hazelnut cake while listening to celtic music.

I also wrote in my journal, preparing for the month to come, which books i’m planning to read and tv show/movies I will watch. I would like to share this list here with you.

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A safe place

I started writing this first blog post early in the morning. I was in my cozy reading nook, surrounded by fairy lights with the sound of the rain pattering gently against the window, flipping through the pages of a book about hobbits. It was a really peaceful time.

And today is a day I have always cherished. The start of my favourite season. I wish you all a happy autumnal equinox, Fall & Mabon ! I hope this autumn will be filled with happy memories, walks in the forest, picking mushrooms, baking pumpkin pies and drinking cinnamon tea. September 22nd also marks Bilbo & Frodo’s birthday. I’m happy to start this blog on such a special day…

I want this blog to be my safe place where I can share all the things I love and create. A glimpse into my simple and slow life.

But first… hello i’m Melianna. I spend most of my time reading, writing, baking, drinking tea and walking in the forest. I have a deep love for nature and Tolkien’s world. I grew up in the south of France close to the ocean and I want to move up North in the coming months.

Welcome to my little world.