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I hope I find you well today you lovely people. Here we are, two days from Halloween and a week away from Bonfire Night here in the UK. (More about that later). It is time to dress up and dream of all things ghoulish, ghostly and creepy. The neighborhoods will resound to the happy sound of young children knocking on doors and hoping for treats of all kinds but mainly sweets. Doorways will be adorned by broomsticks and windows will glow with the light of candles spluttering inside the nightmarish carvings from the excavated pumpkins while the flesh has been transformed into soup and simmers on the stove. Many a pointy hat is to be seen flitting from house to house along with glowing skeletons and all manner of creatures. To be honest, Halloween is still a growing event here in England. It has just about reached the same kind of level it has in other countries, especially the US. It was not something we celebrated as much until a few years ago but we are there now. 
The funny thing is that the origins of 'trick or treat' lie not in America but in medieval Europe. In almost every English-speaking and (commonly but not exclusively) Christian countries there have been lots of rituals (many pagan) that have taken place around the 1st November each year. These rituals often include asking for food, dressing up and making a connection to the spirits of the dead. 31st October is known as All Hallows Eve, 1st November is All Hallows Day and 2nd November is All Souls Day.
The practice of going door to door was mentioned in 1779 by John Brand in 'Popular Antiquities Of Great Britain' where he wrote "On All Saints Day, the poor people go from parish to parish a Souling, as they call it."
The Christian tradition goes back to the 14th century but the pagan ritual can be traces back to the 10th century if not before. 
Here in the UK this is followed shortly by Bonfire Night which began to celebrate the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. Guy Fawkes plotted to blow up Parliament but was caught and was scheduled to be hanged, drawn and quartered. I think he jumped from the scaffold with the noose about his neck thereby escaping that grizzly end. Every year on 5th of November he is symbollically re-executed when effigies of him are burned on bonfires all over England. There are also big fireworks displays you can attend but some families buy their own fireworks and have smaller, more intimate firework events in their own gardens. 
As a child we had a few fireworks in the back garden like Roman Candles, Catherine Wheels and Crackers. These were exciting days where you waited all day for it to get dark and for the air to take on a chill as you anticipated what was to come. The Roman Candles stood in a small hole in the ground and erupted in a shower of coloured sparks with a smell you will never forget. It smelt of wet gunpowder and I can still smell it today. One of the warmest memories of my childhood. We also had rockets. These stood in an empty milk bottle, the blue touch paper was lit and we all stood back waiting for the rocket to burst into life and fly off into the dark sky before exploding with a spray of colour and a big bang. They were magical. The catherine wheels always promised much but delivered little. They were supposed to spin round after they had been lit, nailed to a post. They rarely performed well though but we lived in hope each year that this was going to be the year when it worked. The real magic came from the sparklers though. These you held in your hands and waved around, tracing patterns of light as sparks flew from the thin stick as it burned down. Ah the memories. At a bigger event in the town you would be able to warm yourself around the huge bonfire while a more organised fireworks display went on above you. You got a stiff neck from looking up so long and your face ached from smiling. After the fireworks there were mugs of hot soup and pies to eat. I'm sure it was colder when I was a child as I remember always being wrapped in a big coat with a scarf and gloves.  
Wonderful memories of childhood. Keep your kids young and let them experience the magic. These are the memories that will stay with them in life.  :iconfireworkplz: :iconfireworkplz: :iconfireworkplz:

Well, it has been a little while since my last journal so I have much to feature. You have all been very busy as have I so I have been trying to keep up with you. I think I am finally back where I like to be and have many favourites to share. I hope you will find much to enjoy from this selection. I will try to include as many of you as I can as you all deserve to be featured. It was recently my birthday and I have never had so many messages and gifts as I did this year. For that I am extremely grateful to each and every one of you. :hug: You show me such kindness in many ways which I can only thank you for. :heart: Thank you all :heart: So, here we go. Sit back and relax and enjoy some beautiful images from your good selves. 

Happy Halloween by daniellefw  Pieces by MEP-Photography  From the Bottom Of my heart by MagicLaDyCharm  Time to reflect by Morgan-Lou  Spark of Autumn by aw-landscapes  

Music of Loneliness... by WhimsicalBlue  beautiful morning by JoannaRzeznikowska  The Call of Solitude by EvaPolly  Chatter V by Trippy4U  Sea-flora by richardcgreen  

The gate to a new life by Finsternisss  Fly Agaric by mockingbirdontree  Lucky Cards by VelvetRedBullet  Handmade Coptic Bound  Leaf Book 01 by snazzie-designz  feelings of spring by ColorfulLadybug  

Acelya I by Mocris  Trick or treat by Hend-Watani  Life colored in pink by VesnaRa014  Welcome home by adrianamusettidavila  To watch The Sun and Ocean dance by dashakern

Celtic memories by Omoidenoki  The Threeling and the Tree by MaaykeKlaver  Pine Cone by CamillaSakar  If These Trees Could Talk LXXXII. by realityDream 

Mushroom dream state by gigi50  Shine on you III by Tb--Photography  before everything ends by arbebuk  Rainbow on Koruldi lakes. Caucasus, Georgia by Sergey-Ryzhkov 

Siusi by Annabelle-Chabert  Down below by Pistolpete2007  autumn sun II by Ingelore  Sketch and digital: October Moon by LewisKocher  Magic Moments by EyeOfTheKat  

Jardin de roses by Juanilla  Des Nebels dunkle Seele by Woman-of-DarkDesires  Stormy Waters by aw-landscapes  Reach out... by bindii  

Frozen Leaves by Pajunen  Blue Ridge Dawn by darkhorse11  Abandoned things... by Omoidenoki  Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain by Yuukon 

Tombstone's Morning Magic by eegariM  Rise by LidiaRossana  Yosemite by Francy-93  Time Stands Still by Cinnamoncandy  Autumn mood by dashakern  

Siren's Thrall by Trippy4U  Our Common Port by TeaPhotography  Don't mind me by SilverMixx  Nothing-is-real by crossfading  Coin de rue by Pierre-Lagarde  Happy Birthday Sir Lawerence by 1001G  

Happy Birthday Lawrence by BlueIvyViolet  Sunset Cottage by tracybutlerart  a picnic by the lake by Rona-Keller  Death like Sleep by Scooby777  Emerald reflection by Melusine8  

Termination Dust by VeraDovba   For Eveliina by IdaBarracuda   Misty Morning by Arte-de-Junqueiro    [ Inktober 4th ] - Beyond The Sea by Sophia-Eowyn   Milky Way over Seabrook Texas by foureyes  

Mt. Mine by Bibwue  Beguiled by BWilliamWest  The lonesome by Annabelle-Chabert  Nebelgestalt by Woman-of-DarkDesires  Cross by IvanAndreevich  

The Wave by SvenMueller  Fairy tale gone wrong by kriskeleris  a f t e r t h e s t o r m by silvia-giuli  Maned wolf 3 by Maria-Schreuders  

Sunset from train by Juanilla  Letting go by dashakern  Ghostly Shape by eegariM  Lone Larch by RawPoetry  

Golden hopes by VasiDgallery  The Royal Photo Shoot by saperlipop  Scheveningen Beach by Caillean-Photography  h i g h   u p by ColorfulLadybug  Orange Dahlia 2017 by videodude1961 

Lonely violet by Lady-68  The Tree by pillendrehr  Rustle of Fall by nehab16  1 by MeralSarioglu      village by MeralSarioglu     Far, far by Anka-loves-to-fly  Autumn by dashakern 

Rainbow Houses by ashamandour  Autumn is on its Way 3 by pillendrehr  Anchored by MaresaSinclair  Mountainscape by angra1811  A Beast's View by eegariM

A Night by my Side by VelvetRedBullet  Gloomy Grizzly by eegariM  Mountain Splendor by SatyaSaruchi  Puffin 3 by Alannah-Hawker  Curtains with Wyeth Seagulls by richardcgreen

Wharf at Whitby English Seacoast by richardcgreen  Littles Fairy by LiliaLaurent    Lady Beetle by IreneHorvath  monday morning by ivtaya 

The haunted forest by Floreina-Photography  Blanca by RawPoetry   Dark alley by aw-landscapes  Blightingales by GrimDreamArt  

Autumn is on its Way 2 by pillendrehr  Ship in norway by TaitGallery  Sunset in Mirista by EyeOfTheKat 

camouflage by Ceecore  Sunset from Dumbarton Rock by Crannogphotographic  Mairon by EKukanova  Music flows by Anka-loves-to-fly  Who cares about rain? by ForlornTreasures  The birth of dawn by dashakern  

When the sun goes down by ANorthernStar   Waterfalls Canyon by Miguel-Santos  An Teallach Sunset by SebastianKraus 

Worth enough? by radoxist  camouflage II by Ceecore  The Land Of Milk And Money by Trippy4U   Dunrobin's Turrets by piglet365  White Beauty by EmMelody 

my worlds II by JoannaRzeznikowska  Ridge by Laerian  Everything Changes by TanyaSimoneSimpson 

Black Swan by Gwendolyn1  Hungarian skies CCXII. by realityDream  Just Hints of Things SNAPSEED by richardcgreen 

That's all folks :iconbugsbunnyplz:
I hope you have enjoyed looking through these beautiful and creative pictures. I don't know what I would do without art of all kinds in my life and, most importantly, the artists themselves. Thank you for making my day each and every day by making the art that you make. It is such a pleasure to come here every day to see what you have been doing. I just thought I'd let you know how important that is to me. 
If you liked anything here please take time t let the artist know. It could just turn their day into a good one. 
Take care every one. Keep on creating and keep on smiling. Spread the love and keep making this world a better place. My love to each and every one of you :heart: :hug:

          

            

        

         

         

      

    


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fotomademoiselle Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely feature/journal! I'm obviously a bit behind in journals but working on catching up. ^^
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome :) 
I know how that can be :)
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:love:
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MeralSarioglu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017
Great!!! So beautiful journal.:heart:
and thank you so much, much appreciated :hug::hug:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome :)
Im glad you enjoyed it :hug:
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Thank you , my dear friend!Heart Hug 
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome dear Vesna :hug:
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1001G Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017
awesome journal sir lawrence.....ty ty for making me part of it
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Edie 
its always my great pleasure :)
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Melusine8 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the feature and for sharing this journal with us. It is always a great pleasure to read your beautiful journals Lawrence.:rose:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It's my pleasure Isabelle :) 
Thank you very much :)
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Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017
Im knocking... very late :) Thanks a lot mate ! :)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
No worries , it's my pleasure :)
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Tb--Photography Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Many Thanks
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww..such a wonderful and interesting journal Lawrence:heart:
I was look forward to your amazing words and so glad to be part of this beautiful journal..!!
I Wish for you Peace and Success ahead in Life... by vafiehya
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Hazel :hug:
It is my great pleasure :)
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WhimsicalBlue Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome anytime Lawrence:)
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
Awww, what a wonderful and fun journal, my sweet friend! :heart:

I have to say, it is a humbling honour to be included in this journal. :cuddle:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It's entirely my pleasure dear Tea :hug:
Im glad you enjoyed it:)
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ColorfulLadybug Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I really love all your Journals.
You put so much effort in them and are always so kind by sharing all these beautiful photos from awesome people.  ♥

Thank you :love: :huggle:
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
It's entirely my pleasure Sarah :hug:
Im glad you enjoy my journals :D
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ColorfulLadybug Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Spin me right round 
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nehab16 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the honour, Lawrence 😊
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Entirely my pleasure Neha :)
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nehab16 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
😊♥
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017   Photographer
Thank you Lawrence!
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
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BWilliamWest Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Enjoyed both the writing and the shared favorites. Thank you, Lawrence...:)
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure William and thank you :)
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BWilliamWest Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup:...:)
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darkhorse11 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful feature indeed. I'm honored to have been included. Thank you for brightening my day! :nod:
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It's my pleasure Hannah :)
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Omoidenoki Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017
Wow very beautiful pieces ! found a lot new +favand I'm honored to be featured twice :hug: thank you so much Lawrence, it's always a pleasure to share with you and discover your art and amazing places you shared :hug: thank you for that too ! and never forget to ask for cuddles :cuddle: remake ;)
Have a nice day Cashemere Clap 
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It's my very great pleasure Laetitia :tighthug:
Im glad you enjoyed it :)
Im always up for a cuddle :huggle:
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5 seconds hug 
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kindly for including my work in your feature. Most do not know the origins of Halloween, so as a person who minored in world history, I applaud your history lesson. Bravo, LJ!
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My pleasure Sheri :) I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
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Hug 
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017   General Artist

Wow! I’m so honoured to have had one of my humble pieces included in such exulted company as the many amazing artists above. Thank you so much. I’ve already added several to my favourites and intend going an looking into their galleries later on too.

Also what a wonderful and insightful journal on Halloween and its origins, and a lovely collection of happy remembrances of Halloween as a child. :)

Just as an addendum to your own wonderful article, and to AlicesPlace wonderful comments on Samhain, during Samhain the Celts believed that the veil between this world and the Otherworld was at its thinnest which is why they used to dress up in scary costumes to confuse and frighten away any bad spirits who happened to come through the veil on that night, which is where the origin of the modern day tradition of dressing up comes from. :)

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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure Snazzie :) 
And thank for your insights too
Its great to share knowledge and learn 
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Yay! :iconcheerplz: I fully agree. :)
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017
Thanks for sharing your memories and those great pieces of art! And thanks for including one of mine!
Happy Halloween! :iconhappypumpkinplz:
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You are very welcome Ingelore. :)
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PokeTitan Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Great journal, Happy Halloween to everyone Halloween fella (Badges) 
 
It was interesting to read about the UK celebrations :D
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Thank you very much:)
Im glad you enjoyed it :)
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You're welcome :rose:
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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely journal. Thank you for the feature. :heart:
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My pleasure Candi :hug:
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Thank you very much! :iconskybluebudgieplz::iconpinkdancingflower::icondance-4u::iconpurpledancingflower::iconrainbowbudgieplz:
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