Under the Light of the Moon

Yesterday afternoon, a lovely friend of ours called to invite us to dinner.  It was not your usual sit down at the dining room table kind of dinner, but rather one that required us to bundle up in our snowsuits, hats & mittens to dine under the Full Sap Moon, also known as the Full Worm Moon.

What is a Sap Moon you might ask?

Here is the description according to the Old Farmer’s AlmanacAt the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.  I am not certain how the robins will ever find the earthworm casts beneath all the snow but I do know that maple syrup season is just around the corner!

Our ever so clever friend, knew that Sunday, March 16th was the most ideal evening to witness the rising of the Sap Moon, thus extending an invitation to a group of us to join her for dinner.

dinner-partyDressed in our multiple layers, we gathered our blankets & bags filled with food & libations & headed out to Richardson’s Lookout , to dine & catch a glimpse of this beautiful transformation.

We were in awe as we watched what started out as a just a sliver of orange cresting just above the horizon to the east, soon rising brilliantly into the sky within moments.

There is something magical about sharing a warm pot of chili with friends on a cold night under the light of a brilliant full moon.  Coupled with wine & homemade cookies, despite the fact that is was -11 or so, it was a beautiful evening spent together.

Thank you Anita, for including us in your wonderful, “kind of out there” dinner plans. It was the most unique dinner party I have attended in some time & one that I will not soon forget.




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11 Responses to Under the Light of the Moon

  1. Karen says:

    What a wonderful idea…

  2. Anita Miehe says:

    I am in awe of Mother Nature. Full Sap moons, the promise of the first spring flowers that might break through the frozen earth, the love song of the male cardinal. They are heralds of what is to come. More important are the friendships that we share. Connections, long lasting and sometimes far flung, an idea on a very cold, sunny winter morn. Calls made to friends, blankets gathered, chilli prepared, cookies baked for this most special eve. We gather, we laugh, we share. We all stood in front of that most beautiful full moon of March 16, 2014. Peace to this gathering of eleven.

    • Lynn says:

      So beautifully stated Anita! Mother Nature provides us with miraculous beauty in so many ways. We just need to slow down sometimes to breathe it in and witness her glory:) Thank you again for a wonderful evening my friend.

  3. sueslaght says:

    I have never heard of a Sap Moon perhaps because we don’t have maple trees on the prairies. As far as the earthworms I’m with you. I don’t expect one to be poking through the snow any time soon. 🙂

    • Lynn says:

      I had never heard of it either Sue. I did notice Saturday night that it was a full moon but had no understanding of its significance. On Sunday evening, when we watched it rise, it literally took 5 minutes from its sliver cresting above the horizon until it was shining brightly in the sky. It began as quite large & a brilliant orange turning to its regular white once on the sky. Had we not been invited to join in, we would have missed it. A beautiful thing to watch!

  4. Sandra Kelly says:

    What a lovely way to celebrate ‘almost’ spring. Sorry to have missed it.

  5. Lynn says:

    We missed you gf! It was a lovely evening:)

  6. joannesisco says:

    What a unique evening and a wonderful way to celebrate the imminent arrival of spring – at least I REALLY hope spring is imminent 🙂
    I’ve never heard of the Sap or Worm Moon but I do remember the moon on the weekend and it WAS fabulous. Hopefully you can make it an annual event …. with warmer temperatures!

    • Lynn says:

      It truly was Joanne, a wonderful & interesting dinner party under the stars & the moon. Tomorrow marks the 1st day of spring…let’s hope some warmer temperatures, combined with a little sunshine, is in the forecast!

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