Category: gardening

Feeding the Birds

   That’s the silver birch in my new back garden, and that’s a string of fat balls hanging off the stump of a recently pruned branch. You see, I moved recently, and it was incredibly stressful. I’m still in a mind-numbing dispute with my…

Meadowsweet

      My friend took me for a walk around New Galloway, and amongst the brambles and cow parsley we found beautiful meadowsweet, also known as mead wort or Queen of the Meadow. Although a useful herb, especially to a home brewer like myself,…

Notes from the Apothecary: Lavender

Himalayan Gardens near Grewelthorpe, North Yorkshire 

                                             

Summer

    Spiderlings        Elderflower 

Gardening day.

   Marigold seedling repotted.    Yarrow ready to go into the garden.    Asparagus peas: a new venture this year.    Fresh Black Peppermint. Smells divine.

Spring in Burntwood (2)

And snowdrops:

Moon Magic, Rachel Patterson

Pagan Portals – Moon Magic by Rachel Patterson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Pagan Portals is, as the name suggests, a series of books (by various authors) with the aim of introducing various aspects of Paganism. Moon Magic seems a staple in this…

Kitchen Witchcraft, so what’s that then?

Pagan Portals – Kitchen Witchcraft: Crafts of a Kitchen Witch by Rachel Patterson My rating: 5 of 5 stars The phrase ‘Kitchen Witchcraft’ conjures up brewing potions and hanging herbs, and while this of course can be the case, the experienced witch knows the…

Winter is coming…

Ok I couldn’t resist. Joking aside though, we are definitely (in the Northern hemisphere) moving into the colder and darker time of the year. For those of us in England, it’s been a bit of a shock as the season has been between 4…

Book review: Pagan Portals: Moon Magic by Rachel Patterson

“Moon Magic is an introduction to working with the phases of the Moon, what they are and how to live in harmony with the lunar year and to utilise all the magical powers it provides. It’s filled with the basics of the lunar cycle,…

Autumn Haul

Foraging on the way to the farm.