Magical Wild Herbs and Other Things

Hawthorn is one of the sacred Ogham trees of Ireland. It goes by the name Huath in Irish,  being the tree that symbolises Bealtaine, the merry month of May! This is also a wonderful, magical herb of abundant medicine. Hawthorn, or whitethorn, is easily identifiable during this time as her creamy blossoms brighten hedgerows, stone walls, fields and sacred sites. Hawthorn is also known as the fairy tree for it is believed, especially a solo tree in a field, that it is a place that fairies would stop to rest (or party!) as they traversed across the land. There was…

The Magic of Autumn, A Permaculture Floor and Free Rose Arch

Pumpkins take pride of place on my dresser back in 2010. There is a brilliant Pumpkin season underway here in the west of Ireland, with some of the biggest and best being grown outdoors, despite the lack of sun this summer. There was an almost full moon in the southern sky last night and the sky was clear and blue this morning. However, rain and storms are forecast! The moon last night was strong enough to light up the back of the cottage. It waxed and shone brightly. I am busy harvesting onions, garlic, herbs, potatoes, chard and loads of…