Yule and the Turning of the Wheel

Origins of Yule The great Festival of Yule, beginning at the time of the Winter Solstice and lasting for a full twelve days, summed up the cycle of the Celtic year. The word Yule, according to the Venerable Bede, came from the Norse word Iul meaning ‘wheel’ and suggested that this was the time when […]

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Why I No Longer Celebrate Christmas!

Christmas fever is widespread as the orgy of spending takes hold. Ordinarily sane people are in-debting themselves to a year ahead of pay-back as they tread wearily around shops filled with Chinese imports! Some years ago I made a decision to opt out of mainstream. I had come to the conclusion that much of what […]

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The USA, Iran and Nowruz

Today is the Ides of March. We are halfway through this month of Spring and the Winter now seems far behind us. There is still much to be done in the garden in preparation for the growing season. Seeds to be sown, plants to be divided and trees to be pruned. The list is as long […]

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