Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Wedding Feast for the Deceased

Nowadays it seems like more and more folks are getting into honouring their own Ancestors, which is great. This doesn't have to be allocated to just Samhain and similar holidays, but can be done on wedding anniversaries, birthdays, days of passing, or other days of note.

The 12th of August marks my Grandparent's wedding anniversary; if they were alive today they would have been married for 71 years. They spent a life time together and being so devoted to one another, they both passed away due to unrelated health conditions within days of each other, just about a month shy of their 67th wedding anniversary.
I gathered flowers from our garden and made a simple feast for my family to share. What I made was simple "farm-fare" that probably would have been similar to what my Great-Grandmother would have made for her daughter's wedding, being a farm wife herself. Potato salad with fresh veggies from the garden and our local market, peach crisp, along with ginger beer and ginger peach herbal tea to wash it down.

Even if Ancestor reverence was not such a big part of my spiritual path, I think that I would still observe their anniversary every year, celebrating the examples they lived by and the legacy they left behind.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lá Lúnasa Shona Daoibh!

{royalty free photo}
May you all be reaping blessings during this bountiful time of the year! For some ideas on how to celebrate Lughnasadh, you can check out one of my previous posts here. Goal Naofa recently released a beautiful and informative video on this time of year:

Lá Lúnasa Shona Daoibh/Happy Lughnasadh everyone!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Lovely Garden at the Edge of the Forest

If I could put my woods in song
And tell what's there enjoyed,
All men would to my gardens throng,
And leave the cities void.

~My Garden by Ralph Waldo Emerson

A few weeks ago I went to go visit family in the Hailburton area, and between spending time with my beautiful Mother and Aunties, thrift store shopping sprees and other touristy things, I managed to get in some quality exploring of my Aunt's enchanted garden.

Her garden is hugged by unspoiled woodland and teeming with wildlife. It really is a magical place! :D






Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Herding Croon

The cattle are to-day going a-flitting,
        Hill-i-ruin is o h-ug o,
        Ho ro la ill o,
        Hill-i-ruin is o h-ug o,
Going to eat the grass of the burial-place,
        Hill-i-ruin is o h-ug o,
Their own herdsman there to tend them,
        Ho ro la ill o,
        Hill-i-ruin is o h-ug o,
Tending them, fending them, turning them,
        Hill-i-ruin is o h-ug o,
Be the gentle Bride milking them,
        Hill-i-ruin is o h-ug o,
Be the protective Cailleach keeping them,
        Hill i-ruin is o h-ug o,
And The Three at the end of their journey,
     The Three at the end of their journey.
        Hill-i-ruin is o h-ug o.
~ From Carmina Gadelica Vol. 1 {slightly altered}

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A "Critter Hotel"

Over the last few days I have been working on converting a part of our garden that is dedicated to pollinators, which involved moving some plants that they don't like {such as feverfew} and adding more that they really like. 

To this bed I added some more bee watering stations and some toad houses {a post about those to come!}, but the main feature added is a mini habitat sometimes called a "critter/insect hotel". Ours is a little bit different from some others one might find, being that the structure is an old bundle buggy, although it is pretty much the same idea.

I buried the buggy about 8 inched in to the ground and added some half-composted sod to the bottom on the inside. On top of that I started layering things such as sticks and garden pots to give some sturdiness. Inside all sorts of pretties are stuffed in there to create various living conditions in the hopes of attracting more wildlife friends.

On the top I added some compost and moss, planted some lobelia and placed a piece of an old log with some holes in it for solitary bees.

To find out more about insect hotels and to get ideas on how to create you own, watch this great video. 




Thursday, June 19, 2014

I Have Been in the Mood for Yeats Lately...

...or more so than usual.

And now I wander in the woods
When summer gluts the golden bees,
Or in autumnal solitudes
Arise the leopard-coloured trees;
Or when along the wintry strands
The cormorants shiver on their rocks;
I wander on, and wave my hands,
And sing, and shake my heavy locks.
The grey wolf knows me; by one ear
I lead along the woodland deer;
The hares run by me growing bold.
They will not hush, the leaves a-flutter round me, the beech leaves old.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Garden Lovelies

Things have been so busy around here with renos happening to our home, including water-proofing our foundation and fixing our drainage, which resulted two of our garden beds needing to be dug up. Now that part of the renos have been finished I have been scrambling to get our gardens caught up.
Here are a few photos that have been taken over the last month or so.

fiddleheads! {sensitive fern}

more baby sensitive ferns




wild ginger
lady's mantle


woodland poppy

sweet woodruff



turkey tail {?}


ostrich fern

bleeding hearts

hen and chicks

more johnnys
More to come!