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.

Sláinte!

Laurel

Some of the pretties from this afternoon’s herb harvest in the garden.

Lá Lúnasa Shona Daoibh!

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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!
 
Laurel
I have been making herbal oils, one or two at a time throughout the summer. Yesterday I was finally able to make a larger batch: comfrey, yarrow, lady’s mantle, meadowsweet, lemon balm and peppermint.

A Lovely Garden at the Edge of the Forest, more photos and videos of this enchanting place over at the Unfettered Wood blog.

Meadowsweet, a blessing in any garden! <3 It is so pretty, it smells beautiful, the bees love it and it is helpful in relieving pain and inflammation.

Meadowsweet, a blessing in any garden! <3 It is so pretty, it smells beautiful, the bees love it and it is helpful in relieving pain and inflammation.

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}

The newest addition to our garden: an insect hotel! A post about how it was made and some more info about insect hotels over at the UW blog here.


And now I wander in the woodsWhen summer gluts the golden bees,Or in autumnal solitudesArise the leopard-coloured trees;Or when along the wintry strandsThe 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 earI 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.





~From The Madness of King Goll  by William Butler Yeats
{I have been in the mood for Yeats lately, more so than usual}

some lovelies in the garden from the last month or so. {part two}