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}

some lovelies in the garden taken over the last month or so. {part one}

And the Winner of the Portable Apothecary Giveaway is…

…Witchycrafts!

Thanks to all who entered! I hope to have another giveaway in the near future. :)

Giveaway Now Closed

The Portable Apothecary Giveaway is now closed and I will be announcing the winner shortly. Thanks to all who entered!