Friday, April 21, 2017

Earth Day Tea


Come join me in the garden for 
an Earth Day Tea !



A little sage, 
A little thyme, 
and lavender leaves,
Put in your tea pot,
Boiling water over will hit the spot, 
let steep and drink , 
to relieve your Feet !!!! 



Now Follow Me through 
Plumfield House Gardens, 

White Trillium's

First an appetizer to go with our tea!

Fresh Chive Dip
Fresh Chives from your garden,(chop fine)
8 ounce sour cream,
4 ounce cream cheese,
 (the whipped works best)
Onion to taste, 
Sun Dried tomatoes,
Mushrooms chop fine
8 ounce package of cheddar cheese
4 to 6 ounce package of diced
pecans or walnuts
(I usually put all the herbs and veggie
together in processor to chop),
8 ounce package of cheddar cheese
Salt, Pepper, your favorite season
combination or package from the 
store, 
Mix all together, put in baking dish,
Sprinkle nuts on  top
Bake at 350* until bubbley
serve on crustinni,
pita or fochoccia bread !



Forget Me Not's



Bluebells


Red Trillium


Snowdrop's.
I found these in the yard this year,
I have lived her 44 year's and 
this is my first Snowdrop to appear !!


Bloodroot,



May Apple's




Wild Ginger,






Tiny Wild Bleeding Hearts, 

Happy Earth Day !!
Hope you enjoyed your visit,


Friday, April 14, 2017

Blooms of Snow



It won't be long now
We are getting some 70 degree days now!!




Grey skies, cold days and freezing nights,
This is the patch of wild Bleeding Hearts, at about 
85% in bloom, (day before the return of winter week)



Despite snow this last Sunday,
The 70 degrees let the Bloodroot bloom!



I did manage to get these blooms on the day before the 
whole next week went so cold!

My sweet Trillium's and May Apples are still struggling to bloom,
so if this next week  will be warm and sunny and they 
bloom I will snap their pictures and post them.

This is the hard part of Waiting on Spring, you get teased with sun and warm
and some blooms, then you take a step back and return to Winter!
Ugg...........
So I will be here waiting and waiting.....................
If you have the patients to wait with me...............
I will show you more another day, week?

Thanks for waiting with me!







Thursday, April 6, 2017

Pink Moon at Plumfield

April 11 2017

Full Pink Moon



Name given by Native American Tribes,
 because the color is that of 
the Moss Pink or the 
Wild Ground Phlox


Other names are:
Sprouting Grass Moon
Egg Moon 
Fish Moon


I have always have a full moon ceremony,
 I like to choose the Goddess I am honoring , 
set up my altar with the colors

I use a white goddess candle in the 
center and have a bowl with water
to set in the moon light for use 
as my sacred moon water, 
choose and oil, herbs, crystals or 
stones that coincide with 
the ceremony I am creating. 
Sometimes I will put corresponding 
colored candles at the 4 quarters,
Then I like to use a favorite 
verse or written ritual to say
 while using all the elements on my alter

The Moon Goddess

Lady of the Silver Moon,
Watch over me this night,
Guide me with words and actions,
and keep me within your sight,
I thank you for your love,
and protecting me from strife,
I honor you for bringing me,
charm and magick to my life,

So Mote it Be !



Monday, March 27, 2017

thinking of Earth Day!

Every day should be Earth Day!



Save your egg cartons and egg shells, 
Put the empty egg shells in the egg carton,
fill with dirt and plant your seeds, 
transplant the seedlings as 
they get taller, I will have to do this soon, 


Enter, (early summer)

Wild Bleeding Hearts

Wild Squill


The Bloodroot will blossom soon, 


Then the Trillium,

Nice Cold Rain today, 
Suppose to be warm 
Saturday and Sunday,
Could just make things
Pop !!! 

Until Then................







                                                                   

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Awaiting Ostara's Return





At Ostara around March 21, the light is equal to the darkness
This is the time of the Spring Equinox, and is a great time 
to celebrate the Rebirth of the Soil and the Land



Mint Chutney

  • 3 C. fresh mint leaves, off stems
  • 1/2 C. fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 C. fresh parsley
  • 1/2 C. green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 C. red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp. sea salt
  • A dash of lemon juice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 C olive oil
  • Water
Put all ingredients into food processor,
Add water gradually blending into a paste,
Serve over lamb or meat dishes or your favorite 
pasta and bread !

 

Ostara, Goddess of the Spring. Also called Ostare,
Goddess of the dawn. Ceremonies occurring at sunrise on hilltops,
celebrating growth and renewal of life,
Prayers were given to assure the abundance of crops.
Eggs were eaten and exchanged as Talismans in her honor.

Eggs were left on the graves as a testament tothe belief in reincarnation.
  
Ostara by many names:

Ostara, Lady Day, Alban Eiler, or the First Point of Aries,
names by which the Vernal Equinoz is known. 


May the Goddess Bless You this Ostara Season!




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Green for a Green Day!


Happy St Patty's Day!



Here are some "summer" pictures of what is 
yet to come, after this cold and damp winter of 2017,


Finally we receive our Ostara thaw!


A "heat wave" of 35,40, 
even up to 60 degrees here, 


Much of the snow is gone, 
making way for the final
rain or snow storms of March, 
Oh yes they will come, 
Can't put away the wall and
 window coverings just yet, 


Follow the Green Road, 


                                                                 

                                                    

Just a reminder of what I have to 
look forward to on
This Green Day!




Blessed Be!





Friday, March 10, 2017

March Sap Moon

March Moon know as Sap or Worm Moon
by Native American tribes,
the Sap is running and the 
earthworms are coming up to the 
top of the softening soil 
for the Robins to find !!


I Tapped my two Maple trees 
this year for the first time,
Tapped a little late, however did get the 40 gallons I need for 1 Quart of syrup,

Very exciting !!!


The Goddess for March,
She is called the Kore, or the 
Spring Maiden, Persephone, 
reunited with the Mother Goddess
of the Earth, and the renewal of life.

My Full Moon Ritual:

Ancient beings gather tonight under
the Sap Moon,
to bring about the Renewal of Life,
Goddess Persephone,
hear my plea,
Renew my life path, 
as you renew the Earth,
Warming, comforting, forgiving,

To begin again anew!!

As it is Above, so Below,
So Mote it Be!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Goddesses of the Vernal Equinox




Many Goddesses are thought of at the time of Ostara,

Saxon :  Eostre
          Germanic:  Ostara,  Spring
                            Ostare,  Dawn
Cannanite:  Astarte
           Greek:  Aphrodite


However you choose the source or how to celebrate,  the Vernal equinox is
the time to honor the Goddess and what she represents,
Fertility, Marriage and Re-birth of Man, Women, and our Mother Earth.


One of the most prominent symbols of the Vernal Equinox is the Egg.



Have you ever used natural fruit or vegetable dyes for your eggs?


Here are a few I have used over the years, especially when my four children were little,


Here are the ones that have worked best for me:


Yellow:   boil skins from yellow onions for about 2 minutes, let cool,
Green:  Spinach, boil the leaves for about 2 minutes, let cool,
Blue:  Red Cabbage, cooked, a can of Blueberries, strained of course, however,
if you leave some of the pulp I have noticed it works better,



I am experimenting with Avocado peals. The avocado is supposed
to give a mauve color. I will stew the peals, strain, cool,
and put in the hard boiled eggs,
I will let you know how this turns out next time,


Meanwhile, the sun is shinning this morning, definitely a Spring Sun!
Suppose to reach 40 degrees tomorrow!


So enjoy your weekend! Happy Egg Coloring!





  

Friday, February 24, 2017

Waiting for Ostara

When everything is Frozen 


The ice is piling up 



Its time to try to find some relief in sight! 



Make your favorite Soda Bread, 




  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup currants, raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2-1 tbs caraway seeds (OPTIONAL)
  • 2 cups buttermilk

  • mix dry then moist, kneed into a ball, 
  • wash with one beaten egg, bake, 350 for 35 minutes





  • Craft a wreath to warm your 
    hearth and heart, 


    Or make some Herbal sachets 
    for scenting the stale winter lair!
    Made from last seasons dried 
    herbs are always good 
    to keep the end of winter bugs away!
    Lavender, Wormwood, Cinnamon, 
    Cloves, each alone or all 
     together in a fabric pouch, 
    either glue the sides or 
    sew by hand or on a machine. 


    Start your seeds for your garden  future 
    In the promise that all 
    this cold will be in the past, 
    Reminding you to look ahead, 
    not to dread,

    Cold of winter, 
    Ice and snow,
    Seeds to sow, 
    Will make you Go! 

    Blessed Be!