Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Merry Beltane Fires

May Pole 

The Festival of May Eve, also known as
Beltane, or Walpurgis Night.

Tuatha De DAnaan arrive to Scotland,
known as the Sidhe or Faerie Folk,
Faeries dance to the music of 
Faerie pipes all through the night.
Carry a Primrose and peek at the
 Faeries over its petals.
If you don't want the mischievous 
Faeries in your house,
scatter Primroses in front of your door.

Although not widely known in the US, this May-Eve night shares many of the traditions of Halloween and is, in fact, directly opposite Halloween on the calendar.
According to the ancient legends, this night was the last chance for witches and their nefarious cohorts to stir up trouble before Spring reawakened the land. They were said to congregate on Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains - a tradition that comes from Goethe's Faust. In the story, the demon Mephistopheles brings Faust to Brocken to consort with the coven of witches:

Like Halloween, Walpurgis has its roots in ancient pagan customs, superstitions and festivals. 
At this time of year, the Vikings 
participated in a ritual that they hoped 
would hasten the arrival of Spring weather and ensure fertility for their crops and livestock. 
They would light huge bonfires in hopes of scaring away evil spirits.

Green and White variegated Trillium, 
But the name "Walpurgis" comes 
from a very different source.
In the 8th Century, a woman named 
Valborg (other iterations of the name include 
Walpurgis, Wealdburg and Valderburger) 
founded the Catholic 
convent of Heidenheim in Wurtemburg, Germany. 

She herself later became a nun and was known for speaking out against witchcraft and sorcery. She was canonized a saint on May 1, 779. Since the celebration of her sainthood and the old Viking festival occurred around the same time, over the years the festivals and traditions intermingled until the hybrid pagan-Catholic celebration became known as Valborgsmässoafton or Walpurgisnacht - Walpurgis Night.

May your fires burn warm for the coming 
 Beltane Day Celebration!

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 
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


Red Trillium

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


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!
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 !