Sunday, 7 February 2016

It's Only Magic


but dear,
don't be afraid of love,
it's only magic. 
~r.m drake 

Love is the strongest form of magic! You don't need a lover to LOVE. 
   Start with yourself. 
Then love EVERYONE a little harder .  

The ingredients to the 'love charms' in this post are all listed below. 

All the flowers and foliage in this post are British, seasonal and foraged locally by me. 

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Make an order from my Etsy shop before Valentines day and recieve a little herby nosegay wrapped in velvet ribbon as a token of love and appreciation from me to you. 

Click on the link at the bottom of this page to visit my Etsy shop. 

There is FREE UK SHIPPING on all orders. 
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I V Y ~ 

Often with heart shaped leaves, Ivy is a symbol of binding. It can not live with out something to cling on to and to grow with. Always growing through adversity. 

Ivy binds us together. 

B A Y  L A U R E L  ~

Traditionally lovers would place a bay laurel leaf under each others pillows on valentines day and that night dream of love. 
If they dreamt of each other it was said that they would be married within the year. 
Bay is a very powerful manifesting tool. 

R O S E M A R Y  ~ 

Symbolising a constancy in love. 
Traditonally presented at weddings by bridesmaids to the groom bound with ribbon as a token of true love and loyalty. 

L A V E N D E R ~ 

Given by many a lover to impress and attact with lavender's beautiful colour and aroma. 

Charles II would take sachets of dried lavender tied up wth ribbon to his secret meetings with his mistress Nell Gwyn. 

T H E  H E L L E B O R E ~ 

Helebore's don't actually have any association with love, but in the language of flowers they mean to 'Relieve my anxiety', I thought that was a fitting one for anyone who dreads valentines day because of what it symbolises. 
Think like the Hellebore, standing tall with beauty and grace through the toughest of winters, bringing hope of Spring and better times ahead. 

Warning: Hellebores are very poisonous! Make sure you wash your hands throughly and do not combine with herbs that you intend to keep and use afterwards! 

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Wimborne Minster and Living Soulfully.


Wimborne Minster, where the town cryer is also the resident reggae dj, pumpkin festivals are taken deadly serious and where morris dancers have their annual meet up at our local pub, aptly named 'The Green Man'. 

It's like living in a real life Stars Hollow!

Wimborne is a town where old traditions sit side by side with entrepreneurial independant businesses and sustainability and creativity is key. 

When Pixie asked me what I love about where I live, I didn't have to look very far for my answer. 
Walking past a Romany Gypsy family selling wreaths outside their wagon, surrounded by families embracing their return every year!

Community spirit is what makes this town so very special, whether that be in the form of the Maypole going up without fail every May day, the annual literay fetsival, or all of the volunteers who give up their time to make sure our beautiful Art Deco theatre stays open every single night!

Wimborne is a perfect example of what #livingsoulfully stands for. 

Visit the Pixie website or dowload their app to explore towns and independant businesses with soul. 

Don't forget to share with the hash tag #livingsoulfully.

Alice Lodge is the cottage of my dreams situated at the gates of Gaunts House. 



Monday, 21 December 2015

The Turning Of The Wheel




 Yule  = Wheel 

The Winter solstice is traditionally time for 'the turning of the wheel'
The wheel of cycles and the wheel of life. 

This year Dec 21st will be our darkest day and the longest night, with it the 22nd marks the returning of the sun, there will now be an increase in the amount of daylight we have, sparking off the return of the growing seasons.

It is the perfect time to embrace the darkness and go inwards to find the parts of us we need to let go and the parts of us we need to nurture and grow. 

All of the ingredients in this post represent just that, I hope it will inspire you to go out and forage for some of your own yule time magic. 

  • Holly:  A Protector plant- reminding us to look inwards at this time and reflect
  •    Ivy: Representing growing through adveristy and Binding us together 
  • Pine: Representing strength, fire and longevity
  • Yew: Representing transformation and rebirth
  • Mistletoe: The sacred plant of the druids- healer, protector, representing fertility and the giving of life... Also great for kissing!

Our Christmas tree is always toadstool and reindeer themed so I was delighted to find this article (thanks to Karen) all about 'Mother Christmas' and what the Reindeer and Amanita Mascaria symbolise at this time of year

Sorry Rudolf! 


The wreath you see in this post was made at a Sensory Solutions wreath making workshop held at Deans Court. Go and have a read about what they do, they are very special ladies changing the face of how we medicate and heal ourselves. 
 
I spent the day with some gorgeous like minded ladies, really getting to know the plants, learning all about their medicinal and healing properties, drinking homemade Chai tea, singing carols and listening to gorgeous Fi's endless wisdom. It was very special day and I came away feeling so inspired. 


Winter Solstice blessings and a very Happy Christmas to you all. 
xx





Wednesday, 16 December 2015

4.6 Million Shells

"Twyman & Beeching's research suggests that the dome of the Grotto marks out the growing season (March to october) from start to finish, with the top of the shaft acting " like a pinhole camera, projecting a ball of sunlight onto it's north wall", the ball varying in size according to the point in the season. At the Spring equinox, it sits at the top of the vertical stripe per week becoming larger and reaching its maximum size and depth at the summer solstice. Afterwards, it climbs back at the same rate, diminishing in size, until it shines at the top again at the autumn equinox."
-The Enigma Of The Margate Shell Grotto
Patricia Jane Marsh


"As D. Mitchell has observed, the Shell Grotto could well be seen to represent the journey of the human soul down the birth canal into life and fertility, then on into death and rebirth among the stars (in the end chamber). 
There are also two panels in the Grotto which can be interpreted as representing the tree of life, a common symbol for all ancient cultures, as well as one with a date palm sacred to astarte, the principal Phoenician goddess." 

-The Enigma Of The Margate Shell Grotto
Patricia Jane Marsh


Built underground, found by the Victorians, 4.6 Million Shells, a resident 'glamorous ghost' and no records of when it was built, and who built it!
 Margate's magical mystery. 

My favourite theory (one of many) is that it was built as an underground Pheonician temple from the fourth and fifth millennia BCE! Seeing is believing, i'll leave it to you to visit and make your own minds up.  

A very special and beautiful enigma and an amazing Birthday surprise, thank you Craig!






















Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Everlasting





Granny's Hydrangeas and river side forage. 
Everlasting and completely compostable... No glue gun or metal wire in sight!

If the traditional wreath style is more to your liking them join myself and Ellie, the Deans Court gardener, on Thursday 10th December for a lovely day of foraging, tutoring and Christmas festivities in the Deans Court grounds. 
Hope to see some of you there! 



Thursday, 5 November 2015

Set Our Hearts Ablaze

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, 
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. 
-Anais Nin

The power of Three.

All photos taken at Stour Head








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