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"She seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if she had surprised a butterfly in the Winter woods"
(edith wharton)


Thursday, 1 May 2008

the magick of May

It is also said in these parts (in central Cornwall nears the great moors) that one can improve the complexion by washing the face with the early dew from the fields gathered May first and that a child weak in the back may be cured by drawing him over grass wet with morning dew on each of the mornings of May first, second, and third.
(Robert Hunt, Popular Romances of the West of England)

ahh May came in cold.... with Sahmain coming up for me soon, this is perfect weather! and even more perfect for Samhain is that I am being drawn strongly to runes. I am on the hunt to buy myself a 'set'...

I have been harvesting lavender the past few days... and created a little magick in my bathroom by hanging a bunch from the tap over the bath... the perfume is divine as the steam rises through the branches...


I want to harvest more this weekend and hang it in my kitchen window... lavender is one of my favourite herbs... but come to think of it.. there is not a herb that i don't love!

Lavender: To make a nice vinegar based cleansing lotion to sweeten up bathwater and use as a hair rinse after shampooing, soak 1/2 cup of freshly cut flowers in 1 quart of cider vinegar. For an even more potent mixture, place the receptacle near a sunlit window for 1 to 2 weeks. (source unknown)

the leaves on my persimmon have nearly all fallen... and now the fruit comes into its own. The vivid orange against the bare branches and the ravens that are visiting the tree at the moment, creates a picture that takes my breath away... I keep seeing it in my minds eye and I know I must go and sketch sometime today.

the luculia has lots of buds and some are just opening now, once they are all open, my whole front yard is a perfumed heaven. I cannot describe the perfume of luculia... there are no words for it.

things come into my life in odd ways sometimes, I was searching for some herbal lore and came across Susun Weed's website... and 'discovered' a Green Witch correspondence course... so I am thinking of doing this.. I can't find one here that suits and correspondence will suit me quite well... I am really a solitary anyway.

My Vietnam holiday is almost here... we fly out on May 8th for a week to Ho Chi Minh City... .. we are going on the Mekong River to the markets.. that is somethign that I am definately looking forward to !!

and I guess you all want to see my boy.... he is 5 weeks old now!!


isn't he gorgeous?

I have decided to stop posting on my goddess & green blogs and just post everything here... it is like calling back in my soul fragments... I felt so scattered having bits all over the place....

20 comments:

Autumn said...

Your grandson is soooo beautiful. I can't believe how fast the time has flown. I can't believe he is five weeks already. The trip you have planned sounds wonderful Please take lots of photos to share with us. Also Here as you know is Beltane, but for you it is Samhain, so I wish you a blessed one.

winterwood said...

baby is gorgeous!!! I checked in here earlier today and youmust have posted a bit after that. Good to see that your ok and looking forward to your hols...oohh... what fun and adventure in a new city..markets....*drooling* I wonder what treasures youll find there?? hugs k.

amelia said...

What a stunningly beautiful child!!! He is so handsome, even at his tender age.

The luculia flower looks a tiny bit like a lilac flower. I'd love to be able to smell it...

Sacred Suzie said...

So many wonderful things to comment on! My goodness he's growing quickly! I love the lavender bath, beautiful. Those persimmons are stunning. Your world is so full of magick Robyn, I love it.

Leanne said...

Sending you sanhain blessings Robyn, as I celebrate Beltane here.

Leanne x

Ninnie said...

Love all the info on the herbs. My first of May is going to be fairly warm a high of 84(F). I have been working in my yard/garden and am loving it. I can't wait every morning to get up and go out and check things out. Love the prince. He is soooooo cute. I bet you cover him with kisses whenever you see him. Love Hugs and Blessings.

Island Girl Spirit said...

Your grandson is beautiful! And thanks for the lavender tip. I love lavender.
I have some hand made runes . . .circles of birch, with the bark still on, and the rune carved into them . . . I absolutely love birch trees! I haven't used them for a while . . . I'll have to go dig them out!

Ruth said...

What a wise little soul he looks!

Gemma said...

So glad you posted a picture of Harry. He is precious Robyn!!!!
Give him a big snuggle and a snort from me.
xx
Your bath is so nice.
Simple and pure.
Sending you love for a beautiful holiday in Viet Nam
Wow that sounds awesome!

Kathryn Knoll said...

Hi Robyn, I've been away myself, it feels like. Many things to tend to at the moment, but I had to stop by one of my favorite blogs to check up on you. The dreaming bowl demand has exploded these days so, just making sure they get where they are going has been a trick. I've set one aside for your purposes....I send many blessings and look forward to finding out what fall and winter are like for you. Hugs, SR. K

kim said...

Beltane for us. He is such a cutie!!!
Blessed Samhain!

Pixiedust said...

Samhain Blessings to you, as we celebrate Beltane. Your grandson is gorgeous. I can almost smell that lavender. Take Care. xxx

judie said...

Robyn, that persimmon photo is outstandingly beautiful, as is the one below with leaves on the ground. Such color! Hope you enjoy your Vietnam trip. Did you know Mekong means "Mother River?" xoxoxoxoxo

solsticedreamer said...

how wonderful!
miss*r you are really back and giving off some really good vibes :)

peppylady said...

I like Persimmon but the time there here is during the holidays. It way to cold here to grow our growing season is 60 to 90 days.

I never heard of luculia before but I briefly looked it up and it looks like it would survive the winter here unless there was some way of protecting it from “old man winter”.
But it is sure a pretty plant.

Your grandson is very handsome and I sure hope you have a safe trip.

Julie said...

Your grandson has really grown since your last pictures of him. C-U-T-E spells handsome!!

I have never tasted a persimmon. They do grow in the Southern US states.

May came in cold here too, but it's supposed to be SPRING where I am.

It is hard for me to think of Vietnam as being a holiday destination, especially since my husband fought in a nasty war there.

Sheila said...

Nice to see you back.
Harry is gorgeous, you must be so proud of him.
Glad you are doing well, I have been thinking of you, it was good to hear from you..
xx

AwtemNymf said...

Oh my goodness.... he IS growing fast! Such a beautiful baby!
Hugs!
Be Enchanted...
AwtemNymf

Moonroot said...

Orange fruit against bare branches and ravens...
So poetic, and sounds like the perfect Samhain image to me.

P.S. Harry is gorgeous!

Caroline said...

If only I'd known to use the Cornish May dew on my face!

Have you found yourself some runes yet?