Beltaine, The Rites of Spring

The celebration of Beltaine is the symbolic union of the male and female principles of creation.  The God and Goddess are united in sacred marriage; the consummation of  their relationship symbolically fertilises the crops and animals for the coming year.  It is a celebration of the continued renewal of life. Symbols of rebirth, renewal and […]

The Coffee Cake Caper

Lockdown Day Number Whatever:I decided to try and revise a regular coffee cake recipe to be gluten-free. It was easy to do. (Although I don’t advise eating this on a regular basis as it has a ridiculous amount of sugar and butter. But as an occasional treat, go for it!) As I took the cake […]

Room with a View #2

It’s all in how you look at things. “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer – self help author and motivational speaker

Limerick #5

There was an old man from Kent A rather mysterious gent The legend was told He turned lead into gold And gave alms wherever he went. Merlin wasn’t from Kent but I thought this illustration went well with the limerick 🙂 The Wizard Merlin Print is available in two sizes here: magickmermaid.com

Year of the Rat

25 January 2020-11 February 2021 marks the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. People born under this sign are said to be clever, industrious, diligent, successful and enjoy living peacefully. Needless to say, Porthos is celebrating!

An Exciting Honour

In October I was contacted by Below The Radar TV ,the award-winning current affairs/documentary/film programme from Northern Ireland on the BBC.  Their I Lár an Aonaigh Series presents a wide range of topics in the Irish language (with English subtitles). In Series 8-Episode 3, one of the segments is about Irish folk cures. They asked […]

Wishing Everyone a Joyful Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice, Yule, Mid-Winter or Alban Arthan is the celebration of the rebirth of the sun after the longest night of the year.  It is one of the eight solar festivals comprising the Wheel of the Year.  Nourished in the womb of the Goddess during the dark time of the year, the sun symbolises the […]

A Yule Log

I was washing the lunch dishes when I heard singing coming from the back garden. I looked out the window and saw six gnomes valiantly rolling a log towards the back door. Sometime later, Henri finally brought it inside. “Madame, nous vous présentons le Yule Log!” “It’s perfect for our Winter Solstice celebration! Thank you […]