Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Blessings to all this Summer Solstice

It is the longest day and shortest night of the year. From the moment of Summer Solstice, the Sun immediately begins to wane. The journey into the harvest season has begun.At this time the God, as Oak King, is rich in abundance, but he too surrenders his reign to his brother twin, the Holly King, and the descent begins. But before we welcome the return to the Dark side of the year, and acknowledge this great turning point of the Wheel, we celebrate!

Midsummer is the time of sweet strawberries, blueberries, cherries, blackberries and more. New potatoes, lettuce, peas, carrots, radishes and onions are ready for picking. Tarragon, chamomile, sweet woodruff, St. John's wort, hyssop, lovage, mint and other herbs are fresh and delightfully robust. Bee balm, phylox, oxeye daisies, roses, lily of the valley, calendulas, St John's wort, marigolds and others are in bloom, it is a time of olfactory abundance. Foods and decorations center around what nature has bestowed, rich, colorful and flavorful - mint iced teas, dandelion salads, strawberry shortcakes, geranium leaf sorbet, berry pies, daisy chains, lavender wreaths, rosemary garlands. The pure enjoyment that only summer fresh foods, sweet summer flowers and joyful company that only midsummer can bestow.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Never to many baking books

Last week i brought Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstalls "River Cottage Handbook No8: Cakes" and it arrived today! just flicking through the pages has me wanting to bake now!, one of the recipies i want to try first is the golden syrup cake!, what with the weather being pretty autumn like my body is feeling the need for comfort food and coseyness


Sunday, 12 June 2011

Sunday Sunday

Sunday's are the best, total relaxation after a hard working week.

Here on the Island the annual festival is in full swing but today its wet and yuck and not weather I'd wish to my wing wet in if you ask me. Rainy days are days spent snuggled under a warm blanket reading or watching movies whist eating oodles of yummy comfort foods.

at the moment my house smells of roasting potatoes and Yorkshire puds, i always say thanks to Yorkshire for creating these fluffy yummy savoury delights.

 Then to make everything that much more cosy, i have a rice pudding ready and waiting.

Happy Sunday

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Its June. My goodness how the time has flown!!!

Well hello June, thank you for bringing back the sunshine!

Its been a while since I've updated my blog, but to be honest I've not had much to report on. May was lovely and relaxed, no running or dashing around = Bliss. June sets out to be much the same.... well for me anyway!

Down at FAE HQ Karen is busy with the final preparations for 3 Wishes!,  this years festival looks set to be a big success with more and more people taking part musically, artistically, with fashion or other entertainment, the Fae community is getting bigger! Just looking on the highlights page theres no shortage of talent!.... amongst the planning of the the bands, workshops and set up of the magical zones like Dumnonia Village and the Faery Kingdom, Karen has put together a Mermaid and Pirates Ball! the ball will be held on the Saturday evening! so much magic in once place! 

www.faeryevents.com  is full of information on tickets, workshops, bands and traders and soooo much more. 

I can't wait to see the photos!!!, i hope the weather sprits are kind and allow the sun to shine down on this most happy and magical time!