Originally posted to ‘BackWash: Where the Wild Things Are’ newsletter, June, 28, 2003.
Some Pagans believe in brownies, fairies, and assorted little people. I’d like to. But, the practical side of me just can’t quite let me. How cute it would be to see little elven creatures frolicky around in your garden if you woke up early enough some fresh morning.
But, what would those creatures do the other 23 hours of the day? Could you imagine turning over a wheelbarrow to find several fairies sheltering under it from the heat? Then, that really practical side of me gets into the mess angle. Where do fairies sleep, pee or bury their deceased? Every living thing makes waste. Some more than others, look at all the pollution people make compared to animals in general.
So, though fairies would be sweet, magical and all that, I just can’t accept them as more than a pretty fantasy. I like them for desktop wallpaper on the computer.
What do you believe? Don’t let me knock your convictions if you feel otherwise. I’d like to hear from someone who believes and has answers for my practical questions.
By Gay Klok
ELIZABETH VON ARNIM
You may have heard of the first two but not have heard of the last two ladies. During the next weeks we will learn how these five women had an enormous influence on our modern-day gardens and I hope to open to you, with discussions and suggested readings, their fascinating gardening world and interesting lives.
These women had many things in common, though they lived and gardened in different geographical areas. They were all passionate about gardening, they lived mostly in the same period of time and they designed and planted other people’s gardens, creating a soft and romantic style. Perhaps we could say they planted with a strongly feminine style.
When we examine their personalities, we might remark they presented a masculine presence – the way they dressed, the physical garden labour they undertook and their strong belief in equality of the sexes. Although there are these shared characteristics, we will discover they all led quite different private lives! Continue reading Famous Women Gardeners
Originally posted to ‘BackWash: Where the Wild Things Are’ newsletter, April, 19, 2004.
I have this twisted compulsion to take on more stuff than I can actually do. It’s a form of madness.
Anyway, now I am starting a new Wicca/ Witch site for a network called AIA (All Info About). Why? Because it’s there. Also, because I thought of an idea and then I had to put life into it. In other words, do it.
So, this is going to be a Witchy site for people who are Witches. Not looking for converts, going out of my way to explain or defend Witches or Wiccans. I wanted to call it “The Living Witch” but that didn’t work out with the format they use. So, I will use that somewhere else. I plan to set up a blog as part of the site. Something I can add bits of stuff to as I go along. My idea of a Book of Shadows.
The rest of the site is going to include sections like: a regional directory of Witch groups, traditions, art, career, romance and relationships, home and garden, environment, health and beauty, spiritual, holidays, and hobbies. I’m sure this will change as I actually get started and change my mind about what will work. But you get the idea, I hope.
So many sites about Wicca leave out the reality, the living of it all. How many times do you really need or want to see the same information about sabbats and rituals? Let’s see how it works together in real life.
If anyone has ideas or articles to contribute let me know. It would be nice to hear from you anyway. Later, when the site is up I will send the URL out with this newsletter. Likely this will integrate into the site too.
I’d never heard the term “car boot sale” before. I knew the boot was the trunk of the car, in the UK.
Car boot/trunk sales or boot/trunk fairs are a mainly British form of market in which private individuals come together to sell household and garden goods.
We have farmer’s markets here. Similar but not quite the same. This would be like having your garage sale at the farmer’s market.
From Kate Spade, crystal corsage necklace and ring. There are other necklaces, rings and earrings which have a simpler pattern with single flowers. I liked these cause I think of a corsage as being a collection of flowers, a bouquet. So nice to have a bouquet that you can keep without having to water it or ever watch it fade or become compost for the garden.
It’s too warm here today. Icky. I like the garden stuff in Summer but I don’t like the weather. Spring is much nicer, mild and sometimes rainy. I like that. Even Winter is easier to take than Summer. Sure the occasional storms can get pretty bad but still, I’m only freezing, not melting.