This lovely little Spirit is made from Sky Spice Vodka, Disarrono Amaretto, milk and then garnished with whip cream and ground Cardamom and Ginger.
I'm hoping to keep up the sipping slowly as my vacation ends tomorrow.
And what are you sipping?
It's a lovely perennial around here that will take over a garden if you let it. It makes creamy white flowers in summer and then bright red-orange fruits that are hidden within the lovely, lacy, papery orange husks.
The berry within is so beautiful and its nature mirrors - for me - the many lessons and stories of this darkening season. I nibble on these autumn fruits and find them delightful. Some folks don't care the tart autumn flavor, and I've heard that too many can cause tummy aches. I've never experienced this and - quite frankly - too many berries of any kind are likely to inspire tummy upset.
I gave thanks and offered honor as I harvested the last of the catmint for drying.
I have had a great evening puttering about in the kitchen. Tonight I set in front of Cauldron and Flame or Pot and stove >wink<
It was a night of infusions. Oil infused with St. John's Wort and a Honey Cordial infused with Damiana, Lavender and Rose “witch“ I have playfully named "For the LOVE of Honey". I thought it was appropriate with it containing 3 herbs that all have love or lust inspiring energies. I made the first batch of the Cordial a few weeks ago to bring with me to BTW. I must admit that both creations were inspired by Mz. Giai incarnate Rosemari. Rose taught me how to create the Oils and I recall her telling of a special brew she gifts to the lucky and newly Handfasted as a gift for the Honeymoon. Both of these creations are gifts. The Oil will be going to a friend of mine who I met at Between the World last year and he is having a bit of trouble. He moved to Ohio and is having trouble getting his license switch over or whatever. Along with job issues and a horrible ex. He is a Massage Therapist. A job he loves and I really feel that it was his calling. I dont find it at all surprising that he has had nothing but difficulty in the new jobs that he has taken in OH. They dont fit. He found what he needs to be doing in this life time and until he gets back to it I think the Lord and Lady will do whatever they need to to get him back there. I thought that this would make an excellent gift to help him through and remind him of what a powerful Witch, Massage Therapist and Reiki Practitioner he is. The second ( Cordial) is to be shared with another friend hopefully very soon. Well not to soon because it needs to rest a bit and time to allow its Magick to meld. But soon because it has been to long.
Until we meet again may the Old Ones light your crafty Path!!!!!
the two left are male and female and the female makes the most beautiful red berries. now i have twelve - more or less - cuttings, six from each tree. this week i have been allowing them to rest in the shade underneath the big pines beside the party-house. the cut edges are soaking in water and rooting hormone.
my plan today is to get the rooting mix... whatever it's called... as some sturdy pots. i hope to nurture them inside all winter, in a sunny southern spot that didn't exist a few months ago. (this has given my wish to have the renovations completed a new urgency.)
i have absolutely no idea what i'm doing, except that i would dearly love to have at least two trees to plant come spring. if possible, i would love to give any extras as gifts to people i know will cherish them, since i have learned it is best to be choosy about who one gives one's plants too, especially if you feel they should included among your children.
so if any of you glorious goddesses and gods of this green world have any understanding of the proper propagation methods of trees... please share?
The lovely Kate Gilday of Woodland Essence shared a bit of Tree Medicine and Essence with us. I always enjoy time with Kate, be it in song or in the woods. She inspired me to tap a maple in the spring, if for no other reason than to sip the raw sap.
A workshop with the very talented and motivational Leah and Chloe of Appalachian Rising got us moving and vocal in no time. By the end of this workshop some 50-60 woman danced together in the open field and sang harmonies to dazzle the gods.
I made time for the offerings of Mz. Imani, for she is an amazing woman, an inspired teacher and great motivator. Oh, and awesome drummer too. And singer of chants and playful spirit and toe-wiggler. Her Drum Circle was much more that “just” drumming and Helping the Heart of Humanity Heal offered the wonderful opportunity to take an active role in creating sacred space with other woman for the Saturday evening Wild Women’s Fire Circle. Time with Imani is time in blessing.
Sunday evolved as mostly free time for me, after helping clear the Fire space of drums, torches, candles and such. A hearty breakfast was followed by Spiritual Bathing with the amazing Rosita Arvigo, where we not only learned about a bit of history and herstory, and the how-tos, we actually all partook in spiritual bath together in the dazzling morning sunshine. Then, I wandered off to break camp and pack the vehicle with my stuff. Once done, I sat in quiet gratitude in that space our tents had occupied and this led me to follow spirit to the lake where I floated and swam until they “closed” it. Then lunch and closing circle.
There’s more and I could go on, but this is more than enough for this venue.
For any woman, I recommend this conference. It is nourishing, regenerative, restorative . . . you get the idea and it truly has something for everyone.