This Week


Things of interest that have grabbed my attention. Things to inspire, fascinate, educate and generally get you buzzing.

  • Mind blowing plant intelligence.
  • Time to get your Tussie Mussie on, it's Bealtaine tomorrow.
  • If you like crafting, foraging and making things, these botanical prints may be a lovely way to spend a bank holiday afternoon.
  • Organic farming and feeding communities -
  • The Leaf & Root CSA will be commencing again soon - This excites me, I'm already scheming CSA cocktails and kitchen creations. If you value food and wish to support a couple who are attempting to feed communities and make a living from a small patch of land, now is the time to get in touch with them.
  • There has been a lot of talk of late about Carbon Farming, but what exactly is it?
  • Another reason why projects like Leaf & Root and an awareness of where your food comes from is important. 
  • Why does this continue every time there is a hint of fine weather in Ireland?
  • A cooperative herbal board game - Wildcraft. 
  • St. Brigits Garden, here in Galway, offers so many fun and interesting workshops and courses, I particularly like the look of this one, during the long summer school holidays. 
  • As well as tomorrow being Bealtaine, it is also International Dawn Chorus Day!  
  • I have a busy month of May ahead with the Ballymaloe Litfest of Food and Wine and the Sheridans Food Festival - You will find the travelling apothecary at both, with lots of treats in tow! 
  • It's the first day of summer tomorrow - Sex on the Beach? 

Bealtaine is celebrated approximately half way between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice, or the 1st May, which is tomorrow. The folklore associated with Bealtaine, as with the other cross quarter festivals, offers us an insight into a time when the spirit and natural world prevailed.

Bealtaine marked the beginning of summer and growth, bonfires were lit to celebrate and late spring flowers, such as primrose, gorse or hawthorn blossoms were gathered before dawn and placed in bundles in doorways to ward off evil. 'May bushes' were erected by locals and decorated with rags, coloured paper and ribbons. 

I'll be busy in the kitchen today baking some botanical treats for our Bealtaine Brunch Apothecary Gathering tomorrow - Free food and coffee, as well as a May Bush to decorate - Why wouldn't you join us?! 

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