Autumn. There are many things to love about this most anticipated of seasons (yes, even more anticipated than Christmas, 'cos winter's after that). Everyone will say it's the sweaters, the layers, the changing colours and the casting off of sweaty, sand scoured mosquito bites that they love most; but for me, it's always about The … Continue reading An Apple a Day (is not enough!)
by MK Martin There are one or two mentions of Pagan solstice festivals in the facebook feed these days. Midwinter is a 'trend', and did you know that Santa was really tripping on mushrooms? But one I've never heard of, until I went looking, is Yalda. I'll only give some brief details, as it's worth … Continue reading Yalda: Midwinter in Iran
by MK Martin Have you ever read the Nutcracker? It's a stunning book, illustrated by Toller Cranston who, if you've never been into figure skating, was a prominent athlete in the sport. Do yourself a favor and search for him on Youtube. Preferably in his canary suit. There's also a lovely version illustrated by Maurice … Continue reading Books to Celebrate
by MK Martin I'm going to mention the Grinch again, because it really is a story that laid the path for my life. I used to wish he would come and steal Christmas where I was, and everywhere, so we would all have to go outside and hold hands and sing. He never did, though … Continue reading What To Give
by MK Martin Have you been good? Hide all your birch switches, and say something kind to everyone you see today. In many parts of Europe, St. Nicholas Day is celebrated December 6th. On the night before, the horned devil Krampus roams the streets, seeking out the homes of naughty children. Mostly, he just swats … Continue reading Krampus is a Comin’
by MK Martin The only STEM subject I enjoyed in school was Chemistry. It's pretty easy to make the jump from chemistry to 'alchemy' in the mind, and making fantasy a part of my reality was a form of anxiety quelling mechanism that, whether for better or worse has been my constant companion. The Food … Continue reading Sugar Cookies for Every Day
by MK Martin December: the sleepiest of months. When the sun goes down before tea time, and the garden is full of hungry little mouths, looking for what's leftover. blackest night, coldest dawn, sharpest wind, time moves on. Often, this month arrives with anxiety for me. I have never been very good at celebrations, often … Continue reading Creative’s Calling. Will you Answer?
Made with a few peasant ingredients from all around, this soup is yummy, reduces inflammation, is soothing on the throat and pleasing to the eye.
My hope is green, eternally, like my tomatoes. The first year I grew tomatoes, it was a year of perfect weather. The last of its kind. A unicorn summer of bursting, fleshy sweetness and easy breezes. For the seven years hence, it's been one Farmer's Worst Case Scenario after another. Aphids. Surprise frosts. Early blight, … Continue reading Close Enough
Stand next to a plant that looks bright, and green, produces something (in theory) that you might eat. Say hello. Do it in your head, if it makes you feel less silly. Feel less silly, anyway, when the person standing next to you is also talking to seedlings.