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Venus Rising

Ahh, What a gorgeous fresh crisp morning… Beautiful clear sunrise and Venus rising ahead, ushering the sun through the dusk as if flagging the upcoming day as dedicated to Her. A day of beauty, Love and bounty. A perfect day to harvest in the wild. Time to go over my list and check it twice.
I am getting better at marking plant harvest times early in the year in my calendar so I don’t miss the unique windows of opportunity each plant might offer. Timing really is everything when it comes to quality. With intent clear, early in the year, one can almost just stand with arms open and collect the best specimens as they present themselves. As the days march by. When I know from the start that this cycle I will be making Elderberry wine or cough syrup, or candied Wild Ginger, then it feels almost like all I have to do is stand in place and grab them as they pass by, at exactly the right time, in the proper manner and presto,,, i have the highest quality herbs harvested at exactly the time when their physical and energetic properties are at their peak. Of course this not only allows me to prepare the highest quality medicinal and culinary items, but gives me a product with a greatly extended shelf life where color and fragrance are vivid and endure much longer than randomly plucked herbs, and from what I can tell without analytic laboratory equipment their medicinal properties are at their peak as well.
There are some things that only years of practical experience can give us. Many things actually. And then we die….but hopefully, not without leaving some legacy or trail of breadcrumbs, or Blog behind us. :-).

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Fall is teetering, though not quite fallen

19 September. Sudden drop in temperature after a week or so of rain. Time to check all the appropriate places and “usual suspects” for mushrooms and other yummy fungi.
St.John’swort oil still standing and being stirred a couple of times daily, time to double check the calendar to remember its starting and upcoming extraction dates. Very very red at this point. Beautiful ruby colour.
Two batches of Calendula oil straining now after numerous recharging with fresh flowers., and one new batch waiting to start.
Hops drying along with Mugwort, Wormwood and Hoary Mountain Mint. Guess it’s time to take all the dried herbs down from the rafters before they start

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