Friday Bits and Bobs.

Good morning!

Haven’t done one of these for a long while, but the whim to do so came on with yet another thunderstorm, (hello, La Niña). My word. The Big Wet is upon us. I’ve been thinking of the poor souls in LA at the moment with those terrible fires, and I so wish they could have some of our excess of rain.

I used to do these posts fairly regularly. But I tend to want to shake up a routine almost as soon as one has asserted itself. And blogging for me has never been about strategy – I tend to be guided mostly by my whims.

Actually, I’ve noticed that weekly sharings of links has become a bit of a Thing in recent years. I really appreciate and enjoy exploring links provided by like-minded souls. It can be a great way of sharing the wonders and creativity that abound on the interwebs, whilst cutting through and bypassing so much noisy junk-thought.

So here we go…

Speaking of things that are a Thing now, one can make tarot card essences. As in flower essences. I’ve been secretly making tarot essences for a while now, but I thought it was a bit too odd to talk about, or explain. Now I discover there are many similarly odd people having the same idea at the same time. As is often the case. So yes, tarot essences are de jour, apparently. Here’s a quick ‘how to’.

‘Yule – Invoking Baba Yaga’, by Joanna Gilar, on Sharon Blackie’s Hedge School blog. Because this is the heart and guts of it, for me:

‘Our house is not in order. This is my offering towards joy in the disordered dark.’

credit: Baba Yaga’s House, by Eddie Mendoza

How I do so love this quietly radical fairytale – ‘Sunshine and Stormheart’, by Sarah Elwell.

In the world of fairytale art, along with Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kay Neilsen, and Ida Rentoul-Outhwaite, I’ve long adored the art of Jackie Morris. Her images express such an earthy warmth and passion; and a demonstrative tenderness between her human and non-human subjects.

credit: Jackie Morris, book cover for Dreaming My Animal Self, by Helene Cardona.

The Mythic Medicine podcast, by Amber Magnolia Hill.

One of my favourite creams to make is Rosemary Gladstar’s ‘perfect cream’. So easy to tweak and make your own, (and vegan if you prefer).

Meraki Earth Studio, and Avalon Pottery on Etsy. Also lunar calendars by The Far Woods, Chelsea Granger, and The Land of Erin.

Joan Didion: The Centre Will Not Hold.

On my holiday to-read list: Tintinnabula, a children’s book by Margo Lanagan, and Tanglewood and Brine, by Deirdre Sullivan, (a YA novel); also The Witches of New York, by Ami Mackay, (who wrote The Birth House).

Well, dear hearts. I must away and tend my hours. There shall be henna, and stories, chores, and other business of the day.

I wish you a cheery and peaceful weekend. And maybe even a chat, and a cuppa with Baba Yaga…if you dare ; ) xxx