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13 February 2015
Had a lovely evening with amazing people on my first wand workshop at Chi Coffee in North End, Portsmouth. An extra magickal evening too being Friday 13th! Friday was named after Freyja, the Norse Goddess of passion and fertility and 13 is linked to moon magick and the Divine feminine. The Egyptians apparently believed that humans had twelve phases of life, the thirteenth being that of bliss and ascension. Valentines Day tomorrow too so the love heart shaped stone I had recently found at the beach was perfect for the alter. I learnt yesterday that the Romans had urns in which the ladies put their names inside so that the men could choose one randomly to be their sexual partners for the following year! This custom was traditionally carried out between 13th - 15th February.
The alter was dedicated to the lovely snowdrop faeries - those dingle dongles, or February fairmaids are such a welcome sight after a dark, chilly winter :-).
Wands tonight were made from yew, hazel and holly - here are eight of the ten wands made, all ready for beautiful magick making! Thank you Jane at Chi Coffee for the venue, scrummy cake and drinks :-)
Next workshop here is 17th April, to book yourself in ring Jane at Chi on 02393 782412.
24 September 2014
The sun was shining and thankfully two lovely people, Andy and Sarah joined us on our last big walk for the season at Tigh Mor. From Brig O'Turk and into Glen Finglas before coming out past the famous bicycle tree. We talked forest folklore, history, flora and fauna, plus we sampled a few wild food nibbles along the way!
Loch Venachar from Drippin.
Looking Towards Glen Finglas.
Telling one of my favourite stories about fly agaric, the fairy-tale toadstool. First I like to use a balloon and a piece of wet tissue to demonstrate how the toadstool gets it's spots. There are so many interesting stories centered around this lovely toadstool: How do Santa's reindeer fly? How does Santa fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve? Where does the saying 'going out on the p***' come from?
17 September 2014
Another gorgeous day out doing guided walks for Arthur, this time around Glen Finglas with 4 lovely couples. Lots of nice mushrooms to talk about, but not many rowan berries this year. This is said to foretell a mild winter, but I'm not sure as there were loads of berries last year and then we had lots of rain and no snow - lots of wind though but we will have to wait and see. This month has been an unusually dry one, you can usually only see the trees on the island pictured below in the Glen Finglas Reservoir!
16 September 2014
Two lovely couples from yesterdays walk decided to join us for a longer ramble around the Loch Ard forest. We decided to take in the two faerie hills of the area and there were fittingly lots of fungi to look at and talk about. We took a well earned rest at Doon Hill and enjoyed some spruce tea and biscuits before leaving our gifts and wishes on leaves for the faeries.
Doon Hill is a sacred spot for the faeries where wishes are left to naturally degrade. It's said to be unlucky to take anything from a faerie hill and they do like a nice natural gift, or maybe some honey, cheese or milk, or even to help them by collecting litter along the way.
The Minister's Pine can be seen popping out of the top of Doon Hill from a distance. This is said to mark the faerie portal which the local Minister, Rev. Robert Kirk was invited to enter in order to discover and correct unfair representations of the fae. There are many variations of the story, but most center around his mysterious disappearance in 1692, some say to the faerie realms for protection, some say this was due to publishing their secrets, although I hear that his spirit has since been released from becoming entrapped.
So many LBJ's ('little brown job' mushrooms), so we were unable to identify all of them, although the big one has been created by a clever local wood carver and makes this a lovely picture to photograph.
13 September 2014
The weather is just fabulous which means lots of happy campers enjoying the trees and the fresh air. After the chocolate Quest we decided to get crafty and here are some lovely pendants the kids came up with.
Jasmine's neclis :-)
Darah's butterfly design, a sea shell was added later.
Lauren's glitterball of a pendant resulted in Will looking like he was ready for an episode of Strictly!
Sophie's ruby encrusted butterfly.
Will can't sit still for long so he came up with this crab face :-).
Jenni was back this weekend again to add another wand to her collection, also a few lads wanting to know how to do some spells to their Dad's. I had to inform them that they couldn't use them for mischievous spells though, which includes turning a Dad into a frog!
From left: Max's Oak, Alfie's Oak, Jenni's Hazel, Sam's Oak, Harry's Oak and Samuel's Hazel. Connor made a Hazel wand but suddenly rushed off during spell teaching, obviously couldn't wait to get to work!
Lovely to see so many people interested in bats and coming along to the bat walk. We had lots of sorprano pipistrelle's showing off their acro'bat'ic abilities above our heads in the trees. We also had some owls screeching on our way back to camp.
We later heard the Miller family were having fun when they got back to camp with an Egyptian story that I mention when I talk about owls. It is said that if a Pharaoh took a dislike to someone they would send them a picture of an owl in the post. If you were unlucky enough to receive the owl picture it was expected of you to take your own life and the owl would then be your guide to the otherworld! I think everyone was getting the owl card then :-).
14 August 2014
Another busy weekday here at Cobleland with lots on the Chocolate Quest, Bushcraft & Survival, the Dusk Walk and another mega wand making session!
All chose hazel, except Timmy who chose willow - loads of Aiden's :-)
From left: Sandra, Melissa, Jordan, Aiden, Scarlett, Lucy, Connie, Natalie, Aiden, Oli, Timmy, Aiden, Dawn and Fiona.
Chloe - Chloe's Plane
Abigail - Dusty (2nd)
Emily - LM (1st)
Tyler - The Mean Machine
Malcolm - HMS Maltopia
Roman - Lightening (3rd)
Kaylah & Mason - Mason
Jordan & Haiden - The Rust Bucket