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.
Come along to the recently opened Souls Journey, Park parade, Leigh Park. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for various workshops and therapies.
Very excited to be hosting my first wand workshop down south since moving back from Scotland :-)
There was so much rain again the footie was cancelled, so as it was a quiet one but there will be another on 29th November at 12pm! We took some wand orders though, I think the Frozen theme is going to be popular!
15 November 2014
Nix in Nature will be here for magick wand sales, wand orders and also advertising Reiki and artwork services :-).
07 November 2014
Our first event since moving back south and 27 faces to paint! I didn't really know where the night went but everyone was lovely and the fireworks were nice. The event was held at the local football club.
Not long moved back down nearer family and had this lot to get through (except Scartlett/Jess and Jack the skull :-))!
19 October 2014
Some more therapy room wooden signs, one for Vicky at lendrick Lodge and one for Oona at Tir na nOg.
Bill at Cashel's bird box as a thank you for my violin!
And some magick wands..
18 October 2014
We wanted to say a little thank you to everyone that we have met in the community before we head south for the winter. The article I sent to the local community paper is on page 20 in the Strathard News.
Here is the article in it's entirety before it reached the editor.
What an enchanting and enriching place to live this is. We have been lucky enough to have absorbed the beauty of this area since 2008. It has given us the opportunity to explore our dreams further after leaving the rat race well behind in 2006 after selling up and completing a charity backpacking trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats, along with our Jack Russel, Daisy.
Our path then led us to here and where for the last two years we have been freelance rangers. From bat walks and bushcraft to magick wand making and the infamous Wacky Forth Races at Cobleland Campsite, the journey so far has been amazing! We have been able to re-discover our childhood sense of discovery, learning about various uses and folklore of flora, fauna and even faeries, developing too our creative interests in wood craft and painting and I have been introduced to and now practice the wonder that is Reiki.
Bats are not blind and are highly unlikely to get caught in your hair, especially one this size! Bats need all the help they can get so go on a bat walk and visit The Bat Conservation Trust to find out how you can help!
A selection of new wands ready for magick making, for good spells only and the Dryads were asked first of course!
This year’s conservation theme was the wildcat at Cobleland Campsite.
As we leave for a while though, maintaining a sense of adventure and unsure of what is next, we would like to send our heartfelt thanks to all those we have met along the way, particularly to Lesley and Grole at Cobleland Campsite, to David, Mairi, Lucy and Will at The Lodge, to Nikki, Lucy and Neil at Tigh Mor and Gemma, Cheryl and Helen at Forest Hills, They have all been amazing places to be able to work at and thank you for allowing us to share our passion for nature with your guests.
Also thanks to Jane and Arthur Jones for all your support and for the ceilidh fun and to Victoria and all at Lendrick Lodge. It has also been a special experience to feel a sense of community spirit in Aberfoyle and Callander, something that we definitely missed back in the City of Portsmouth – and the fresh air! Hopefully this isn’t a proper goodbye though as we will definitely be back to visit and possibly be able to offer our services at certain times of the year in the future, but we felt that it was important to thank all who make this area and our experience here so special. In the meantime, we’ll be off to see family during the winter and I’ll be adding all I have learned to our website below so if you would like to see the journey so far or what we are up to next take a look and follow the blog.
Happy Celtic New Year!
Nikki & Will
Some Hallowe’en/Samhain Traditions
Will and Nikki talk ‘bushcraft’ and all things edible and medicinal. (Photography thanks: Neil St Quinton)