Books, learning and joy!

Hearst Castle Gothic Study – USA

How much would I love to curl up on one of those sofa’s and read, for days – the bliss!!!

JOY, PEACE & Knowledge – I mean, this is what books bring me – everyday.

I have been a bit poorly and had an Op on my jaw, so was confined to rest, little talking, soups and yoghurts (trust me it gets DULL very fast…) and two weeks off work (that was a good part).

So, was able to spend time doing one of my favourite things (other than watching trashy Sci-Fi films), I got hours of peaceful reading in.  I read though some books on herbology, getting together plans for my next creations, mucky-mixtures and experiments!  I also got to re-read Green Heart by Alice Hoffman, which along with Practical Magic as beautiful books – in fact, just read her books they are a delight start to finish.

I also did some ‘learning’, as well as the books listed below I am doing an online Diploma in Master Herbology, I am also starting to draw and list the properties if herbs, plants, trees etc…so I can use it as a reference when I am out and about – you never know what you will find during a gentle country walk, as though there are some excellent suppliers out there (I use Baldwins, they are very very good) nothing beats collecting your own.  I am a bit cheeky, I dry them as work – as we have big old cast iron radiators, and popping a bunch under one of them is perfect for a slow dry.  I then store them in coloured jars (to protect them for the sun and fading) or good old Tupperware, they bring me joy just looking at them, apart from Mugwort, which is really really useful – but a bit wiffy, and urmmmm interesting when burnt!

So, get reading – lose yourself in a book, it’s a unique magic.

Recent Book list:

The Handmade Apothecary: Healing herbal remedies: Kim Walker & Vicky Chown

The Hedgerow Apothecary: Recipes, Remedies and Rituals: Christine Iverson

Tonics & Teas: Rachel De Thample

Illustrated Herbiary, The (Wild Wisdom): Maia Toll

Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The complete guide to the use of aromatic oils in aromatherapy, herbalism, health and well-being: Julia Lawless

Herbal ABC’s The Foundation of Herbal Medicine: Dr Sharol Tilgner

The Herbal Remedy Handbook: Treat everyday ailments naturally, from coughs & colds to anxiety & eczema: Kim Walker, Vicky Chown

Green Heart: Alice Hoffman

The World That We Knew: Alice Hoffman

Love, light and blessings xxx

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