August 1, Lammas

For some reason, I have always loved the Celtic calendar. which is also called a cross-quarter. I used to believe it was all ‘past life’ influence but now that stuff doesn’t ring true. It’s probably more kinship with the Welsh( which I have in family lineage) and Irish( perhaps on my father’s side). Anyway, it doesn’t matter, why, just that I like the cross quarters and today is Lammas. The Celtic celebration of late summer.Photo Of Sunflower

I can always feel the sift of air and light at Lammas. Perhaps just that I walk early every day and notice those things.

This would be a day to bake bread from the harvest. I also saw to make beeswax candles. I used to make my own candles but have long given that up and now just buy my beeswax candles. I do burn them nightly from fall to spring but not during the summer. The glow they give is like no other and is one of my favorite rituals.

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I just made some bread so I won’t do another loaf but I do have some buttermilk to use so I am planning on making buttermilk biscuits. Good enough.

On a sad note, our neighbor has poisoned the skunks and we have one in our yard dying a painful death. It has really upset me. I don’t want skunks under our porch either but for the most part, they are harmless and they do eat things at night.  Right now it has sprayed a last spray and is in the bushes by our water pond. I guess once we can see where it is we will pick it up(with a shovel) and go bury it. It makes me mad that he did this.


Some lavender from our plants that I harvested. I use lavender all winter to freshen up clothes and sprinkle on rugs and then vacuum up.


6 thoughts on “August 1, Lammas

  1. Dale would make a batch of buttermilk biscuits and the rest of the milk would turn almost solid over time. We started freezing it right after purchase and can find no downside. The biscuits are still great.

    I did not know about Lammas, but I like it. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. That is heartbreaking about the poor skunk. I don’t understand how people can be so cruel. I kinda like our skunks as they do way more good than harm. We had a neighbour who used to shoot them (our outside basement wall is still pockmarked with bullet imprints.) It bothered me but at least they died instantly. Poisoning is such a cruel death.

    • That’s pretty awful too. We didn’t find his body this morning so I hoping maybe he was able to drink enough water( that’s why he was at our pond). He may have slinked off to die down in our woods.

  3. I’m sorry to hear about the skunk. That would upset me. I enjoyed your candlelight photos. That is one of the nice things about fall and winter for sure.

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