Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Bits and Bobs.

Quel week.

But...hello! I hope your week has been a good 'un. My week has been such that I've discovered (at the tender age of 43), that there are actually less hours in the week than I had previously believed. And, startlingly perhaps, writing has recently become a displacement activity for all manner of "shoulds". Which may explain the diminished hours in my week. But this is good, non? *narrows eyes at the dirty dish-mountain in the sink, and also ominous pile of research*.

I have things to say, but they'll keep I s'pose. In the mean time...links.

I don't talk much about my witchery here, but the Gayatri mantra* is very dear to my heart and a core practise for me. A gentle whisper of a suggestion: head outside, and find a quiet spot, as close to your version of Mad Nature as possible. Get comfy, and start singing the gayatri mantra as an offering to the wild creatures. Lose yourself awhile. Watch what happens. Clue: I sing this to the dorje dog who suffers from anxiety as the result of previous abuse. It has quite an impact.

I do love a Scottish Hedgewitch. Herbalist Pamela Spence offers her wisdom on some commonly available (Western) medicinal herbs.

Elderflower (Sambucus nigra) A delightful tea, and an excellent hayfever remedy. 

Author recommendation: Juliet Marillier is such a beautiful writer. I adore her Sevenwaters series, but also the YA Shadowfell trilogy. I'm yet to read her Wildwood series, but will definitely do so. The Sevenwaters series is set in a mythical Ireland, and reading it I felt as though I was home. There is such kindness, courage, and compassion in her stories.

This is slightly old news, but...well, Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, Hanna), is set to direct Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This is good news. In my little world, anyway.

Aboriginal legends reveal ancient secrets to science. This isn't exactly news to me, but an interesting article nonetheless. I am consistently stunned by the sophistication and wisdom of Australian Aboriginal culture. The oldest continuous culture on earth.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Three film instalments..."Him", "Her", "Them".

Well m'dears, I wish you a moste delightful weekend : ) xxx

*Even though this version sounds quite new-agey, its phrasing is lovely; and it's also a clear and easy to memorise version of the mantra.