Finding What Was Lost

On the day of my initiation into the Bardic Grove of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, my Grove's leader (not that he would call himself that) gifted me a brass oak leaf pendant to mark the start of my new Druid journey. On the cycle home from the ritual, I lost it. I... Continue Reading →

Snowdrops Without the Snow

The snowdrops are in flower in my local woods and gardens. Delicate white bells, silently chiming the coming of Spring. But there is no snow. In previous years, January has brought at least a smattering of icy snow, even only an inch of it, to cover the grassy ground. The bright green leaves of the... Continue Reading →

Plough Monday in the office

Tomorrow is Plough Monday, a day when traditionally ploughs and farming tools were blessed for the work of the year ahead. In many rural communities, this tradition is still going strong. I live on the edges of a suburban/rural area and, while I see farming in the distance most days I'm not directly involved in... Continue Reading →

January Full Moon: Quiet Moon

The first full moon of the new decade will rise in the night sky this Friday, 10th January.  Known by many names including the Wolf Moon for the howling of wolves when they still roamed the forests of Britain, Stay-At-Home Moon (a good idea on a cold wintery night) and, my favourite, Quiet Moon for... Continue Reading →

New Year’s Intentions

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them orselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first page is New Year's Day" - Edith Lovejoy Pierce. I hope you all had a restful and happy festive season, whatever you celebrate, and happy New Year to you... Continue Reading →

Be More Kind

"Never be curel, never be cowardly...Remember, hate is always foolish, and love is always wise. Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind". - The Doctor, "Twice Upon a Time". I'm not a wise old Druid. I'm quite far from any of those things. But just for today, let me pretend to... Continue Reading →

The Government Will Not Save You

(But you should vote anyway!) We live in uncertain and troubled times. Lies have replaced truth. Insults have replaced discussion. Anger has replaced kindness. Despair has replaced optimism. There is an election tomorrow in the UK. Vote. This election is more than just a choice between parties, it is a choice between hope and fear.... Continue Reading →

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