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Getting Ready For The Big Day!

It’s less than a week to our big opening on May 18.  Come visit us at Mayfaire on the Green and see the variety of teas, herbs, and essential oils we offer.

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Back At It, With A Twist!

Hello! I know it’s been quite a while since I posted here. A big thing happened in my life- a little boy. As much as I was enjoying writing the blog, my son captured all of my heart and all of my time. Now that he’s hit toddler age, I can get back to the other love of my life- the garden and the good things that come out of it.

Culinary

Without the Broom, You’ve Got the Furze

Given our Noble Interest’s apparent desire to take over the world, it seems to be curiously averse to being in the kitchen. It was used in at least one recipe for pickled buds in the 17th century. However, given its… Continue Reading…

In the Garden

Genista in the Garden

Our Noble Interest this week is from a family surrounded by controversy and confusion. “Broom” is the common name. There is Common broom, French Broom, and Scotch Broom. There is Spanish Broom, Dyer’s Broom and Sweet Broom. The plant I… Continue Reading…

Noble Interest

Broom

Genista spp and Cytisus spp. This is a new plant for me so I’ll be learning as I write this week. Please feel free to help me along if you have any experience with this shrub. More about this topic:… Continue Reading…

Wes Hu Thal

Wes Thu Hál

Almost all of the snow is melted and it’s been warming considerably here. I took a walk today and the first of the coltsfoot is up and I found a couple of garlic mustard plants along the way. My comfrey… Continue Reading…

Put It To Use

The Art of Dowsing

One of the things that kept coming up during my research this week was the (apparently) erroneous belief that everyone in the Middle Ages drank beer and never touched water as the water supply was contaminated. It made me start… Continue Reading…

A Place in the World

A Hopping Good Time.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s medieval society or modern, is there anything that symbolizes “social” more than beer? People have been brewing beer since 7000 BCE in the East and 3500 BCE in the West. Hops have been being added… Continue Reading…

The Leech's Knowing

Hop Into Bed

For a plant that’s been around for a long time, there are remarkably few older references to it. I have searched all of my usual herbals and haven’t found mention of this herb under any name for it that I… Continue Reading…

Culinary

A Hopping Good Meal

There are a fair number of uses for our Noble Interest in the kitchen. I must state that I have spent the better part of a day trying to find older recipes (medieval and before) and have been utterly unable… Continue Reading…

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