This photograph of a home-made apple pie and cream is making my mouth water. It was baked by Jane Mortimer, but I now might have to get cooking and make one myself!
Jane said: "I hope Pomona will forgive me for being late with celebrating her special day, but I didn't look at my copy of Pagan Portals Every Day Magic until it was too late to make a pie for the right day. I made an apple pie using windfall apples collected locally and frozen a few weeks ago. I ate my portion with a liberal dollop of clotted cream. I'd like to think food eaten in honour of deity doesn't have any calories, but sadly that's not the case. Good thing we had salad for our main course!"
Pomona is the Roman goddess of the orchards, and Apple Day is celebrated in the UK on October 21, but I don't think it is ever the wrong time to have apple pie! Pagan Portals - Every Day Magic is published by Moon Books and has something to do or celebrate every day of the year.
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Matt Porter, who specialises in growing and preserving poisonous herbs,
"I harvested after the plants went to sleep for the year. The smaller potted plant is water hemlock and the larger one is poison hemlock. The whole root inside the jar is the water hemlock root and the other root is the poison hemlock root. I thoroughly enjoyed growing my hemlock this year and last year and found it quite low maintenance when it came to its upkeep. I kept all of the leaves and flower head cuttings and dried them out for my altar and ritual uses."
Notes: This post is for information purposes only, it is not advice. If you think you might have been poisoned seek urgent medical help.
My witchy friend Jane Mortimer did the same. She said: "I ordered a little stash of not-particularly-Samhain goodies a couple of weeks ago from Bewitched Botanicals, and was very impressed with the mini-sizes of scrub and whip (I ordered the sample/gift bag). Their Halloween collection has moved up a notch from 'coming soon' to 'it's here', so I celebrated Pension Day by ordering lots of lovely stuff to slather on to my wizened witchy skin."
Throughout October I've been posting about Samhain shopping. I've posted pictures of lovely witchy stuff I've seen, things I've bought, and also shared photos of other people's wonderful finds. I've been buying Bewitched Botanicals' soap for years now - it really is my favourite and is kind to my extremely sensitive skin. They also produce wonderful special collections, so I also snap up things that won't be available forever.
The picture at the top shows Halloween bath cauldrons, the middle picture show Sleepy Hollow melts, and the bottom picture shows Ghost Puffs soap. You can visit Bewitched Botanicals' online shop here: https://bewitchedbotanicals.com/
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