We got up before dawn today to finish all the scheduled work early, and then we went to the animal shelter to drop a sack of dog food and explore the nearby roads, which were in herbal-winter-glory mode. We wildharvested a lot of wormwood to make our smudge sticks, fennel for health and magic alike, and a good amount of donkey excrements and earth for our container roof garden, which we will mix with the food scraps we have on our miniature compost bin.Our herbs are going to love it!
We also brought samples of several herbs to check on our herbal books, and discovered two of them were Fumitory and Wild Mallow, so we’ll be back there soon for more. Left offerings for the Spirits of the land – water, rum and a mix of cereals+dry bread+dry corn – and watched the birds fill the valley: blue-chest chiffchaffs, swallows, herons, kestrels, and even several wild partridges. At times, it seemed unbelievable that we could be just a couple of miles away from the city. Next time, we’ll go even earlier and see if we can harvest a good amount of snails.