Minus Tides start tomorrow and are switching back to morning.
57F! It’s actually warm enough, even when the sun’s behind a cloud to be in just a shirt. It’s mostly clouds, at best, but it’s so much brighter, even with that, than a couple of months ago. There’s almost no wind in town, too, and there was none in the yard, as I was weeding.
Yesterday was really busy. We had a lot of people in shopping. Tempus had to run out to pay some bills and then do the car tires. I did some writing and set up newsletters, since I could do that between customers.
Class got cancelled last night. We’ve got one out sick, one injured from a fall with a dog and the other two were frantic from cleaning since Mom was coming for a visit. I ended up with a pre-nup session that went a little better than the one on Saturday. After that I got talking about the history of beans to Tempus and ended up rattling on until nearly 10pm. 🙂 So we went home and went to sleep.
We didn’t get up early this morning and I’ve been working in the garden and Tempus doing other chores like laundry and trash. I got my first sorrel leaf today! Yum…. We only got to the shop around 2pm! We’re going to haul out one set of boxes and try to get the sorted and put away today and then the paper route is tonight.
If anyone knows where this pic is from, let me know! That’s one big rock!
Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire,Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus
Zlaty Amos, the Czech Teachers Day, is held annually on the birthday of John Amos Comenius, a famous educator of the middle ages. Czech students nominate the teachers whose approach most motivates and inspires them to the competition Zlatý Ámos (Golden Amos). The coronation of “Golden Amos” (or the “teachers of the year” as we would say in the US) take place yearly on March 28, and yes, they really wear crowns! See more here (website in Czech, but there are pictures) :http://www.zlatyamos.cz/ and on Comenius here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Amos_Comenius
The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although we’re there a lot later most nights. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 7:57am on 3/29. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 4/10 at 11:08pm.
The waxing crescent Moon steps nightly past Mercury, Mars, Aldebaran and the Pleiades. (These scenes are drawn exact for the middle of North America.)
Arcturus, the “Spring Star,” now rises above the east-northeast horizon by the time the stars come out. How soon can you spot it? Brighter Jupiter comes up a little later, depending on your latitude, 30° to Arcturus’s right.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.4, in Virgo) is nearing its April 7th opposition. It shines low in the east after nightfall, and higher in the southeast by 11 or midnight. Spica dangles 6° below it. By dawn they’re low in the west-southwest. In a telescope Jupiter is 44 arcseconds across its equator.
Goddess Month of Columbina runs from 3/20 – 4/17
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14
Runic half-month of Berkana/ Beorc, 3/14-29 Half-month ruled by the goddess of the birch tree; a time of purification for rebirth and new beginnings. Runic half-month of Ehwaz, 3/30-4/13 – Ehwaz, the horse; time of partnership between humans and Nature, as between rider and horse. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, p. 55
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Fearn/Alder, Mar 18 – Apr 14. Fern (FAIR-n) Alder – The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 20 m (65 feet) tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 28 High 1:21 AM 8.1 7:04 AM Rise 7:42 AM 0
~ 28 Low 7:37 AM 0.2 7:39 PM Set 8:39 PM
~ 28 High 1:39 PM 8.0
~ 28 Low 7:51 PM 0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Learn to listen. Opportunity could be knocking at your door very softly. – Frank Tyger
~ Our first teacher is our own heart. – Cheyenne saying
~ People take different roads seeking fulfillment & happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’re lost. – Dalai Lama
~ Popularity is not leadership. – Richard Marcinko
~ Responsibility shouldn’t be an obstacle to your power, it should be a guide. – Kerr Cuhulain
Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy. – Dean Koontz
Clotted Cream and English Scones
CLOTTED CREAM INGREDIENTS
- 1 quart (4 cups)heavy cream
YOU WILL ALSO NEED
- A double boiler or heatproof bowl and saucepan, pan of ice water
ENGLISH SCONE INGREDIENTS
- 2 cupsall-purpose flour
- 1 tbspbaking powder
- 1/4 tspsalt
- 4 tbspunsalted butter, diced
- 1egg, beaten
- 5 tbspmilk
- 1 eggbeaten, to glaze the tops of the scones
YOU WILL ALSO NEED
- Mixing bowl, baking sheet, butter or parchment for the baking sheet, rolling pin, biscuit cutter or water glass
Total Time: 10 Hours
Servings: 1 cup clotted cream, about 1 dozen scones depending on size of your biscuit cutter
To Make Clotted Cream
- In a double boiler over medium heat bring the cream to 175 degrees. If you don’t have a double boiler (and I don’t) place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of water. Stir a little so that the cream heats evenly. Once you reach 175, bring up the temperature—180 to 200 degrees. Keep that temp for about 45 minutes to an hour. At this point the cream will take on a cracked, yellow skin. Next, remove the bowl or top of your double boiler and settle in a pan of ice water to cool quickly. Cover with plastic wrap and stow in the fridge overnight. Then carefully skim the clotted cream off the top with a shallow spoon and layer it into a bowl. It will keep for about a week in your fridge. Use the rest of the cream as you would regular cream (it will be thinner than heavy cream, but can still be added to beverages).
To Make English Scones
- Preheat the oven to 425 and prepare a baking sheet with butter or parchment paper. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and then work in the butter. Make a well in the middle and then add the egg and milk. Mix to form a soft dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and then knead quickly until the dough comes together. Roll out the dough to an inch thick, then cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter or water glass. Move to the baking sheet and brush the tops with the beaten egg. Bake for 8 minutes or until golden.
- Serve your clotted cream with strawberries or jam on a scone, a slice of pie, or anything that lends itself to cream.
- Thorne, John (1996). Simple Cooking. North Point Press, New York, NY.
- McGee, Harold (1984). On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen. Scribner, New York, NY.
- Trewin, Carol (2005). Gourmet Cornwall. Alison Hodge, Cornwall, UK.
- Lane, John. In Praise of Devon: A Guide to its People, Places, and Character. Green Books, Cambridge, UK.
- Mendelson, Anne (2008). Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk through the Ages. Knopf, New York, NY
Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese
- Serves: 4-8
- Prep Time: 10 Min
- Cook Time: 30 Min
- 12 slc hickory bacon, thick cut
- 8 slc bread, sandwich
- 8 oz cream cheese garlic & herb flavor
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 3 Tbsp old bay seasoning
- By V Seward, hanford, CA (pop. 53,201)
V’s Notes: – While cooking and chatting with a good friend of mine, about recipes of course… with our love for cream cheese and another great ingredient bacon, we decided to create these amazing little appetizers. Taking bread as the vessel and adding a cream cheese mixture, wrapping in bacon and seasoning with old bay… Man-O-Man did these turn out fabulous. They have become the most requested, first to dissappear and most talked about appetizer at all my gatherings. Might need to make several batches for the big game, because everyone gobbles them up. I’ve made these a couple hours to overnight and refrigerated them before cooking as well. Pop them in the oven while your guests are arriving and they’ll know they came to the right party.
1 – Add 1/2 tsp. Smoky Paprika to the 8 oz tub of Garlic & Herb flavored Cream Cheese and mix until combined. On 4 slices of bread, generously spread the cream cheese mixture and top with another slice of bread.
2 – Cut off the bread crust. Cut each sandwich in 3 rows, turn and cut in half making 6 bites.
Cut 12 slices of bacon in half. Wrap each bite with a slice of bacon, secure with a toothpick.
Cover a cookie sheet with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray. Add wrapped bacon bites to prepared pan. Sprinkle Old Bay Seasoning over each one.
3 – Place in the center rack of a 400* F oven and cook for 25-30 minutes, until bacon is brown and cooked. For a crisper bacon, place under the broiler for approximately 1 minute (watch them or they will burn)
Getcha one before they disappear! Enjoy.
Cream Cheese Mints – Something you can take with you into work – From, “Traditions…A Taste of the Good Life,” published in cooperation with your Daily Inbox Newsletter.
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 pounds powdered sugar
- 8 drops flavoring (spearmint, peppermint, lemon or butter rum)
- 8 drops food color
Knead sugar and cream cheese to form ball. Divide dough into fourths. Work with 1/4 at a time. Wrap remaining dough in foil to prevent drying. Add 2 drops flavoring and 2 drops coloring to the portion you are working with. Press into molds or use a super shooter. Let mints set while mixing and molding remaining fourths. Store in a tightly covered tin, separating the layers with waxed paper. These will keep indefinitely.
NOTE: Easy and wonderful.
YIELDS: 200 mints
Copyright 1983 The Junior League of Little Rock, Inc. All rights reserved. To purchase copies of Traditions… A Taste of the Good Life, visit the the Junior League of Little Rock website (http://www.jllr.org/?nd=jllr_cookbooks) or call the office at (501) 666-0658.
Silliness – Debate About The Box
An engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician are trying to set up a fenced-in area for some sheep, but they have a limited amount of building material. The engineer gets up first and makes a square fence with the material, reasoning that it’s a pretty good working solution. “No, no,” says the physicist, “there’s a better way.” He takes the fence and makes a circular pen, showing how it encompasses the maximum possible space with the given material.
Then the mathematician speaks up: “No, no, there’s an even better way.” To the others’ amusement he proceeds to construct a little tiny fence around himself, then declares:
“I define myself to be on the outside.”