Daily Stuff 8-16-22 Campden Wonder

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tue/Wed. Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon. Featured photo by Randy McKinnis

 [posting at 6pm] Lovely sunshine all day after the fog burned off, although it looks like the marine layer coming up. There’s been a nice breeze, too. 64F, wind at 3-15 mph and gusting, AQI 8-29, UV7. Chance of rain 9% today and 15% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY (wind) from 2pm Tue. to 5am Wed. Forecast – Today& Tomorrow(68/55) partly cloudy. Thu(67/57) mostly cloudy. Fri(65/55) possible AM showers, scant accumulation. Sat(66/55) partly cloudy. Sun(65/44) mostly cloudy. Mon(66/54) mostly sunny. Tue&Wed(67/55) partly cloudy.

7 Fires – It turned out that the firespot, yesterday, was actually in Siletz and they got it out. A brushfire. Toledo got hit with a little smoke.
The smoke plume cuts across the Valley south of Roseburg and follows the Cascaides up to level with Madras/Warm Springs, containing the plume from the Cedar Creek fire.
Potter Fire – 400 acres
Big Swamp Fire – 121 acres
Windigo Fire – 1,052 acres
Cedar Creek Fire – 4,256 acres. This is the one trailing a smoke plume!
Miller Road Fire – 10,847 acres
Beech Creek Fire – 155 acres
Upper Sentinel Fire – 100 acres
3 firespots.

Sunday evening Tempus finished up the bread and then we listened to some youtubes that are real memories for the both of us. Oldies. 🙂 We probably spent an 1/2 hour and then did a rendition of “Where did it all go so sideways….” <sigh> We’ll we shook ourselves out of that, packed up and headed home. …well, after he watered the outside plants. I needed to do the rest indoors, too.

We didn’t bother with supper, although I had to get up and eat something after a bit. The papers were a touch late, but I was asleep when Tempus took off and he got back in a bit after 8am, which is a real improvement.

It was bright sunshine when we headed for the shop. It wasn’t busy, although we had a few people in. Tempus was working on getting rid of grumple in his office space, then he worked on the car for a few, then watered plants, eventually going to the bank and PO. I wrote frantically all day. I wasn’t feeling well, to put it mildly. I was all wobbly. No clue why.

So, I had to try again to do the pottage and to finish up the greens.

Today is our day to sleep in. I’m glad of it. Tempus got some extra over Sunday night, but still we need to get him caught up.

Alsea Bay Bridge befpre sunrise on 8/7/20 by Randy McKinnis. Used with permission

Aretha Franklin 1942-2018 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aretha_Franklinwise


The strange case of William Harrison, the Campden Wonder –
On August 16, 1660, a 70-year-old rent collector (manager of Viscountess Campden’s estates at Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England http://www.chippingcampden.co.uk/ ), William Harrison, disappeared from Chipping Campden, England, and only his hat, comb and ‘collar band’, or scarf, were found. His servant, John Perry, confessed to his murder and implicated his mother Joan (who was thought to be a witch) and his brother Richard. All three were hanged, although a body was never recovered.
Fully two years later, the ‘murdered’ William Harrison returned to Chipping Campden, with a fantastic story, which he laid out in a sworn letter  http://www.law.utexas.edu/lpop/etext/newgate/perry.htm to Sir Thomas Overbury, a magistrate of the county of Gloucester. Harrison wrote that he had been kidnapped by two armed horsemen, who stabbed him through the side and thigh with swords. They had taken him on a long journey through England to Deal, where they had put him on a ship. The ship was captured by Turkish pirates who sold the old man into slavery near Smyrna, Turkey … More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campden_Wonder and here: http://www.thecampdenwonder.com/index.html

motif plant red huckleberry Vaccinium_parvifolium_0325

Today’s Plant is Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium), which grows mostly at low to middle elevations in soil enriched by decaying wood and on rotten logs, all over the coast range. It is a deciduous shrub growing to 13 ft tall with a small, edible red to blue-black berry. The local peoples ate, dried, stewed and made sauces from this berry which was one of their staple foods. The bark is a cold remedy. The leaves make a good tea. I make jam of the berries, which also make a tasty tea. Both berries and leaves are good for sore throats, aching teeth and inflamed gums. It’s sometimes used as an ornamental, but it doesn’t take well to getting the roots disturbed. – Gender, Feminine – Planet, Venus – Element, Water – Carry for luck, health (especially teeth/throat),  to keep away evil and break hexes, Burn to make dreams come true. Dried berries can be used for prosperity magicks. More info and links here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_parvifolium

Summer hours are 1-6pm Thurs.-Mon., although we’re often here later as the days get longer. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook message or email at anjasnihova@yahoo.com 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,


Astrology, Astronomy and other Stuff

Moon in Aries enters Taurus at 7:22pm. 

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 8/27 at 1:17am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 8/18 at  9:36pm.

Although they rise in evening hours, Jupiter and the waning gibbous Moon are highest, and thus sharpest in a telescope, in the hours before dawn.


As summer progresses and Arcturus moves down the western sky, the kite figure of Bootes sprouts from Arcturus toward the upper right. The kite is 23° long, about two fists at arm’s length. It’s rather narrow, and its top is bent to the right. Arcturus is its bottom point where the stubby tail is tied on. The tail currently flutters downward. The Big Dipper slants at about the same height in the northwest, to the Kite’s right.

Kepler’s laws in motion – The dual transit of Io and Ganymede (and their shadows) Aug. 15/16 highlights these moons’ orbital motion. Europa and Callisto lie farther east at this time. – Astronomy: Roen Kelly

This morning begins with a dual transit already underway across the face of Jupiter in the east. Io’s shadow sits roughly halfway across Jupiter’s face, while the much larger blot of Ganymede’s shadow lies to its southeast. Around 12:23 A.M. EDT, Io itself finally slips onto the disk; some 40 minutes later, Io has already caught up to Ganymede’s slow-moving shadow. The small moon passes the larger shadow within half an hour. Io’s shadow continues across the disk until 1:38 A.M. EDT, with Io itself slipping off the western limb less than an hour later, just after 2:30 A.M. EDT. Ganymede’s shadow falls away around 3 A.M. EDT. And then, finally, Ganymede itself is ready to have a go, crossing onto Jupiter’s disk at 4:09 A.M. EDT. It will continue across for an hour and a half, leaving the disk at 5:39 A.M. CDT (note the time change, as this is after sunrise on the East Coast but just as twilight is breaking in the Midwest). There’s also an added bonus: The Great Red Spot is visible on Jupiter’s Earth-facing side this morning as well, reaching the center of the planet just after 2 A.M. EDT.

Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun.

Runic half-month of Ansuz/ As /Os/, 8-13-8/29 – This time is sacred to the god/desses of Asgard and contains the time of the Ordeal of Odin and the festival of the Runes. This time is also referring to Yggdrasil, the Tree that give order to the Worlds. This is a time of stability and divine order visible in the world.

Sun in Leo

Pluto (10/8), Saturn (10/23), Jupiter (11/23), Neptune 12/3, Chiron (12/23) Retrograde
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1
Color – Lavendar
Harvest 8/15& 16
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Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  16     High    4:05 AM     6.8   6:21 AM     Set 11:47 AM      82
~    16      Low  10:22 AM     0.3   8:20 PM    Rise 10:52 PM
~    16     High    4:42 PM     7.5
~    16      Low  11:08 PM     0.8


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Work to become, not to acquire.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What is something you dislike about yourself?



~   A day patched with quilting seldom unravels. – unknown
~   These are the absolute gutter tactics of a mindless, useless, idealistic, unprincipled Opposition. – Paul Keating
~   Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. – Mother Teresa
~   What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. I do not agree with the big way of doing things. – Mother Teresa; ‘Carriers of Christ’s Love’, A Gift for God,  1975

The feudal barons of the Middle Ages, the economic predecessors of the capitalists of our day, declared all wars. And their miserable serfs fought all the battles. The poor, ignorant serfs had been taught to revere their masters; to believe that when their masters declared war upon one another, it was their patriotic duty to fall upon one another and to cut one another’s throats for the profit and glory of the lords and barons who held them in contempt. – Eugene V Debs, American anti-war campaigner and presidential candidate; from the pro-peace speech at a Socialist Party convention in Canton, Ohio, USA on June 16, 1918, that resulted in his being sentenced to ten years in prison on September 12, 1918 


Magick – Recipes – Slow-cookers shine over the summer, making tasty & hearty dishes that don’t heat the house very much. You can also use the cooker overnight when it’s cool, then just nuke the foods if you want them warm.

Slow Cooker Beer and Brown Sugar Pulled Chicken Sliders – http://thebeeroness.com/2013/11/01/slow-cooker-beer-brown-sugar-pulled-chicken-sliders/


  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 12 ounces porter beer (high ABV dark beer works best)
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thigh fillets
  • 18-20 slider buns


  • In a small bowl whisk together the tomato paste, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder and brown sugar.
  • Add the sauce, chicken and beer to a slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken pulls apart easy with a fork.
  • Using two forks, shred chicken.
  • Scoop chicken into slider buns.

Slow Cooker Bread Pudding

Into a buttered slow cooker put eight cups of cubed day-old bread. In a separate bowl, combine four eggs, 1 1/2 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of cream, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of Nutella, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Whisk until smooth, pour over bread cubes, and press cubes until all liquid is absorbed. Cook on low for three hours and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

(Note – I’ve done this with chocolate chips and berries in place of the nutella.)

Loaded SlowCooker Potato Soup  – Classic, creamy potato soup, made in the slow cooker with just five ingredients and 15 minutes of prep time. When it’s time to eat, load it up with classic baked potato toppings like bacon, green onions and cheese. It’s comfort food by the spoonful. – https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/loaded-slow-cooker-potato-soup/cec34bb7-f0d7-4896-ba8a-6af51a40e354

  • Prep Time- 15 min
  • Total Time- 6 hr 0 min
  • Servings- 8


  • 4-6 large yellow potatoes, diced
  • 1/2 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cans (18 oz each) Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Toppings (optional)
    • 1/2 cup sour cream 
    • 1/2 cup cooked bacon, crumbled 
    • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
    • 1/2 cup diced green onions


  1. Place potatoes, onion, garlic, soup and chicken broth in a 4- to 5-qt slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook for 4-6 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.
  3. Stir well; salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve topped with sour cream, bacon, green onions and cheese.

Slow Cooked Boston Baked Beans Recipehttp://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/slow_cooked_boston_baked_beans/#ixzz3Kp1j0sfd

  • Cook time: 8 hours
  • Yield: Serves 5-6 as a main dish or 10-12 as a side.


  • 1 pound (2 to 2 1/4 cups) dry white beans such as Navy beans or Great Northern beans (can also use kidney beans)
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1/2 pound salt pork (can sub bacon), cut into 1/2-inch to 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, (1 1/2 cups) chopped


1 Place beans in a large pot and cover with 2 inches of water. Soak overnight and drain. Alternatively, bring a pot with the beans covered with 2 inches of water to a boil, remove from heat and let soak for a hour, then drain.

2 Mix the molasses, brown sugar, mustard, and ground cloves with 3 cups of hot water.

3 Line the bottom of a slow-cooker (or a Dutch oven if you are cooking in the oven) with half of the salt pork (pick the fattiest pieces). Layer over with half of the drained beans. Add all of the onions in a layer, then top with another layer of beans and the remaining salt pork. Pour the molasses water mixture over the beans to just cover the beans.

4 Cover and cook in a slow-cooker on the low setting for 8 hours (or in a 250°F oven), until the beans are tender. Check the water level a few hours in, and if the beans need more water, add some. Add additional salt to taste if needed. Note that fresher beans will cook faster than older beans. Your beans may be ready in less than 8 hours, or they may take longer. Best the next day.

Serve with Boston brown bread.


Silliness – Laugh of the Day – Q: Why did the fishermen buy a new pole? Just for the halibut..

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