A Druid’s Web Log – A Harvest of Acorns

The big news this Moonth has been ACORNS. This amazing food source is available to us for free, wherever there are oak trees. Our European ancestors relied on them for carbohydrates, thousands of years before wheat ever made an appearance. If you are lucky enough to have a White Oak tree (Quercus alba) leaching won’t be much of a problem. For all other oaks you:

  1. collect the nuts
  2. smash them one at a time between two rocks and pick out the meat
  3. immediately drop the meat into a bowl of fresh water so they don’t oxidize
  4. grind the nuts in a blender
  5. store in the fridge, covered with water for 2 weeks, changing the water every day
  6. strain and bake the ground up nuts in a slow over (80 – 100 degrees) for about a hour with the oven door slightly open to let out steam
  7. grind in a coffee grinder and make into flour.

You will find recipes for acorn cakes, breads, etc. in my newest herbal SECRET MEDICINES FROM YOUR GARDEN (Healing Arts Press).

Acorns are an amazing crop that can feed humanity without cutting, killing, tearing up the soil, or using water for irrigation.

PLEASE make sure you are registered to vote. THEN GO AND VOTE! The future of the Earth is at stake, the Supreme Court, and many other things!

*Below you will find the usual assortment of book news, archaeology, nature, climate, Druid, Fairy, religion, herb and health news. Enjoy!*

BOOK NEWS

  • Secret Medicines from Your Garden: Plants for Healing, Spirituality, and Magic
    Written by Lisa Mc Sherry
    Published: 17 September 2016
    I have old favorites in my book collection, especially amongst my herbals. My copy of Cunningham’s Encyclopedia is dog-eared and just this side of tattered.
    I’ve got a new favorite to add to that shelf.
    Hopman starts off with an unusual choice, a chapter on wild crafting. It’s odd and brilliant and wonderful to be introduced to this subject through the eyes of an herbalist and druid. Hopman takes us through the seasons, ending with a chapter on (winter) cold and flu care and then bug repellents. Honestly, that section alone made me happy.
    The reader is then treated to discussions on more subtle aspects of the plant world, including herbal astrology and communing with the plant spirits. I fell in love with Secret Medicines all over again with her chapter on Bee Medicine in the third part. I was completely impressed with her final section: Formula Making.
    It was odd to get used to, but I came to appreciate how plants are the focus in one section, only to sprout again in another, thus revealing new information that may be overlooked by others. I also appreciated how Hopman constantly encourages the reader to make whatever path they walk their own.
    This is an excellent primer and highly recommended.
    ~review by Lisa Mc Sherry
    Author: Ellen Evert Hopman
    Healing Arts Press, 2016
    pp. 384, $19.45*You can purchase this book and others through this website and get a signed copy with a personal note!* *Yule is coming!*
  • An interview on blog talk radio 9/20/2016 – my part starts at mark 1:07
  • September 15, 2016 A radio interview   WMCB-lp 107.9FM
    Low Power Radio for Greenfield Massachusetts & Franklin County

ARCHEOLOGY NEWS

HERB NEWS

HEALTH NEWS

CLIMATE AND NATURE NEWS

FAIRY NEWS

CELTIC NEWS

RELIGION NEWS

POLITICS AND ETHICS

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Preparing for Solstice 2012

Winter has finally arrived up here on the mountain. Frost is sparkling on the brown leaves and desiccated greenery of the forest. I love to walk outside under the Moon and experience the crackle of frozen oak leaves and play my flashlight upon shimmering ice. Late at night when I step outside to bid goodnight to the sky and the stars I can often hear deer or moose crunching on the leaf litter around the house.

The pond down the road freezes at night but by day it still melts back enough that the resident waterfowl can take a swim.

The bird feeders are swarming with visitors; the goldfinches are now muted and beige, cardinals, chickadees, titmice, juncos, sparrows and nuthatches come by in a steady stream. Several sizes of woodpeckers frequent the suet tray.

My long haired black cat and the neighbor’s snow white cat both wait hopefully just under the feeder but in weeks not one bird has fallen prey to them.

Everyone around here is looking forward to Solstice on December 21 at about 6 AM. The world will not end on that day but there will be more focus than usual due to all the Mayan calendar end of the world hype. We are going to focus on creating a better future for the planet and all of Her creatures. I hope everyone who reads this will offer up a special prayer for the oceans, land, trees, plants, animals and people on that morning.

Below you will find the latest book, nature, health, archaeology and other news. As usual, ENJOY!

BOOK NEWS

*You can order all these books from me and get a signed copy and a personal note*

ANTHROPOLOGY

HEALTH NEWS

CELTIC NEWS

PAGAN NEWS

ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS

ARTS NEWS

POLITICS/ETHICS (it’s the same thing)

NATURE NEWS

May the Winter bring you every blessing of the dreaming dark. May peace truly descend upon all creatures.