Tag: Christmas

Memories that shape us

This year my end of year message was going to be a deep and meaningful account of the kind of Christmases I grew up with and how those memories come back every year to make me 'homesick'. I was going to talk about.........

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Blessed Yule Feast

Hello Herb Lovers, Another year is coming to a close and it seems we have never been busier.  Maybe now is a good time for some reflection on what has been and what we would like yet to come.  I certainly know that there are quite a few changes...

Herbal year to come….

Hello herb lovers Did you have a great Christmas and New Year celebration? Well, I had a whirlwind trip around the globe which involved lots of food, drink and family en masse. There were also moments that involved snow – which was brilliant for our little (almost) two year...

Herbal Heaven

Good morning herb lovers, greetings from Germany!   I couldnt help myself, I just had to share my afternoon with you all. I am in Frankfurt with my family. There is a very old fashioned (very big, very beautiful, very busy etc) Christmas Market here that we spent time...

Holly decks the halls….

This popular Christmas decoration originated in Rome, where it was customary to send holly to friends during the festival of Saturnalia. Early Christians liked the custom so they kept it going. There is also some evidence that Druids used holly as a winter decoration.   According to Pliny the...

Rosemary at Christmas….

I came across a lovely Christmas related herb legend.   According to this legend, the flowers of rosemary were originally white. It wasn’t until the Virgin Mary laid her blue cloak upon the fragrant branches one day that the flowers took on the soft, blue colour. Up until the...