Gathering the good

Now that harvest is over, what happens next? If you thought ‘rest’, you are right. Rest follows the hard work of harvest in the seasonal cycle. In Maori society, Haratua, the month that followed the kumara harvest, was so quiet that it was often dropped...

Looking back on Samhain

Where do you keep memories of your ancestors? What about your memories of other loved ones who have died? Are they packed away in a box, or do you take them out from time to time, to leaf through, to taste like dark chocolate (bitter or sweet) or to cradle quietly in...

Unearthing in autumn

 We’ve done this before, you and I. It’s that time of year again, when the shadows are lengthening, the nights are growing cooler and it’s time for us to venture to the other side of the hill. At first we seem to be making straight for the sea, but...