Harvesting First Fruits – Kitchen Witchery

Witchcraft is not just about spells and ritual and its great to return to the land and our source and there is no better time than at harvest. As pagans it is far too easy to be carried away with the mystical aspects of our path and thus lose our physical connection to the land and its offerings.  In a quest to be greater connected physically we decided we would go out in the sun this afternoon to harvest Blackberries for jams and wines. After suffering stinging nettles, blackberry bush thorns, and some mushy blackberries stains, we left with around 2lb of fruit in  carrier bags .

We will also turn our attention to the Blackthorn Sloes which appear to be coming ripe around Tameside. Apparently they are early this year and whilst it might be best to wait until first frost they will be added to Gin with a raft of sugar and should be ready just in time for Yule.

All things being equal the Blackthorn Coven at best will have plenty to drink at our rituals!!

Only a few days to go…

The Blackthorn Coven has now been established since December 2009 and it is growing from strength to strength in the Manchester area – whilst we have spent a few months consolidating our core group of members and establishing our foundations we are now ready to open our doors to new members and open up our Training Coven.

On Tuesday 10th August 2010 we will be holding our first open Coven Meetup – which is a social event aimed at all pagans interested in Traditional Witchcraft and  those interested in meeting like minded souls. We will be meeting at Fairfield Arms, Manchester Road, Audenshaw, Manchester. We start at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to attend including those completely new to the paganism and the craft.

For those that have not joined our meet up group yet you can do so on http://www.meetup.com/Witches-of-the-North-West/