Touchstone Labyrinth in Blackmuir Wood, Strathpeffer. Illustrates the different rock types and geological ages found in Scotland. And the labyrinth is based on Celtic and Pictish designs. Information boards identify the rock type for each boulder and explain how alignment of the "arms" is related to events such as the solstice. Really just a spiral.
Ivy, Ogham name Gort, rules 30th September to 27th October. Evergreen Ivy is said to house the Spirit of Nature during the dead of Winter, and so represents regeneration, preserving life to continue the next year. The last sheaf of corn to be cut each harvest was bound round with Ivy called the Ivy Girl, to preserve the spirit of the corn until the following years harvest.
"The Llantrisant Mari Lwyd broke the law at the Banbury Hobby Horse Festival - along with a whole host of startling creatures this week. A local act which dates back to the 17th Century forbids men to dress up as animals - and it has never been repealed."
how to make yule mead: HOW TO MAKE "YULE-MEAD" Recipe for for 5.5 gallons ( A rich spicy and flavorful mead for winter sipping ) 18 lbs honey ( I like to use a dark fall wildflower for this recipe ) 4 large Oranges use zest and juice. 1 lb. Raisins, Dates or Figs…or a mix of all 3 5- Vanilla beans cut and scrapped. 9 oz. Chopped candied ginger. 0.5 oz. Crushed juniper berries 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon. 1 tsp. Nutmeg 1 tsp. Cardamon 1 tsp.