The fruits of my labors are starting to pay off. The seeds I had blessed are now growing into a beautiful herb garden. Pictured are Basil, dwarf parsley, Dill, Chives, Basil (Sweet and Purple), Borage, and Nasturtium.
I harvested some herbs to press and add the information to my herbal grimoire
From left to right: Dill, Sweet Basil, Purple Basil, Mint, Red Clover
My sister and I took a trip to the local farmer's market and we found some real maple syrup (and some maple cotton candy too!). I got some great buys on Tomatoes, Zucchini, Leeks, and Corn. The corn was $3.00 for a half dozen but the very nice woman working the stand threw in an extra ear. She claimed the corn was small this year and with the drought we've been having I'm not surprised. But still it was a wonderful gesture. I can't wait to go back.
When I arrived back home, I took out some fresh parsley that we had left over made a loaf of garlic and parsley bread to use as offering, along with some fresh Basil, fresh cream and a small container of maple syrup.
I started my ritual by reading invocations from the Hymns of Orpheus. It's so easy to let your voice fall into a musical cadence while reciting his poetry. So, putting on some music, I did, swaying slightly with the rhythm as I read the Hymn to Ceres. I also read the Hymn to Apollo the same way and I noticed my candle flames burning tall and strong. I think the Gods notice when we're joyful in our observances and, what can I say, it had been a great day.