Thursday, December 1, 2011
A Wander to the Woods
I walk by the river as often as I can, because it's a beautiful path that I never get tired of. There is always something to see, a new bird to spot (even though I'm not a birder and have no clue what I'm looking at,) or a wildflower or plant to try to identify. But sometimes...I feel the need to get up higher than the Valley floor, so I took off for an hour on the weekend, and headed up into the hills.
We've been fortunate this year, so far. We had a brief snow in early November, but it has mostly melted except at the higher elevations. I didn't get too far up the hill before I was seeing pockets of snow, but there was none on the road to hinder my drive. I can't tell you how lucky I feel to live in a place where I can drive 5 minutes up the road and be on my way into the woods!
While wandering I spotted this very Fey tree. I'm not sure why this Fir decided to throw a curve in it's trunk, but it looks neat! It was also offering up some lovely resin (just a few tears) which I collected and then left my own offering. I think there will be a very small batch of woodsy incense in my future!
Speaking of incense, I wanted to share my Yule incense recipe. I like it so much that I'm going to make a huge batch this weekend so that I have plenty to burn over the Winter.
2 parts Fir needles (you could use pine, but I like fir for my Yule tree.)
1 part clove
1 part frankincense
1 part myrrh
5 star anise seeds
½ part amber resin
I find that the frankincense, myrrh and amber help the incense to stick, but you could add a bit of honey as a binding ingredient if you wanted it more chunky - just make sure you give it time to dry completely.
Burn on a charcoal disk on a heat-safe bowl or plate and enjoy!
I hope you find time during this busy season to take a walk in your area, and enjoy what the Winter has to offer!