The Journal

A collection of posts on gardening, herbalism, slow parenting and nature connection.

How to Make a Herbal Dream Pillow

How to Make a Herbal Dream Pillow

A dream pillow can be a magical way of encouraging better sleep and less nightmares. It’s a lovely thing to slowly make by hand during the abundant and light season of summer, ready for use in autumn and winter or to give as a gift. You can use many different herbs in...

How to Make an Infused Herbal Oil-Quick and Fast Methods

How to Make an Infused Herbal Oil-Quick and Fast Methods

One of my favourite herbal concoctions to make is a herbal infused oil. A herbal infused oil is a base oil such as olive oil or maybe sweet almond oil which has been permeated with the qualities and scent of herbs. These herbal oils can also have essential oils added...

Sweet Bilberry Bread Recipe to Celebrate Lammas.

Sweet Bilberry Bread Recipe to Celebrate Lammas.

This recipe is inspired by a bake I made as a child from Nigella Lawsons second book, How to eat, one of the first cookbooks I remember baking from. I’ve changed the recipe slightly to include seasonal bilberries although you could use blueberries or blackberries...

Meet the Tree Nature Connection Activity

Meet the Tree Nature Connection Activity

With the trees in full leaf it’s a perfect time of year to play this game with children or adults. This game is called Meeting a Tree. To play you’ll need a blindfold and at least two people. Meeting a Tree is a great game to play to activate the sense of touch and...

Ode to Lammas/Lughnasadh

Ode to Lammas/Lughnasadh

I often look to ancient nature or earth based celebrations as inspiration for how I approach the season. I find this very useful in parenting as well, as it gives me ideas for baking, books, crafts and themes to guide us through the summer months but with more...

Ideas for Summer Nature Crafts- Nature Kids Series

Ideas for Summer Nature Crafts- Nature Kids Series

With the thermal mass of the land and the sea at its warmest now there are many days of mellow summer ahead. The undeniable effect of the sun on our lives makes it a great theme for crafting with children. We enjoy making golden paper suns and hanging them around the...

Nature Connection Club

From monthly online gatherings where we create herbal remedies, to celebratory recipes, herbal tea mediations and hand crafted infusions the Nature Connection Club helps to gather us together, crafting rituals and slow living principles that can be woven into our lives, enriching the everyday.