The Journal

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

The Art of the Garden Bath

The Art of the Garden Bath

A beautiful summer gratitude ritual is running a Garden Bath. I have talked about garden baths before in some of rituals and rhythms episodes because it is such a simple but divine thing. With summer being a time when many herbs are at their best and the garden is...

Tips for Tantalising Tomatoes

Tips for Tantalising Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a popular plant to grow thanks to their delicious fruit, but they can be prone to blight and low cropping. The way to avoid these issues is to keep up their maintenance. With a bit of work you’ll find your tomato plants will flourish and give you a...

Rose Sponge Cake for Summer

Rose Sponge Cake for Summer

I have to have a cake to celebrate summer, I adore baking and sweet things so it seems inevitable that I should find an excuse to bake something and the mid month of summer seems like a perfect reason to me to get out my cake tins. My cake of choice in July is most...

Things to Spot in Nature in July

Things to Spot in Nature in July

Apart from the glorious flowers, there’s lots to enjoy outdoors this month, so for those of you who enjoy nature spotting or journaling here are a few things to look out for. -As the nettles go into flower, the butterflies start to lay their eggs on the leaves. You...

Honeysuckle Cough Syrup

Honeysuckle Cough Syrup

Of all the plants growing in July the two I am enjoying the most are the elderflower which sadly are beginning to fade and shed their tiny petals, and the opulently scented honeysuckle. Both of these flowers are quite dominating with their scent. They are not blossoms...

Ode to July

Ode to July

July in Ireland is perhaps a little different to other countries, where the heat can dictate the entire day and the sun is high and hot in the sky. As I’m recording this episode a heat wave is predicted for later on this month and personally I cannot wait. The last 4...

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.