Working with the stones, the earth and the sand of Ceratonia a clay oven has been made.
Fuelled by the old wood of the land, we cooked potatoes in under an hour which is much faster than our gas oven. We have also had delicious homemade pizza and gorgeous bread.
This year so far at Ceratonia there has been a huge amount of digging in the earth and moving stones and sorting of wood. Planting more trees, such as Carobs, Figs, Chestnuts, Bays, Magnolias and trees we have never heard of like the Bottle Tree (Brachychiton rupestris- meaning loves to be near or on rocks! Perfect for Ceratonia!!).
Many seeds have been sown, plenty vegetables for the new Kitchen garden as well as many herbs, the planting of shrubs and climbers is happening too. More to do and we love it! Especially seeing the tiny buds making their way through on many that we have already planted last year.
We have cleared all the old wood that was in piles all over the land, most has been stored for fire wood. One area has had rotting wood for years and now as the area has been sorted we have been left with gorgeous rich humus. It is exciting and we will be planting in this area soon.
We continue to make friends with ever more local plants, like this gorgeous Wild Madder (see below) that is used to make a dye.
Throughout all our hard work the birds sing, so many different birds and the Woodpeckers are especially busy!
Imbolc celebrations and Asphodel shone for us, as we studied this perfect plant for our Plant Study at Ceratonia. We learnt about the plants ability to help us find our direction and personal Will. Through strength and clarity this plant helps us get to the point.
Asphodelus ramous, Abrotea in Portuguese and of the Lily family.
We made a flower essence to enable us to share this medicine. The ancients boiled the root, clearing the acrid taste and leaving a nutrious food and medicine to clear obstructions and ease spasms.
Thank you to Maureen for all and especially for her wisdom.
Photos by both Corey and Jose.
Daisy Mae and Corey Smith at Ceratonia