About – Belle & Candle


dialogue from the film Bell, Book and Candle;

Shep: That girl you know, Gillian Holroyd, she’s one.

Merle: A witch?

Shep : Yes!

Merle : Shep, you just never learned to spell.

Why Belle & Candle? From the Kim Novak, James Stewart Film – ‘Bell, Book and Candle‘ about a modern day witch who falls in love with a mortal. It is also a form of extreme excommunication for those of the Catholic persuasion that have committed ‘grievous sins’!  It’s my favorite film. One day I will have a cat called Pyewacket.

Whats this blog about? – It is really eclectic to be honest. If I were hash tagging i’d go with #garden #organic #allotment #natural #sustainable #herbs #remedies #folkmagic

Me – I live in Central England (Birmingham) with my Husband, two children, four chickens, two dogs and two cats. I long for Goats, but sadly a suburban 1950s semi is just no place for them.

Allotment and Garden – A new half plot Allotment 19b, still early days, but the plan is for this to be Organic, and to produce lots of vegetables, fruit and herbs for eating, storing and making.

Apothecary and Folk Remedies – I love the idea of a modern, suburban Apothecary Garden with herbs for culinary as well as medicinal usage. I am limited with space, with only a regular size garden and half plot allotment that has to work for many purposes, so trying to include as many medicinal herbs is a challenge – as well as learning to store and use them safely and correctly.

Folklore – Particularly old English Folklore and Legends and the wide array of characters and encounters that sit just outside waiting to leap at our windows, and lead us through misty moors.

Home Made – I like to experiment with Natural/Organic Beauty products that are a joy to use, really work and are from sustainable sources.  I also enjoy making and creating home made beauty products with an emphasis on herbs and everyday food items.

Hedge Witchery – I am fascinated by the old traditions of healing with herbs, marking the turn of the seasons and plant and animal lore. Who doesn’t need a little more magic in their lives? Even if only lighting a candle and making a wish.

Nature – I try to live in harmony with nature and the seasons, eat seasonally, consume sensibly and show nature the respect she deserves from all of us.

Happiest in the woods, allotment or the garden – with either a trowel or a glass of wine (ideally both)

I would be happy to review products or promote events from like minded people – please email belleandcandle@yahoo.co.uk or you can find me on Twitter HaileReed@belleandcandle

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  1. Hi

    You have been nominated for a One Lovely Blog Award. check out my blog http://www.fromchkarasgrimoire.wordpress.com

    Blessed Be!


    1. Thank you very much! Very appreciated! Happy Yule! X


  2. Years ago I helped a friend with her homework for a university anthropology course she was taking with a focus on witchcraft. As part of that work she wrote a paper on the movie, “Bell, Book, and Candle”. We must have watched it a dozen times as we picked out all the hidden and not so hidden symbolisms.

    It remains a favourite movie of mine.


    1. I love it too. I love the way it looks in particular. I always feel a little let down by the end though. I much prefer Gillian as a Witch in black selling African and tribal arts, than the pretty coral selling Gillian at the end. Personally I would have stuck with the cat!

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      1. I agree. 🙂


  3. Congratulations!
    I have nominated your blog for the Real Neat Blog Award.
    More about this nomination is at


    1. Thank you very much 🙂


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  5. Phil

    Love your blog! Any chance i could get the rss feed url? I use an rss feed reader to do all my bloggery…


    1. Thank you! I am so sorry it has taken me ages to reply! I don’t know what that is! I will do my best to find out and if I find it you can have it 🙂


  6. Hello! I would like to nominate you for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award. Here are the details: https://thestoryfairyslibrary.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wow – thank you very much! sorry for late reply, internet issues! 🙂


  7. BelleandCandle. I do not get to visit your site as often as I would like but when I do I throughly enjoy it!


  8. I am starting a Pagan Blog Directory on my site http://www.rituallymade.com I would love to add your blog to the directory. Check out the site and let me know if you would like to be listed.
    Thanks and blessed be


    1. Hi there, sorry it has taken a while, I would love for my site to be listed! Thank you! I had a baby last year so it’s all been a bit quite with the blog, hoping to get more time to post over the coming months. Thanks for your lovely comments and good luck with your site x


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