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Herbs. Apothecary. Folk Remedies and Magic

The Lunar Society and Great Barr Hall – by the light of the moon.

I have, I confess, become a little obsessed with local history. It all started with the discovery of this Strawberry Hill Gothic Hall (Strawberry Hill Gothic a style of architecture popular in the nineteenth-century Gothic revival) lying in ruins behind a new housing estate, just a mile or so from my house in Great Barr. Great…

Sage Herblore

Often associated with the Autumn and Winter, it is actually late Spring and early Summer when Sage is truly at its most beautiful. It has become a common herb for cooks and one of the most popular garden herbs, however Sage also has a rich history of herb and folklore. Sage has traditionally been used…

Ramsoms – Wild Garlic

We were lucky enough to find a wonderful patch of Wild Garlic whilst roaming the woods around Kinver at the weekend. You can usually smell wild garlic before you see it, it has such a pungent aroma, however the flavor surprisingly, whilst unmistakably garlic is much softer and more subtly than the more common garlic…