Baeldaeg’s Folk

Baeldaeg’s Folk (Angles) Woden, legendary king of Angeln, is claimed as an ancestor figure by many of the Anglian, Jutish and Saxon tribes which migrated to Britain. Although entirely impossible to prove, one theory is that this semi-mythical figure represents a powerful Anglian king whose many sons and their descendants found or created positions of…

The Solar Wheel

Long ago when our ancient ancestors roamed under the shadow of the great glaciers, the appearance of the sun was hailed as maegencraeft. This holy power warmed the frozen soil so that the earth’s fertility was awakened, ending the long starvation months of winter.  Carved on cavern walls and etched on standing stones, our ancient…

A Spread of Green Growth

The summer is winding down and I have to admit that with the cooler weather this year, I had been able to begin (but not complete, of course) many projects that have been on my to-do list for quite some time. We celebrated Midsummer and enjoyed the first great harvests from the gardens.  Our tomatoes…

Pulling Fodder on the Homestead

As part of my long term planning, I can’t help but think about how I would feed my livestock during times of hardship. This is something that every responsible husbandman should do, but I tend to dwell a little longer on the subject because of my interests. I often wonder how my own ancestors kept…

We used to have carrots and pumpkins.

“One for the squirrel, one for the crow, three to come up and two to grow.” In years gone by, this little rhyme must have been taught to kids from an early age as part of the training they would need once the family farm had fallen to the care of the next generation. Thinking…

The Language of Nature

The tide of Summer has deepened and on our homestead we have finally begun to pull more crops than weeds. As the excitement of Midsummer fades into the long, hot days of July, I find myself thinking about nature and what it really means to me and my family. Enthroned on my wicker chair, only…

Waelburges Night Fires Across the Land

May 31 brought the exciting eve of May Day, Waelburges Night, here on our homestead. The evening was cool as we gathered around a table laden with various pieces of lamb and fish and fresh baked potatoes.  For drinks we had our own homemade strawberry punch and a selection of mead and berry wine.  I…

The Long Nights Cold Draw To A Close

Hrafnkell settled the whole of the valley, bestowing lands on other people, on condition of being their chief; and thus he assumed priesthood over them. As Spring fades away into the summer season, our lazy way of raising chickens has been moving steadily along.  We enjoy taking a natural approach to our flock, providing them…

The Estate Greenhouse: First Year Experiment Part 1

Spring 2017 was a season dedicated to new ideas, plenty of experiments and the hope that my ever growing list of projects would finally dwindle to something akin to manageable. Our first great experiment of the year was to sow seeds in the new greenhouse.  Before we could step foot outside, however, I thought it…

After Yule the Quiet Begins

At Yule the Earl gave him a gold ring.   Our first planting of the 2017 season was the addition of 6 new semi dwarf fruit trees that went into the ground on a cold day that had brought a light dusting of snow.  It felt good to put something into the ground during a…