Lughnasadh, on August 1st, is a festival celebrating the beginning of a fruitful harvest. Lughnasadh is also a time for bread-making and corn-dollies – wheat decorations made with the first of the wheat harvest that hold the spirit of the grain until the next planting when they are planted along with the next crop.
Today, I harvested some blackberries and figs, made a batch of sourdough rolls, put up a batch of Early Gravenstein applesauce and another of blackberry ginger jelly. Then I wove my first corn (wheat) dolly. It’s not perfect, but I think I started figuring it out toward the end and the next one should be better.