Herb-Drying and a Late Spring
If there’s one tip that I would have loved to have included in Gifts for the Goddess on a Warm Spring Morn, it’s something that one of my Circle members told me right after the book went to press–a great tip for drying herbs.
Granted, here in Florida, it can be quite hot in the spring and summer, and I’m looking forward to giving this one a try myself. My Circle-mate says she dries her herbs by placing newspapers on her car seats and the herbs on top of them. Then she parks her car in the sun for the day, with the windows rolled up. Not only does she get dried herbs, but she also gets a rather aromatic car!
But even though this herb-drying tip didn’t make it into this particular book of the seasonal quartet, Aislinn and I are very happy with the book. In fact, I think it’s the best of the four books.
For those of you who don’t know the history of the Gifts for the Goddess series, my daughters and I started it years ago, initially giving away about $75,000 worth (retail, anyway) of the Summer edition to the Pagan and New Age communities as our “gift back” to our supporters. The first two books were published rather quickly–two of Spilled Candy’s first non-fiction books and remaining some of Spilled Candy’s most popular to this day. The Summer and Autumn editions are still our top website sellers, even though they were published in 2001.
The Winter edition was written years ago and postponed due to family matters–in particular, my divorce– but it was finally published last December. The Spring edition, which had been on hold for a while and wasn’t quite finished, features more tips from the past year or so when my daughters have been older and the “nature of our Crafts” and “crafts of Nature” have been a little different.
So I’m not completely sure of all the reasons I like this book best of the entire series, but I think it has something to do with being in a happier place in my personal life. So often the works we create in hard times sustain us, but the ones created in times of joy are just that much more expansive.
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