Syrups, elixirs, and tonics are my favorite herbal preparations to make and gift. I also keep a few on hand for myself. This is how I define these three concoctions. Syrup – Made with herbs, water, and sugar (or honey) Elixir – Made with herbs, honey (or maple syrup), and alcohol Tonic – Made with herbs, honey, and vinegar. Making a Syrup There are endless … Continue reading Syrups & Elixirs & Tonics, part 1
The beginnings of the known story about my 5th great-grandparents originates in Fishkill, NY. Fishkill is a town in the mid-Hudson River part of New York state. The records we have show that Primus and Parmelia Storms traveled to Vermont with Parmelia’s enslaver, Platt Rogers. Platt – with the help of Primus – founded the town of Basin Harbor, Vermont. But we don’t know much … Continue reading Fishkill, NY Trip – The Storm Slave Cemetery
I don’t know enough about mushrooms to be very fond of them – especially after watching that apocalyptic HBO series. But these fungi found in a Petersham forest are all quite beautiful. Hopefully, none will mutate and destroy mankind over a weekend. Aquene, Cher Continue reading The Mushrooms of Petersham
Motherwort, cedar, amaranth, black walnut, Joe Pye weed, and others. The Farm at Pequoig is always full of life and medicine. Aquene, Cher Continue reading Herbal Beauties at the Nipmuc Farm
I visited the Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary a few times this past fall. Norcross exists on traditional Nipmuc homelands and, as a Nipmuc woman, I possess the ancient right to forage there. Our women’s group also visited one day to gather cranberries and cedar. During my visits, I gathered medicinal plants to be added to teas and salves. I also gathered cedar for ceremonial use. I … Continue reading Fall Foraging
My friend Anika Lopes from Ancestral Bridges is also a talented milliner. She gifted me with this beautiful hand-stitched hat yesterday. I added the beaded-on-birch bark hat band. I think I’ll wear it both ways! Aquene, Cher Continue reading my new hat
I’ve had this site for some years but never promoted it. Omeka is a free, open-source platform that allows you to display collections as well as stories that explain the collections. I use it in the opposite manner – I tell stories and add documents or videos to support the stories. If you visit ‘We Never Left’, you can download the photos and documents that … Continue reading Check out my Omeka Site!!