Shield Bugs

rambling ratz

The recent warm weather in the UK has brought out a lot of insects in the garden. I spotted these green shield bugs getting friendly in the lilac flowers.2 green bugs mating in a purple flowerThe heady aroma of the lilac had clearly put them in the mood for romance.2 green bugs mating in a purple flowerphoto of green shield bug

These bugs are commonplace in British gardens, often basking on leaves in the sun. Being true bugs (see this post for further explanation here) they bite into the stalks of plants to drink the sap. However, they do not cause any significant damage. Their American cousins are known as stink bugs.

They hibernate through the winter as adults, then after mating, lay eggs underneath leaves. After hatching they go through a wingless nymph stage, before developing into the adult form. I found one nymph lurking in amongst my St John’s Wort.Photo of Green Shield Bug Nymph

It seems that these bugs are spreading north into Scotland due to the warming…

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The Druid’s Crane Bag

The Druid's Garden

A druid’s crane bag is a special bag, a magical bag, that many druids carry with them. Often full of shells, rocks, magical objects, feathers, stones, Ogham staves, representations of the elements, ritual tools, and much more, a crane bag is wonderfully unique to each druid! A few years ago, I shared a post about how to create a crane bag and a description of my bag at the time; today’s post revisits and deepens the treatment of this topic.  In this post, we’ll look at the concept of the crane bag and where it came from, four potential purposes for bags, and some tips and tricks for how to put them together and what they might include.  This is a wonderful part of the druid tradition that anyone, including those walking other paths, can enjoy!

My "ritual in a bag" crane bag, designed and created by me! My « ritual in a bag » crane bag, which I recently completed. 

Crane Bag…

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Ask Alloway!

Other Worlds

Ask Alloway: Expert Advice for the Confuzled and Bamboozled

A self-help book for rats and humans.

Have you ever wondered where you should hide your food stash? Or what to do when your wife starts flirting with a squirrel? Wonder no more. Alloway is here to answer your questions. 39664200.jpg

Warning: Alloway’s advice is often on the nose. Not suitable for young « hoomans » or little rattos.

Here is an interview with Alloway

Free to download from Lulu and Smashwords.

Print version available from Lulu and Amazon.

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Working Deeply with Water: A River Healing Ritual

The Druid's Garden

A healthy stream A healthy stream

One of the incredible things about the hydrologic (water) cycle on our great planet is how connected these cycles are and how a single drop of water may continually travel the globe over a period of time. The waters that rain down upon me here in Western PA likely came after being evaporated from the Pacific Ocean and making their way in gas form across the North American continent.  From the clouds, they solidfy and rain down, slowly moving down our mountain property to the stream that sits at the bottom of our property: Penn Run.  Penn Run leads into Two Lick Creek, which runs into Blacklick creek, which runs into the Conemaugh River.  The Conemaugh becomes the Kiskiminetas, which runs into the Allegheny, which meets the Monongahela in Pittsburgh and becomes the Ohio. After passing cities such as Cincinnati and Louisville, it merges with the Mississippi…

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What I learned from living with Three Dogs

Plants and Beyond

~The honor is all mine to learn from you and receive your unconditional love, adorable furry pets.

As you see they worship me. LOL. Not. Only if I have food in my hands or chewing it. They drop all, surround and demand their well-deserved food sharing. Sharing is caring, after all.

Living with pooches have been an angelic experience, multiplied 3 fold for me. They are unpretentious, honest, loyal and provide unconditional affection. Ignoring my occasional dreadful appearances, exhaustion or human-robotic working mode, they make their way in our hearts through most basic earthly necessity: LOVE.

img_7441-e1501960473619.jpgThis unconditional LOVE is showered on my family daily and if needed all day long. Once my dearest friend asked why I need so many dogs. My answer to her was to imagine life without her oldest boy and she couldn’t. Then, I asked her to imagine life without two of her kids, and…

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DIY: Create your own Vintage Plates With Water Slide Decal Paper

Sounds magical!

Instagram Post (DIY Vintage Plates)

Have you ever wanted to spice up your dinnerware with a cute design? You don’t have to buy expensive specialty work – you can actually get a great look from a design print, using only supplies that you may have lying around your house right now. You could even give new life to old plates and cups you can find cheaply in a junk shop.
If you love cats or dogs, then you are in the right place. I used for this DIY designs made by Lisa over at Lismore Paper. The dog was inspired by a photo sent to us on our request by Sophie over at Sophie’s Corner.
Take a look at how to add these cute designs to your plates and saucers using an accessible and cost effective method.

Hat Guide (need)

Step 1 – The Print

Hat Guide (difference)

You need to print your design out (you can use the inkjet that…

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