The nights are dark, and the wind and rain is picking up. But the sky fills with fire and sparkles, and berries drip from branches ready to be picked. November is the month the world beds down for Winter and is a lovely time of inwardness and calm.
November: from the Latin "novim", meaning "nine" as it was the ninth month in the old Roman calendar. Called by Anglo-Saxons "Wind month".
1st - Samhain and All Saints Day
1st-2nd - All Souls Day and Soul Cakes
4th - Mischief Night
5th - Guy Fawkes Night
8th - Full moon (beaver moon)
23rd - St Clements Day
23rd - New moon (Sagittarius)
30th - St Andrews Day
Soul Cakes are like hot cross buns without crosses or currants. Children were sent door to door "souling" and were given soul cakes. Find a recipe here:
Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot!
What I'm foraging this month:
Haws for jelly
Pine needles for tea
Chestnuts to roast
Dandelion for goats cheese salads
Sloes for gin