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Burning branches

Monday, 23 Apr 12 Sunny 10°C / 50°F

Spent most of the weekend burning a huge pile of elder (sureau) branches that had been drying for over a year so went up pretty quickly. We made lots of small fires over what were the old stumps in a bid to burn them out of the ground as we try and clear the small land next to the stream.
The ashes are still fuming so we dont know how successful that has been yet, still the area where the branches were looks a lot tidier now.


  • AnneTanne

    AnneTanne wrote:

    I hope you know the folklore ;-)

    “if you burn elder , you skin a sheep” (meaning: when you burn elder, an animal from your lifestock will die)
    “Elder is the Lady’s Tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” (from a version of the Wiccan Rede)

    Posted on 23 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • FrancaisReve

    FrancaisReve wrote:

    Thanks Anne. We did try to explain to our french neighbour about potentially letting a witch out of the burning wood but he thought it was ridiculous and then decided to pretend to ride around on a broomstick. :)
    Thankfully we dont have any sheep in the area but the ducks looked nervous.

    Posted on 23 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • digfrance

    digfrance wrote:

    wow thats funny never new that. I will have to be more carefull what we burn. nice post thanks

    Posted on 24 Apr 12 (about 3 years ago)

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