Friday, August 18, 2017

August in a Sun-Dappled Wood

I went into a hazel wood, 
Because a fire was in my head

- William Butler Yeats


Contents: 5x7 Print of Beech Tree, 4x6 Print of Torc Waterfall, Hazel Botanical Card, Fern Bookmark, Decorated Yeats' Poem "Song of Wandering Aengus," sorry leaves not included. 

The August Issue of Emerald Post is inspired by the wild woods of Celtic Lands, the reverence that ancient people held for trees, and the liminal, mystical magic of woodland and an enchanting poem by Ireland's own William Butler Yeats. A walk through a sun dappled wood delivered right to your mailbox. Cool your feet at the base of Torc Waterfall in Killarney National Park, Ireland. Marvel up at a towering beech tree in Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Ireland. Stoop to trace the details of a fern on the forest floor and learn of the lore of the Hazel Tree. Hear the verses of W.B. Yeats on the wind and as the forest canopy sways above you.  Send a woodland walk to a friend of take one for yourself HERE.




Thursday, August 10, 2017

Into the Woods


Summer's long days are waning and I can sense the approach of Autumn. Days have been mercifully cool lately and fill me with anticipation of crisp leaves and brazen trees. I'm currently getting the August Emerald Post ready to dispatch. It is inspired by the wild woods of Ireland, the  reverence that ancient people held for trees, and the liminal, mystical magic of woodlands all tied together by a Yeats' poem. The August issue will contain a 5x7 print, a 4x6 print, a skinny bookmark, a botanical card, and a little poetry. You can still get yours HERE.  A sneak peak below... and remember you can still use the coupon code FORTRESS15 for 15% off the shop till the end of the month! Also, if you were unable to leave a comment for the castle giveaway due to a blogger glitch please email me at emeraldpostoffice@gmail.com so that I can try to fix it and send you freebie. 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lúnasa


The beginning of August marks the old Irish Gaelic festival day of Lúnasa, halfway between summer solstice & autumn equinox, marking the beginning of harvest time and the turn from summer to winter. (In Irish, the word for August is Lúnasa.) It is a time to honor the sun, for Lúnasa (or Lughnasadh) is named for Lugh, the old Irish god of the Sun. It's a time to gather the first harvests, to light a bonfire in thanks for your blessings, bake a pie with freshly gathered blueberries, for matchmaking and hand-fasting, for pilgrimages to holy wells and sacred trees. Here Lúnasa arrived on a cool front, one I was aching for, a blessed foreshadowing of Autumn and all her finery. Happy Harvest to come. 

You can read more about Lúnasa and Irish customs at:
yourirish.com
Ireland Calling
Irish Central

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Castle Winner !

Congratulations Judy H ! You are the winner of the Castle Giveaway. Please contact me directly as soon as you can at emeraldpostoffice@gmail.com with the photo of your choice from the Castle Posts (include from which post as well as caption if you can) as well as a mailing address so that I can dispatch your prizes soon. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left comments. As a consolation prize, use the coupon code FORTRESS15 in the Emerald Post Shop to get 15% off anything on the shelves, including some castle inspired creations

Cahir Castle, Ireland