Imbrolic, Bridget and baking

I love these griddle scones and think I will be off to kitchen soon…

Losing the Plot

Yesterday (1st Feb) was one of the four quarter days in the old Celtic calendar; Imbrolic, and it marks the beginning of spring. The other quarter days are Beltane, Samhain, and Lughnasa, each with their own traditions.

Donkey’s years ago I used to work at the Ulster Folk Museum, and on 1st Feb – also known as St Bridget’s Day I would be up to my knees in reeds to make St Bridget’s crosses for our visitors.

The reeds, or ideally, rushes have to be pulled – not cut, preferably by the youngest girl in the family, before the sun rises.  Traditionally these are made each year and hung up over a door as a protection against fire.

As it turns out, long before she was a Saint, Bridget was a Celtic goddess in her own right, and her reach extended from the north west of Ireland through Scotland, The…

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