Lammas (1st August) is traditionally the time when the harvest was gathered. Lammas stands for ‘loaf mass’ and is also known as Lughnasa.

Prolific plums are ripening on the trees and it is a time for bottling fruit and jam-making.  I have been picking blackberries and checking on the sloes darkening on the bushes on my various walks.

It is also a good time for gathering ideas. Carry a notebook wherever you go – and use it to jot down anything of interest. A camera or phone that takes pictures is also useful.

Build your store cupboard of ideas that you can work on during the winter months. Treat the words like money in the bank.

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