Each Lughnasadh, I strive to harvest some of the wild grain from the hedges. Not only is harvesting grain traditional at this time of year, but I save it so my protogrove has something with which to weave Brighid crosses during Imbolc, six months later. With the amount of snow we get in January and February, we won’t have any access to the nice green reeds traditionally used in Ireland! So preparing for Imbolc is part of my Lughnasadh. It makes sense – we harvest so that we are prepared for the coming months, after all!
My daughter was such a big help this year. She’s learning to use scissors, so I let her use a child’s pair to cut the grass. Bee enthusiastically embraced the task. It’s so nice to share seasonal traditions with her. (I also found some blue vervain while we were out – a happy find!)