Hello and welcome to Witchy Wednesdays!
The three of us—Airlie, Belle and Busy—enjoyed getting to know each other so much during the creation of MAGIC REMEMBERED that we decided to keep the show going. You’ll see us here weekly opining on any number of topics, from Urban Fantasy, Romance, and Paranormal Romance books, to herbs and wands and other witchy things.
Our first topic was a no-brainer: The Ubiquitousness of Pumpkin Pie Spice EVERYTHING as soon as September arrives.
Belle: I’ll start us off by saying the more the merrier! I *LOVE* switching up how I use herbs and spices as seasons change, and this time of year is all about fresh ground everything: cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg. Touches of ginger. None of that commercially prepared stuff for me. I tweak the proportions depending on whether I’m adding it to oatmeal, cider, or pies and I swear, every year I have to add another mortar and pestle to my collection.
Airlie: I second what you said about changing things up according to the season, Belle, but I’m more of a single-spice-note kind of gal. To my nose, lots of spices tossed together is akin to walking into a room where everyone is talking at the same time and no one is listening. I can’t do it. Give me warmed apple cider with a single cinnamon stick, and I am good to go.
Busy B.: Airlie, I’m with you. Give me a mug of chai sweetened with honey, with maybe a dollop of nut milk and I am one happy witch.
Belle: So if we were going to recreate a famous all-girl band, what spice would you be?
Airlie: That’s easy. Single Spice! Oh, wait, River wouldn’t appreciate that at all… how about, Monogamous Spice!
Busy B.: Hmm… Honey Spice? Humming Spice? Sticky Spice?
Belle: I’ll take I Just Can’t Get Enough Spice. And now I really need to go grind some coffee beans and fire up my frothing machine and see if I can entice my favorite druid into watching reruns of Schitt’s Creek.
Airlie Redflesh is a Water Witch, based in and around the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. She enjoys all bodies of water, from rivers to lakes to the ocean. Along with her significant other, River Otterman (Druid and Spelunker), she is active in environmental groups dedicated to maintaining the health of the world’s waterways.
Belle de Boskoop is a Plant Witch. She has called Salt Spring Island home her entire life. As a practicing Herbalist, she works with clients in person and online, creating personalized healthcare and beauty products, as well as designing urban and suburban healing gardens.
Busy B. Heive has always had a thing for bees and is the only self-appointed Bee Witch in Canada. She calls the Comox Valley of Vancouver Island home and sees to the health and well-being of hundreds of hives throughout British Columbia.