106: nectar of the gods

So…I MADE MEAD TODAY.  In a bucket, because I’m the epitome of class, and because I can’t seem to find 1 gallon carboys or 5L demijohns anywhere.

Have some pictures of my ingredients!


1/125sec, f / 3.2, ISO 400.

Weighing my mead in the only way I can.  Spoon meet bucket.  Spoon meet scale.


1/125sec, f / 3.2, ISO 400.

My must (a must is the honey water mixture).  This is 4 lbs of honey, 5L of water, an organic orange, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, and 25 raisins


1/60sec, f / 2.2, ISO 400.

I pretended I was Elvis and shook up my mead to aerate it (“I was all shook up” …if you didn’t get it)  This is before I’ve pitched my yeast, which I’m still waiting to do.  Just gotta get to the right temperature!


1/60sec, f / 2.2, ISO 400.

I can’t wait to drink this.  I really can’t.

087: a library gala and a spring celebration

Today is the day of the vernal equinox (the Spring Equinox!) and it has snowed pretty much all day.  I haven’t done much for celebration, since it’s less fun when I’m alone, but I woke and lit all the candles in the house until the dawn came.  Now, I’m sitting here on my third glass of sweet mead (a mandatory drink on almost any holiday), and I cooked myself a delicious vegetable pot pie.  Most of the things other people do (by this, I mean other pagans) I tend to like to wait until Easter to celebrate, like dying eggs, eating chocolates, and cooking massive dinners.  Easter is still one of my favourite holidays, and it just doesn’t feel right to dye eggs before Easter.

Anyhow, inebriated ramble aside, today’s picture is from the Smithers Secondary School Art Gala at the library!  A bunch of students in the photography class got together and took and framed some photos, and have been selling them this month through a silent auction, so I went to check it out.  As a photographer myself, there was little there to interest me, but the fundraising goes back into the school and the library and the community, and it was fun to see people come out for it.


1/30sec, f / 4.0, ISO 400.


1/25sec, f / 4.0, ISO 1600. Edited with Holga filters for fun!


Have a happy Spring!