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Making Elderflower Cordial in Rural Portugal [with VIDEO]

Oh, I'm so glad it's May again! Spring is in full bloom, the birds are singing, the fields are green and filled with flowers and the buzzing of insects... and, of course, our friend Elder Tree (Sambucus nigra) is flowering too, gifting us the most pleasant scent and...

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Sheepskin Tanning Course at Charcos & Companhia

Sheepskin Tanning Course at Charcos & Companhia

Sheepskin Tanning Course at Charcos & Companhia Feeling deeply grateful for this group of human beings who joined me last weekend at Charcos & Companhia headquarters (Aveiro, Portugal) on a sheepskin tanning course to learn how to tan their own sheepskin ☺️...

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Rose Hip Syrup | Simple Recipe

Rose Hip Syrup | Simple Recipe

After sharing on Instagram about my first trials making Rose Hip Syrup, you asked me if I could share the recipe with you... well, of course I can! Rose hip syrup is super easy to make, and very nutritious too as rose hips are incredibly rich in vitamin C! Thus, I...

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How to make Black Mulberry Jam

A week or so ago, I went to visit a friend in the village. While talking about the idea of making blackberry jam, she suddenly said "oh, we should visit the mulberry trees!". Quickly, she gathered a small container and two pair of gloves, and off we went to the...

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Homemade Blackberry Jam (with honey | no pectin)

Who doesn't like blackberries, am I right? Ok, maybe some people don't, and that's ok. However, for those of us who LOVE blackberries, here is a recipe to make the most delicious blackberry jam! First things first, we need to forage for the blackberries. They are...

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How to make White Crowberries’ Jelly (Camarinhas)

Today I'm really happy to share with you my recipe of how to make white crowberries' jelly! Camarinhas (as we called them in portuguese) or Corema album (scientific name) are endemic to the Atlantic coastal dunes of the Iberian Peninsula and have been consumed since...

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Bioregional Animism

Bioregional Animism

What is (New) Animism? Many of us who learn about Animism feel attracted to it. The idea that the whole world is alive makes sense to many of us. In this article, I explain briefly the history behind this word, how it has been used in harmful ways towards indigenous...

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Reindeer Bone Flute || Song Improvisation

I'm so excited to share this one with you... I have finally finished my bone flute! Oh, and I'm so happy with it 😊 It was such a joyful but also challenging learning experience. The body of the flute wasn't so difficult to make, however, it took me quite a while to...

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Hello there! My name is Ana Filipa Piedade and I am a portuguese hide tanner and ancestral skills student, practioner and teacher who finds a lot of joy in sharing about traditional living skills with others. I hope you enjoy this space!

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