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gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 20 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It may be July but it is Autumnal

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 9061
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 20 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Very. Wind is blowing a gale here and it is definitely not warm!

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 14382

PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 20 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It was quite windy here yesterday too. I put on a jacket to go down the road, but was still wearing sandals. Managed to do a bit in the garden as it was only sort of drizzle in the air, but spent a reasonable amount of time in the greenhouse thinning out the grapes. Wind seems to have dropped a bit today.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 9061
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 20 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The wind is worse here today than yesterday. Our neighbour lost their gazebo - can't say I'm sorry as it was rather ugly. yes, I know, I'm being mean.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 20 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We helped son to move house yesterday, and they have a bank and trees to the west, so rather hot there. Think it was still windy at home though.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 9061
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 20 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Still windy here this morning but has lessened through the day.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 20 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Same here...clouds building back up though

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 9061
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 20 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Low wind today but so grey and gloomy! I really wish it would brighten up a bit.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 14382

PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 20 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The weather here has been quite good. I haven't been able to go raspberry hunting in the woods again over the last few days, but think there should be some more. Saw the first of the early dewberries colouring in the garden, although most of the blackberries are still in flower.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 7352
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 20 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Foraged a few raspberries and there are lots of small blackberries around our way. Hopefully it will be a bumper year for them.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 42976
Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 20 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

if travel was sensible i would be high and looking for bilberries, i know a few places but one has a microclimate that has favoured the huge sweeter ones which are delightful,
the little ones are ace as well

a hat and an afro comb are the tools for the job, same as red and black currants etc

there is a sort of cup/comb combo on a handle tool for harvesting such small berries or you can sweep them by swinging a small basket quite vigorously through the bush in what is best described as a scything style

no tools is possible but slow and you will look like a battle ready celt in a cloud of wasps quite soon.
tis messy if they are damp and perfect, a little less so when they are "currant dry"

bilberries are my top forage berry although rasp and wild straw are pretty good.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
Posts: 7352
Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 20 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I used to go foraging for bilberries on Pendle hill when I was a kid. Very yummy they are. Not seen any for years though. Then again my BIL used to take me to help him forge for magic mushrooms when I was a kid and I've not seen any of those for years either.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 42976
Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 20 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

38 seasons then i had no more to learn there

old shamen are a little odd even if they can be wise and effective

a while back a "pupil" in a different context asked me about woody nightshade to see if i knew my plants, my reply was along the lines of that would be a very different course rather than can you find water?

i quite liked W N even though it is edgy and worrying, the physical stuff is a bit weird but as a shamanic forage it does have some good educational points

don't unless you like shamanic ethno pharma botany


wormwood and valerian potcheen is very special

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 9061
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 20 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I think I'll stick with plain old alcohol.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 42976
Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 20 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    


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