This weekend has been a bit different from usual. We went to our first ever festival, although it wasn’t the music kind. The theme was sustainability and was designed to be suitable for families.
For anyone who wants to know more generally about Positive Vibrations, follow this link. The main thing for me to say here is that we had a great time and have learned a lot.
I’m really pleased that my daughter absorbed some of the information from the foraging workshop we did first thing on Saturday morning. Perhaps one day this will keep her alive, although I am hopeful that energy descent isn’t going to be the catastrophe some predict.
Nevertheless, foraging does give us food which we don’t have to pay for, which might also be more nutritious than even the fruit and veg I grow in my own garden. I say ‘might’ because I don’t know if this is an urban myth or knowledge borne of unbiased research. In any case, I now know more than I did two days ago.
Firstly, I might now not only be able to indentify a lime tree in the future
Secondly, I’ve learned the name of a wildflower which I have in the garden. Willowherb is apparently edible, but I’m not actually sure I want it to proliferate, going on what Gardeners’ World says about it (click on ‘Willowherb’ above for further information). So, until the day I start eating it, it will continue to come out.
Thirdly, I also learned what plantain looks like
and after putting the name in a search engine I realise I have some in my garden, although it is the broader leafed variety.
Again, I do not know when or if I will use plantain. On the other hand, I will probably try out the lip balm, ointment for muscle pain and cough medicine I learned to make later in the day. I even got to take home some of the first two.
I might also try my hand at making the following device, which a fellow festival goer brought along for use over a camp fire. Any idea what is in this?