I already have Coltsfoot included in my photo set of wildflowers, but it was hard to resist snapping the first blooms of the season. A Modern Herbal has the medicinal uses for it, but in addition to those Coltsfoot cheers the heart.
I have not seen the Early Saxifrage this year, and the Chickweed almost had me fooled. Two years ago I nicked some of the Periwinkle Myrtle (I linked to M. Grieve’s entry for Periwinkles as the blooms are the same, but this species is different) for my back yard pots and it is going strong; however, until I get the gardens in more order, I’ll not be taking pics. Purple Deadnettle will be all over soon in the corners of newly sewn fields and some of it will stick around through summer.
The price was rubbed off of this B & M Portuguese kettle and I think the cashier thought I had done it. I am naive sometimes. I didn’t know people even did that at thrift shops. The manager came over and gave it a weird but very low price. I asked if he was sure because clearly even in the condition I found it, it was nearly perfect. He insisted. The handle and screws are brass and wood. This will be used!
I should remember to carry a magnet with me when thrifting. I should remember a lot of things. But these were adorable and less than a dollar, so even though they aren’t solid brass, they were a decent find.
The ornate ones are a lighter color so I am not sure what they are, but they are solid. It may seem odd to be shining metal when on vacation time, but I found it relaxing. I listened to Oliver Sacks’ book Hallucinations while I worked with these. (Fascinating book which I may write about later because it does put the idea of otherworlds, OBE’s and astral things in a new light. But right now, I’d rather give a useful tip about polishing ornate things.) Using bamboo skewers with the nonabrasive cleaner makes shining ornate things easier. As the pointy tip mashes up it will get into the tiny crevices and buff them beautifully.
I went looking for the bald eagles at Old Woman Creek but the best I could find was their awesome visitor center tiles. I made several sets of curtains for the office and the dining room (only a pic of the green, sorry) and a dress from the extra fabric. I still use sheets because the price per yard is usually outstanding.
Every spring and fall there are little fish kills due to the change in water temperatures, but this year there seemed a bit more than usual. They weren’t Sheepshead I saw on closer inspection (the year they had a kill I came home with 30 + lucky stones per beach visit), but Gizzard Shad. So while there will be no influx of otoliths, the seagulls will be very well fed.
I did reflect and write a bit about the underneath of things, but as usual these days (years), the writing is more for me than for blogging. It should be obvious that sometimes to find the beauty or usefulness in a thing it requires taking on a different perspective and often work. I am not afraid of either and find solace in both.
A Spring Drink Recipe – Bitter Be Gone: Equal parts mugwort and a flavored tea. Steep, chill and sweeten (in that order especially if using raw honey to retain those benefits). Never before has the dream herb gone down so easily and pleasantly. Oh, this needs to be used in moderation! For those who’ve never tried it, be prepared for vivid dreams (some say prophetic) and major phosphene shows.