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Donnerstag, 1. September 2011

Spirals on a tree or the secret of the freeclimbing hardcore snails

 Now, back to earth...;-), I set out to do some foraging again... winter will come sooner than I´d like... got myself some hawthorn berries (crataegus laewigata, in German: Weißdorn, Mehlbeeren) to take home for starch, but as is, I am way too hoggish, and that was it... snacked them all up while walking, soooo I´ll have to do it all over again.
 But I got some cartload of blackberries (rubus sectio rubus, in German: Brombeere, British: brambles). This is a plant that has many properties. For instance, the leaves can be used as an antiseptic for inflammations of the mouth and pharynx. The dried leaves of lightly haired kinds can be used as a medicinal against mild diarrhoea. I even heard a preparation can be used externally against milder cases of neurodermitis or other chronical inflammations of the skin. In any case, the berries taste great to boot and can be used to make jam, jelly or cordial, wine and liquor. The plant might even hint to the Kenning of Muin, an Ogham letter, as a substitution for red wine grapes in ancient time. Its connotation after Mc Manus and Ranke - Graves is also "mountain of poesy". That did not help them a bit from being eaten by me, though;-).
....or by some wasps, coming to think of it....
On an elderberry twig I stripped I met this teenie-weenie-mini snail.... did not eat it, though, I am not THAT hoggish, mind you;-).
Went to the bank, too. Some idiot insists on leaving his crap in the woods, always at the same place, neatly stacked. So, since there´s a refund of 0,25€ on each of those cans, I took them GLADLY with me. 2,00€ quickly earned, and a cleaner wood in the bargain.
Then it was getting slightly strange. This snail stuck to a blackberry vine in some 2 m height. Quite a feat of freeclimbing, if you ask me!
Got some Chrome-Vanadium steel (or any such like stainless steel) stuck in the earth.
More elderberries (sambucus nigra, in German: Holunderbeeren). They have some interesting medicinal properties, too. Good as a tea (dried berries) against the flu, against mild kidney affections, and sweat inducing and bettering bloodflow. The berries are rich with Vitamin C and contain many flavonoids and the pigment antocyan, which is said to have an antiocarcinogenic effect. Green berries and other parts of the plant are rumoured to be toxic, containing the cyanogenic glycoside Sambunigrin. This might explain, why one old blacksmith told me a recipe for tempering knife and chisel blades in finely ground green elderberries, urine, soot and letting a piece of pork meat or rawhide rot in that concoction, and then tempering in it. It should get better with every turn... maybe I´ll try that some day...
 In any case, the berries were also used as a pigment in ancient times, for dyeing cloth and leather or even as a make-up or for colouring red wine. In Germany, myth had it told that Lady Holda / Holla, (Frau Holle) lived in a holly bush and one should tip one´s hat when passing. The plant had not to be hurt without offering to the tree or apologising in any way to it. I have also heard it should be good against witches, but I do not believe this crap any more*g. No plant whatsoever is good against witches.*g

This tree especially was full of snails, giving the impression of many spirals sprouting every which way. Im not much one for snails in any case, but this was a beautiful sight to behold. I dreamt that night and I saw a white tree with spiral branches and leaves... have to paint or draw that sometime soon.;-)
A nearby HAZEL bush (especially for my favourite harper, this one;-)) also bristled with snails, all at an impossible height. Weird.
Spot the snail....witches always grow between birches..., erm and hazel... and holly, that is.
Now you got me trapped, I forgot the name of this one. But the seeds (which are the wooly part) are great as tinder. If any one of you can enlighten me, you are very welcome, it will spare me hours of research in a fusty library;-).
This was kind of strange, too., normally, raspberries are done over here when blackberry season starts. But here they were, juicy, fruity, prosperous. Rubus Idaeus, in German: Himbeere. They are rich with vitamin C and many other vitamins. Find a very good instruction on raspberry leaf tea here.


It was an arduos day. I could go on endless, and I ´d certainly have posted more photos, but my camera gave up halfway through the hike. I did quite the hike, and then dropped by my mother´s place to prepare the berries and cook some more jam and drying some more fruit. I came home in the dark, fell into my bed, and had some weird, weird dreams. Not that this would be unusual in any case*g. (Hey, I only but recently learned to grin on the internet, and it´s fun!)

Kommentare:

  1. I think, those seeds are from cotton thistle (Eselsdistel), but there are so many types of thistles, so I'm not quite sure. But they all work well ;)
    That's funny, I found here also some snails at a height, which seemed really enormous in relation to this little snailythingy ;)
    And there also crawled some spirals through my head and I even drew them down on a piece of paper and a quite nice picture came out (a kind of mother goddess figure appeared there too suddenly and some tasty looking fruit). I'll repaint it on another (plain an clean *g*) paper and will show it when it is finished :)
    And the raspberry...aren't things from the Annwn sometimes glowing red ;)
    Oh, and you have a fav harper? WEIRD ;P

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  2. Sounds like you had an enjoyable time.

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  3. @drui: I am currently tending to develop a certain tolerance to some people I am only but shortly aquainted to*g and have the strong suspicion that I may have some talk with those certain people sometime soon, provided this feeling might be shared. I know several harpers, and they are mostly weird and not socially adequate. But then I have the strong suspicion that I might not be socially adequate either. Would explain my total lack of any career whatsoever*g.:P selber, immer zweima mehr wie Du! I look forward to seeing the painting, mine will come, too. Oh, and thanks again, you are very inspiring to me. Your posts and comments give me a lot of energy and dreams, and this is worth a lot to me!

    @gorges: It was, even if it´s a bit of arduous work these days. I actually forage for food in winter, since I want to know how far this can realistically go. So it´s quite some work at the moment, but I learn a lot from it. And I would not want it another way.

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  4. @drui: Three spoils of Annwn, three colours of the dying pigeon, three drops in the cold snow;
    Three are the dreams of the contemplating warrior...

    And yet, the moon on the water, and the dark and olden yew, and the threshold of rock of the unhewn dolmen in ages did not move.

    Red is the colour of blood and of the mind-raging wine,

    black as coal is the raven´s coat,

    white the moon on the cold snow...

    I dream the warrior sitting stunned in contemplation: Where might be the plains of joy, and the enduring love?

    And yet, the moon on the water, and the dark and olden yew, and the threshold of rock of the unhewn dolmen in ages did not move.

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  5. Now again, you know...this blushing thing *g*
    Uh, career, what was that again?? *g*

    That's worth it's own post ;)
    So beautiful and packed with symbols...great :)

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  6. I like it when you are blushing... fits in with the spoils of Annwn and I have the suspicion that that´s the place this strange thing started in the first place... Thanks again. Even if it´s inflationary.*g

    And I repeat myself over and over again, and it´s getting unlikely. But you are right, THIS (here) is worth its own post, albeit a shorter one...*g

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Now go on, discuss and rant and push my ego;-). As long as it´s a respectful message, every comment is welcome!

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