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Summer potions

22 July 2014

With all the wonderful wild flowers in bloom my mind has been turning to their medicinal uses.

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Here are my 2 potions, one red and one blue. They looked so great I had to blog about them.

 

The red one is St.John’s Wort oil, following a recipe in ‘Hedgerow Medicine‘. Made with the flowers and some olive oil, it’s almost ready to strain. It should be great for aches and pains.

The blue one is a Plantain tincture for insect bites and stings (I’ve been suffering this year).  I found the recipe on this great site and knew I had to try it. I’m usually not keen on tinctures because of the use of alcohol but this one uses cider vinegar. Cider Vinegar is great anyway and I added the plantain leaves, seeds, some red clover and a bit of lavender from the garden.

 

I love making these natural remedies for my family and it give me a great reason to go out wandering in wild flower meadows.

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52 Weeks in nature

20 July 2014

We have had some dramatic weather in the UK this weekend, extreme heat and lots of storms. Not what we are used to.

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I took this picture around midnight. This was the only one where I managed to capture a small fork of lightning (if you look closely!). In other nature news, my daughter (who is terrified of spiders) found hundreds of tiny white baby spiders in her cycle helmet.

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What an unlikely home.

Snail Post

15 July 2014

We have been getting into snails and it all started when we spotted this little lady

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Isn’t she beautiful (and you can store special things in her shell). My kids love her hence her antennae are slightly broken now! When we saw a glass snail we knew we had to add it to our ‘collection’

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and I decided to knit a snail following this great pattern

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I also came across this great blog for snail lovers with adorable pictures.

So why the interest in snails? They are actually quite a nuisance in our garden and have eaten most of our sunflowers but maybe they are trying to tell us something about slowing down and taking life as it comes? Something I hope we will be starting to do after next wednesday when the summer holidays start (Yeh!)

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YouTube Fun

15 July 2014

I really love YouTube, it’s great to be able to show ‘things’ to my kids and to learn new stuff myself. I thought I’d share some things we have been watching.

This has been around for a while but we were watching it again and noticing the next fable is due out August 2014 – something to look out for. If you haven’t watched this yet then please do!

I also downloaded the EP from here. My children think the music is a bit scary and my husband thinks it’s nonsense but I like it! I think it’s atmospheric. What do you think?

 

Talking of music, I’ve also been enjoying First Aid Kit

 

I recently discovered all the great Yoga workouts on YouTube as well, here is one of my favourites

Now I must be able to find 10 minutes to do this a couple of times a week!

 

Finally, someone posted this old clip on Facebook the other day and I got to show my girls all the great skipping. It inspired us to get out into the garden with our skipping ropes.

 

Are you impressed that I figured out how to embed you-tube clips? I am!