Sunday, 5 April 2015

Gifts of Springtime

Now when I run especially in the spring, I run as a mindful gatherer. The plants on the bottom left are Ramsoms wild garlic the new leaves are wonderful in home made muffins and omelets, and pesto, in a few weeks the white flowers will appear, you can put those into your salads, the plant smells very strongly of garlic. On the right at the bottom are the new leaves of comfrey  when it grows  a little more its leaves  are a bonus in the compost heap and will increase the compost heap nitrogen value. My favourite is the nettle, pluck them now and revel in them, the young shoots cooked taste delicate and delicious, make a herb tea, or add to an quiche or omelette, make sure you cook nettle thoroughly  though..even the young shoots can sting !! they are popped into my backpack with care, not too many from each place..the land smells sweet and fresh.

The skies this morning are moody and grey, the ploughed fields ready for planting, everywhere is bird song and buds that are showing green. In the lakes on Thursday the hills still showed a mantle of snowy peaks, but the sun was warm, and the hills without the ferns good to climb, scatterings of primroses and daffodils whispered in woody clearings... Spring I hope is not to far away.









Good Friday goodies



Lovely new eggs


A huge welcome to Spring xx



13 comments:

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Wishing you a joyful Easter Lynn and enjoy the bounties of Spring.
Believe it or not we are still getting wet snow!
Susan x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ahhhh...sublime, peaceful, thoughtful, lovely. May this day be filled with sweet surprises of your heart. Anita

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

All is so very beautiful where you are, Lynn. I love all the artistic touches in your home. Enjoy spring!
xo,
Lin

LeeAnn at Mrs Black's said...

Happy Easter to you and yours Lynn! I love your kitchen, so pretty. That tablecloth .... envy. I like making soup from nettles, it is tastier than most would think, and very good for us. Add a spoon of thick yogurt, or if you feel naughty cream. (If the cat doesn't get it). x

Vicki Boster said...

Happy Easter dear Lynn... Wishing you a wonderful welcome to Spring. Finally we can start to enjoy the beautiful days:)
Vicki

sarah said...

Blessings for the new season to you. I love your kitchen!

Christelle said...

Happy easter !!!

Seawashed Living said...

The goodness the earth brings...happy spring gatherings to you my friend. I have had my hands in the soil almost daily tending our tiny garden plot. Our trees have grown so much that they have become a haven for the birds. We watched the hummingbirds mate this weekend. Nature is my solace.

Mrs Bertimus said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful sentiments.
Thank you x

Mrs Bertimus said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful sentiments.
Thank you x

Aga Gasiniak said...

Gorgeous and inspiring blog. Thank you for sharing!

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Madelief said...

Dear Lynn,

Hope you had a lovely Easter?! Running doesn't sound too bad this way, with all the treasures you find!

Hope the weather is as beautiful in the UK now as it is in Holland!

A Happy weekend!

Madelief x

Gail said...

Hello ! I love the smell of wild garlic but have never eaten it !! Maybe I shall as I love garlic. Also nettles are something I have always intended to try but have lacked the courage ! haha ...ok so I promise to try both ! the comfrey we grow and use a lot not only on the compost heap but added to a barrel of water and left to brew it makes a most smelly but wonderful feed for the garden....
Gail x