Sunday, 28 March 2010


Yesterday I walked by my favourite berry-picking hedge. This blossom looks like one from the prunus family, perhaps cherry plum (I know there are some along that route). The Blackthorn is about to burst into bloom too. Spring is finally here!

And to acknowledge British Summertime, I'm going to the allotment *later* :)

Friday, 26 March 2010

Broadening my blogging horizons...*

A selection of work from my "leafminers" series is currently on display at Cornerstone, the funky new arts centre in Didcot (Oxfordshire, UK). It's part of an exhibition called "Flora and Fauna" which runs until 18th April. If you're in the area I recommend a visit - even if only to sample the yummy cakes! ;)

(clicking the link will take you to Flickr where you can view the full set)

*I've decided to include my "artistic endeavours" in this blog, in an attempt to streamline my life! Or something.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Weeks 9, 10 and 11

Week 9: Yarrow

Yarrow tea - it's a bit odd. It doesn't have a particularly strong flavour. Some say it tastes of Rosemary but I'm not sure. Supposedly, it has psychotropic properties and makes you see in "pure colour". I do remember that the first time I tried it, some years ago, I suddely noticed that my friend's top was actually brown and not black as I had previously assumed. That's the best I managed though!

(This is an archive photo from a few years ago)

Week 10: Gorse

I made Gorse flower and small beetle tea! :)

I took a handful of fresh flowers and infused them in boiled water for about 10 minutes. The resulting brew smelled awful, but tasted rather nice! It didn't need sweetening at all (but I rarely sweeten tea anyway). It was similar to the Pine tea I made on week 2, but less sickly. Best one so far (apart from the beetles)!

Week 11: Garlic mustard

I'm going to be lazy with this one and point you to an old entry :)