Nature walk and Rose petal tea

I took a walk around the property and found the wild roses and ladyslippers blooming. On the weekend when we were cleaning up behind the barn, my son found a bird’s nest in the tall grass. I didn’t see the mama so I don’t know what kind of birds they are, but aren’t they cute in an ugly sort of way? ūüėÄ Can you count them… I think 4 or 5?

My grandmother taught me how to make rose petal tea. It tastes mild and is so fragrant. My researching has turned up the health benefits of the tea. It is an effective medication for the liver and enhances flow of bile, invigorates as well as purifies the liver and the gallbladder. It helps in alleviating problems related with lethargic liver like headaches and constipation. Rose petal tea is also capable of alleviating the problems of insomnia, do away with depression, drive out fatigue and also offer comfort in conditions such as irritability. Aroma therapists use the rose as a gentle sedative or tranquillizer, and an anti-depressant.

When gathering wild rose petals, be sure you are in an area that is not sprayed with pesticides. They offer their best qualities as fresh petals. Put several petals in a tea cup and pour boiling water over, and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Spoon out the faded rose petals and enjoy! You can add honey if you like, I normally add a small amount of honey in my tea but this tea is good without.

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Sourdough starter

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I’ve been doing some reading about making your own sourdough starter so I decided to give it a try.¬† I have no idea if it will work and it just may fail miserably… but I’m trying.

I mixed 2 cups of warm water with 4 Tbsp. raw local¬†honey and 1 cup local whole wheat organic flour.¬† Mixed it well and put it in a quart sealer and covered it with cheesecloth.¬† I’m keeping it¬†warm, 21-27C (70-80F).¬†¬† It’s suppose to take just a few days to start bubbling.

Have you made your own starter before?¬† Do you have any hints or tips for me?¬† Hopefully I haven’t got it all wrong! ūüėܬ† But tell me if I do.

Chokecherries and wild plums

The boys picked some chokecherries and some wild plums for me.¬† The first pail of chokecherries, I made into juice.¬† The berries themselves look like jewels to me, the juice is this incredible deep¬†burgundy color.¬† I got a quart of juice and I think we’ll just drink it like that.¬† I have lots more berries I’d like to turn into wine if I can find my recipe!¬† If you have a good chokecherry wine recipe, let me know.

I wish there were more plums because the sauce turned out really nice.¬† I pitted them then ran them through my tomato press.¬† The color of the plum sauce is incredible too, it’s a lovely pumpkin-and-spice orange.

Coyotes or wolves?

1 of 3 coyotes

I was driving home from picking up my son from a birthday party and we spotted 3 of these in the field. They were avoiding us by at least 1/2 a mile. That is why this photo is not very good. I had to zoom in so much to capture it that it loses clarity. At first I wasn’t sure if they were coyotes or wolves. My son thought they might be foxes but they were too big. Hubby saw the photo and said¬†they are coyotes. I think they were wolves.¬† We see all three (foxes, wolves, coyotes) around here.