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Violet wake up
Spring is coming, spring is coming
VIolet, wake up
Spring is coming here!

~Enki Grade One Movement

Spring is such a full time, after the long wait of Winter. Right now, I have many plans swirling in my mind--planning for chickens (real ones!), plants to get into the ground, seeds to sow, soil to amend, a bed to build, hugelkultur, more Spring cleaning, brush piles to move. . . For a week or two, what's happening here at home needs to take priority over what's happening in the woods.  Spring happens in the forest near the middle of April, so I'll take a pass to enjoy what's happening here at home where the sunshine has warmed the soil.  This is nature, too!


First up, violets.  Violets!  They're just starting to bloom, so the children were happy to pick jars full and pour honey over the top.  They really enjoy Susun Weed and were inspired to make their own.  We've made violet jelly in previous years, so we thought we'd do something new this year.  Violet honey for sore throats makes colds sound more pleasant, right?


Willow wanted to make dandelion vinegar, too, so we prepared a small jar, enough for a batch of salad dressing on that first lettuce.  When I told her she'd actually have to try the vinegar, she acted a little surprised!  Not the most adventurous eater, she will eat salads, so I am hopeful.  Willow really loves to pretend to be an herbalist and will spend long periods making various concoctions. I think it is meaningful to use this enthusiam to really make things the family can use.  Children love knowing they are doing something real, as much as they love to pretend.

Our little projects will be ready to strain on Roan's birthday, which is often a celebration of the season's best.  Spring is at its height around his birthday and May Day, and we often have vases of flowers from our yard on the table.  I really love the timing of my children's birthdays, honestly, so near to times of the year that are significant to me.  Roan wastes no time reminding us that his is coming soon (just five weeks!). 


( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )
Mar. 24th, 2017 02:47 pm (UTC)
That violet honey is such a good idea. All the violets I see are in the park with dogs roaming everywhere so I am not too keen on picking them, but I will look around as I am sure my girls would love the idea. They are budding herbalist too thanks to the Herb Fairies series :-) and I am sure dandelion vinegar will be very nutritious too. All our birthdays are at my favourite times of the year too- begin of May, Whitsun time, midsummer and autumn. It sounds like yours are too? Enjoy your spring adventures! Anna (amothershares.wordpress.com)
Mar. 24th, 2017 11:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, ours are like that, too. Mine is near Midsummer, nine months to the day after Michaelmas. :-) I like to think I came into being then, silly as it may sound. I have such clarity around that time. I hope you find a meadow full of flowers!
Mar. 27th, 2017 11:03 am (UTC)
Thanks! Mine is on the 24th June - St Johns and Midsummer. It is special time of year to be born and yes 9 months after Michaelmas it a veyr special link. I love Michalemas. :-) Anna ( amothershares.wordpress.com)
Mar. 24th, 2017 03:51 pm (UTC)
So exciting! I love those herbal concoctions. I wonder if our violets and dandelions are safe to eat; we don't spray anything, so probably, right? The girls would just love to pick bunches for me.

I was going to put in my garden this week, but, well, best laid plans.
Mar. 24th, 2017 11:03 pm (UTC)
I think it would be fine! They are so simple, so they are easily done in a few minutes. There's always next week for the garden. Or the one after that. ;-)
Mar. 25th, 2017 12:05 am (UTC)
I'm aiming extremely low in the garden department this year: peas, zucchini seedlings that I will buy, and whatever volunteer tomatoes I get. I will not be able to care for things come mid summer.
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( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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