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The tall one is back, wakanomori is back; there are suitcases all over the wanderer's hut; the deer and the racoons are peering in inquisitively and wondering what the hullaballoo is all about. Well, not now; now it is silent; the two travelers are sleeping off their travel weariness, and the ninja girl, Little Springtime, and the healing angel, who stood watch until I could fetch the travelers, are sleeping off their waiting-weariness. But at 2 am, there was lots of activity.

And I am floating along, because my anxiety over this transition has vanished away!

It will be a hot day, so it is still summer, summer, summer. Though--now the cattails are strong and brown, and there is more and more goldenrod, but the monarch butterflies float by--how can I not be glad to see them?

So, black medick seeds. Maybe they *are* worth the effort. Here is black medic:

And here it is, when the flower has gone to seed--see the black seeds?

The seeds are high in protein (black medick also fixes nitrogen--a friendly weed). Foraging books recommend "parching" them. I roasted them in a dry frying pan--perhaps burned them a little. They had a sharp taste, but not bad sprinkled on rice, and the healing angel said they were like poppy seeds. Theoretically you can grind them into flour, but I am sure it wouldn't be worth it. You'd have to gather for a day to make a handful of flour. But for sprinkling on rice, they're great. And I'll see what they're like sprouted, too.

And the sumac lemonade--it was lovely! I wrote about it to herdialectic; here

And the wild grapes--there are lots of them at the abandoned farm! Which is good, because there are not enough at the abandoned village, but with this cache, I should be able to make jelly. And also at the abandoned farm is the escaped garlic, the not-yet-ripe elderberries, and some staghorn sumac.

It's a bountiful place :-)


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 29th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that your hut has now be filled with the rest of your
clan. You all must be very tired.
Hope to see you soon.
Jul. 29th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Your posts always make me wish I was there. Someday! :)

It's been raining all night again. We woke up to wet. VERY EXCITING!!
Jul. 29th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Glad everything is back to calm!

What would you do with the flour? Add it to wheat for added protein?
Jul. 29th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
Glad your guy is safely back and all are tucked in bed (of course they're probably up and about by now). You have an amazing knowledge of herbs, flowers and such that I admire so much!
Jul. 29th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
hmm I would like to invite myself to dinner hehe.
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