Eating Weeds

Given my deep interest in foraging and Mindful Connectivity it came as no surprise to me that this course looked very interesting: Waking Up To Plants: Sensory Practices to Deepen Your Connection to Nature

I booked myself on the course run by Robin Harford and Olya Maiboroda in Exeter – and I was not disappointed. The topics, the presenters and the people it attracted were all first rate.


We started the first session with a brief introduction and then headed swiftly out into the local area, calming ourselves down in a small park before coming across and enjoying the delights of red valerian, daisies and elderberry flowers. After a short walk, we ended up in Belle Isle Park and looked at, sniffed and chewed a few plants ranging from mustard to sticky willy and Himalayan Balsam. Looking at the principles behind knowing these plants rather than the normal morphological approach to identifying them was fascinating.


As was the afternoon session, where Olya focused on our senses of smell and taste, linking drinking a freshly made dandelion tea with feelings within our bodies. A very nice way of understanding our innate abilities to taste, smell and feel the herbal effects with our minds and bodies. We tasted the tea blind and it was extremely interesting to hear what we all thought the tea was: there was a remarkable convergence of descriptions of smell, taste and feelings from all on the course.

Excellent Mindful Connectivity with taste, smell and herbal effects.

Torrents of Beer – 1

No – not what you might at first think! 🙂

I went on a fabulous foraging course in Exeter (link here). On the way down, I decided to stop off overnight somewhere convenient in ‘Cali’ – my Vdub bus. I found a lovely little campsite about five miles from the coast and got my pitch sorted before driving on down to Beer to have a look around.


I arrived in the middle of a torrential downpour- fortunately I was well equipped with wet gear and a massive brolly – so I was able to stay dry-ish and take some photos.



The setting was marvellous despite the rain.


And a walk over to Beer head uncovered lot of beer sites! TBC

Torrents of Beer – 2


Pond Life

Putting a small pond into the garden has transformed it. There are more birds, more insects, the sound of burbling water and wonderful lillies and reeds. I have the definite feeling that all of the plants in the garden have benefitted from having the pond around. There are newts in it and I hope they have had an effect of the slugs in the garden , but they still have a lot of work to do! These are some of the pictures of a hover fly and small dragon fly that seemed very happy to pose for me!


Dragon fly nymph getting ready to transform
Ant attack
Ant attack

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Cool aviators!
Cool aviators!


Buzzy Bees

The bees have been very buzzy today. They seem to love the blue flowers on sage bushes and the wonderfully perfumed mini flowers on the currently flowering palm. Very tricky to get in focus though!

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