I've been out wandering as much as possible lately. It leaves little time for blogging, but it is so good for the spirit. My heart is still weary (has it been 3 weeks already since my dear kitty has moved on?) But I seem to find respite in the yard and the meagre offerings of the gardens and walking the path by the river.
The buds are fattening up nicely, although the snow is still teasing us on the hills. The weather fluctuates from moment to moment these days and so it's more than likely that I'll awake to snow flakes, have a sunny morning to dig around the yard and then experience a cloudy and cool afternoon.
Frost on the Oregon Grape
The bounty of Spring has been a blessing. I've been eating fresh chives for a few weeks now, as well as chickweed and digging dandelion roots to dry for tea. Here's a great post by DJ Martin about the joy of dandelions.
I've also received some Sweet Flag Root (also known as Bitterroot or Calamus) and found a wonderful write up about it here. I've been chewing on it for a few days now and I was telling a friend that it has this lovely "gold-panning" effect on my mind. Instead of the usual non-stop banter skipping from one thing to the next, no matter how irrelevant, my mind seems to slow down and only the important things float to the surface. All the nattering seems to sink to the bottom. I imagine this might be why this root is valued for use in anti-anxiety work.
I'm really falling in love with roots these days!
I hope your April has begun nicely. For those that are celebrating Holy Week, I wish you blessings. For those who are merely grabbing a chocolate bunny and getting down to business - I'm right beside you!