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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Some Observations

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Here is a red squirrel who showed upat my back door. I am sure he is looking for an easy free meal from the cat dishs but with 7 or 8 cats around he had better be alert and swift of foot or he could end up as a free meal for a feline.

We do not have the large grey or black squirrels I enjoyed in my youth in southern Ontario. I have heard they are migrating North. This little squirrel is about twice the size of a chipmunk.

On my wanderings I find this woody plant (bush) It is a sheep laurel. I don't think I ever appreciated the lovely colour and velvet texture of these bloom. They are worthy of a domesticated garden. Paying attention to the flora and fauna around us is full of delights we might just casually pass by unappreciated.

This lovley plant is often missed. it is Columbine. It flowers are lovely and delicate. It is an interesting medicinal plant (potentially poisonous). Seeds rubbed in the hair can control lice. A tea made from the root can settle your stomach, control diarrhea. It is a diruretic and astingent.
Small amounts of crushed seed can be used to stop a headache, "a love charm" (I guess even the Native Americans used that "I have a headache tonight, dear", excuse cliche.) I am happy to just enjoy the flowers. I am more interested in edible plants than in medicinal ones.

Speaking of medicinal plants, this lovely blue flowered plant which grows close to the ground is called, Heal All. It has a long list of curative uses taken internally or used on your exterior. You can gargle a tea to treat mouth sores or put on wounds or boils as a poultice. It actually contains antibiotic properties. Since it is widely available not far for a camp otr farm house I can imagine settlers trying it often to treat a lot of conditions, hence the name, Heal All.Posted by Picasa


At 8:01 p.m., Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I'll bet that one nimble red squirrel can evade eight cats at once. But it doesn't take much of a squirrel to defeat our cat.

At 9:01 a.m., Blogger Peggy said...

I enjoyed the walk around your place. Your squirrel would be a snack for my cats. They catch at least one squirrel a day and we are still over populated with them

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