Big Thanks to everyone who turned up at the Food Project today. Because your effort, enthusiasm, encouragement, fortitude and community spirit make all the difference, and because it finally feels like we are getting somewhere. It will be no mean feat to turn a wasteland into an oasis of beauty and calm… we have demonstrated that we mean business, and that even with no funds whatsoever, progress can be made toward a better world for ourselves, even if it is only our little bit of the world.
The foraging walk turned up a surfeit of potential cherries, plenty of possible plums, and the promise of the lime trees, amongst other things. I should mention here to watch out for the lime blossom, because the season is very brief. It is usually a july thing, but this year they look quite close to flowering already, those little buds are all poised and just plucking up the courage to peep. The best time to pick them is when the first flowers begin to open, before the promise is broken by the sap suckers and other insect life. Always pick in fine, dry weather and mind the bees, who adore this stuff. Prize winning Peckham honey has a discernible lime blossom note. A glorious afternoon can be had communing with honey bees under the bowers of a (non infested) lime in full blossom. A fantastic venue for a romance, you mark my words… the lime is said to have narcotic properties, and i reckon that can be said of the mere fragrance… there is definitely something lulling about hanging out under a flowering lime on a hot july day. i fell in love under one once, a long time ago…it all ended in tears and terrible tragedy of course, but thats a whole other story… anyway, what you want to do is pick the bits as shown in the photgraph, not worry because there is enough for everyone including bees, and take it home and lay it out somewhere airy and warm… you know as well as i do im going to suggest an airing cupboard here, but go ahead, use your initiative.. all you have to do is wait for it to dry, then store it somewhere airtight like an old jam jar or whatever. it will last until the next season, no problem, and as i might have mentioned in last years note, the dried flowers make beautiful tea. coming from a coffee person, i think that should be recommendation enough, but if not, let me tell you, it is a marvellous cure for the collywobbles in children and adults alike, a traditional flu remedy, and painkiller AND as they say in the advert, an aid to restful sleep. the narcotic properties are said to be more pronounced in ‘old’ flowers, though i dont know whether this refers to their freshness when you pick them, or how long they are stored. hhmmmm…. an interesting experiment suggests itself here.