Just over a year ago, Patrick and I ventured to the magical place known as Ireland on an group ethnobotanical exploration of the land where some of our ancestors are from. We immersed ourselves in Irish basketry, learned how to weave a crios band, wandered one of the few old growth forests remaining, and ate traditional Irish food. Lots and lots and lots of traditional Irish food. Our guide, ethnobotanist Heidi Bohan, spoiled us with some of the tastiest home-cooked soups and breads and potato dishes ever. She really wanted us to experience the warm hearty food culture of Ireland!Read More
“Ahhh!! I cut myself!!” cried one of our Earth Scouts Summer Camp students suddenly while she was whittling a stick with her knife. I looked up to see her hunched over with blood dripping from her finger, her knife tossed to the ground.
Tears were streaming down her face as pain from the cut (and perhaps a bit of fright from the sight of lots of blood) sank in. I quickly got up to get a closer look. Blood was gushing from what appeared to be a deep laceration in her finger (Perhaps she had forgotten to follow our third rule of knife safety: always cut away from and off of yourself!). I grabbed my first-aid kit and got out some supplies. I rinsed the wound with clean water and had her put pressure on it. After a few minutes, the blood was still gushing. This cut was deep!Read More
Patrick here with a quick Wild Wednesday note while the robins alarm at the owls in the forest and clouds and sunlight dance together on the water at the end of a long, wet and beautiful summer day.Read More