Nature

The Artwork of Slowing Down


 

Autumn
is the season when nature slows down. Flowers set seed and leaves
flip brown. Our our bodies additionally react to the seasonal rhythms of shorter
days and longer nights (even when our minds usually do not). So, decelerate
with Ishbel, Jack the Navigator Hound, and I, as we take a leisurely
journey alongside the Lancaster Canal. Drifting alongside at a sedate 4 miles
per hour, a household of Mute Swans, just like the Moorhens, Mallards and a younger
Gray Heron, are completely undisturbed by our presence. Peter and Ian
take it in turns to pilot
The
Waterwitch

and
inform us the story of the canal which, at one time, was used to
transport gunpowder from the close by mills.


After
an hour’s nice meanderings, we disembark and an area information, David,
takes us on a stroll alongside the following a part of the canal to be restored.
As David particulars the huge obstacles to be overcome, I get
sidetracked by the plethora of insect life within the rampant undergrowth. A Midday Fly sunbathing on a leaf, a pair of Nettle-tap moths
(their caterpillars feed on nettles) pollinating an Ox-eye Daisy and
a Widespread Darter Dragonfly patrolling one of many bigger swimming pools.



Minibeasts
are inclined to get scarcer because the season wears on however you do not have to look
very far for them. I’ve fairly a set of aphids and midges in
odd corners of the mill, that are saved in verify by spiders comparable to
this Lace-web. The one hassle is, as their title suggests, they make
lacy webs, that are fairly unpleasant, particularly when dotted with
odd bits of insect comparable to wings, legs and different gadgets of
exoskeleton. Not wishing to rename the Outdated Corn Mill ‘Cobweb Cottage’
I gave all of them the outdated heave-ho a couple of days in the past and eliminated the webs and spiders.
I now have extra completely satisfied midges than I can shake a stick at. Come again
spiders, all is forgiven!

The
Good, The Unhealthy and the Edible



Strolling
again alongside the towpath for the return journey, the ivy is coming into
flower. It is a plant of immense significance to our declining insect
inhabitants (so please do not minimize it again whereas it is flowering).
As a result of it flowers so late within the 12 months, it offers a lifeline of
nectar.  It’s, nevertheless, mildly
toxic and comes underneath the inedible class. That having been
stated, our ancestors used to chew the leaves as an expectorant.  They clearly knew a factor or two as these days e
xtracts of Ivy are included into fashionable cough medicines. 


On
a positively consumable notice, Elderberries at the moment are in season and,
right here on the Outdated Corn Mill, I shall be spending a nice afternoon
within the kitchen making elderberry wine.

Till
subsequent week

All
the very best,

Steve

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