I visited Aivi(78) on an exeptionally warm autumn day. She is an author of various herbal medicine and natural dyes´ books. She used to be a teacher of natural sciencies) in a local school. Aivi has been drawn to a forest as long as she remembers and still feels that working around plants is very … More Living with the rhythms of nature
As it is still around 10 ºC at night(warm!) we decided to go hiking. For some reason packing 2 small rucksacks took almost half a day and we left just couple of hours before sunset. Clever indeed! It was beautiful to experience the warm yellowish-orange colours on the trees. We decided to put up a tent … More Moose marriages
Almost all the berries and fruit we consume are suitable for making body care products. When I choose organic-vegan cosmetics at the store I tend to prefer the ones with delicious appetizing aroma.
I tried that famous Russian ivan chai first time couple of years ago and thought I had found another one to call my favorite tea. I used to(still do) love Greek shepherd’s tea(Sideritis) but it isn´t always that easy to find it in fresh quality. I don´t mind classical fermented eastern teas but as I´m sensitive to caffeine I can´t enjoy them in the evening unless I want to stay up until morning. Fermenting is a naturally occuring process which involves enzymes and microorganisms living everywhere in the nature. They do most of the work for you and hence short fermenting is not a difficult process. Rasberry chai has distinctive full and sweet taste which doesn´t go away if stored in a dark airtight jar. … More Rasberry-leaf chai
Lemongrass(Cymbopogon flexuosus) grows naturally in tropics and subtropics but it is possible to grow it in temperate climate too. Long fiberous leaves have a fresh citrusy smell and taste. Aromatic leaves of the herb are widely used in asian dishes, aromatherapy and tea infusions. Also the essencial oil pressed from lemongrass is an effective natural insect … More Growing and using lemongrass
I feel lucky if I encounter a snake on my way in the forest and rarely in the garden. Last summer A. saw a grass snake( Natrix natrix) sliding into a small whole in the hugelbed. We have only one poisonous snake here, common adder(Vipera berus) and I usually meet one alive once a year as lot of them die on the roads unfortunately. When I´m cycling and I see any dead snakes or other animals, birds I place them to the forest on the side of the road. I just feel a bit better this way as the old body can become part of the nature quicker then. … More And the greenery comes
I woke up at 5 because of bright light shining in through the curtains. I looked out and everything was white. Not just frosty. It was goor almost 5 cm snow covering the garden and I couln´t sleep on any more and went for a walk to check if the berry shrubs are still alive. … More Snow…oh NO