The bluster of the festive season has blown us into a new year of discovery and hope and joy. For Beatrice Bear , everyday is an adventure .A serious but very curious bear often brings such a big smile to me in her enthusiasm. When the storm raged around the station and the woods and hills in this last week and the bears played indoors mostly , Beatrice was asking lots of questions about why i was laying out my foraging baskets . What could i possibly forage in the cold of January?
I told her and all the other bears and lots of other Lichens but we must never pick them from the trees ,we await storms eagerly for windblown casualties
( Lobaria pulmonaria is a large epiphytic lichen consisting of an ascomycete fungus and a green algal partner living together in a symbiotic relationship with a cyanobacterium —a symbiosis involving members of three kingdoms of organisms. Commonly known by various names like tree lungwort)
'What can you do with all this delightful Lichen' Beatrice asked excitedly.
I showed her the different kinds , the wealth of treasure growing all around us .
The harbingers of clean air. Just watch the magic within this green delight....and she did .
The squeals and giggles as she rolled in the green Lichen and peeked at the cooling cooked pot and the absolute joy when she wrapped the dyed wool around her...oh dear i think there may be a bear sized outfit needing to be made very soon.
The sweet earthy aroma fills my studio and just like our bears , makes me smile.