I’ve been blogging with my friends this week…. (photo credit: Carmen, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 1941 by Sam Hood, State Library of New South Wales)
Although we are far from harvesting and winnowing, we have started a winter garden from seed, hoping that the sprouted indoor fledglings will transplant well once they are strong enough. In the meantime, we continue to care for the small seeds that are finding their way up through the soil in the warmth of our well lit kitchen.
Land army girl winnowing flax at the Drouin flax mill, Drouin, Victoria by Jim Fitzpatrick (1916 – ), National Library of Australia Commons photostream
The basil shown here is grown by a friend in Kentucy whose summer crop is wild. Our small bucket of basil doesn’t yet compare as we have been fending off feral chickens and so succumbed to starting the young seeds indoors before moving them out in tall pots. But neither of these is Holy Basil.
Holy Basil, with it’s second name, Tulsi or Tulasi, is from the Lamiaceae family. It is cultivated as a medicinal plant and used in Ayurveda for its adaptogen qualities — helping headaches, stress, inflammation and more. It has, for centuries not only treated illness, but flavored food and been observed by many as a powerful and healing plantlife.
Sliding stones on ice with a broom sounds like a great winter sport. It is related to the game known as shuffleboard and the teams are made up of four players. The goal is to locate the polished granite stone, or rock towards a circular target on the ice – with a broom, no less.
Women’s Curling Alberta Champs, February 8, 1955, Galt Museum and Archives on the Commons