Hi, I’m Tammy! I was invited by @sarag956 (one of the most lovely, friendly people on Instagram!) to share five things about me...
1) This is a rare picture of me not hiding behind anything, although I think I felt I blended into the purple heather quite well...? Generally I feel more comfortable having my picture taken if I’m under a hat; always have! 💜
2) I was going to be a ballerina. But whilst studying ballet at the University of Cape Town, I quit in a tempest of high hormones and low confidence, which makes me sad. Nowadays I spend regular time on my yoga mat, which makes me happy. 😊
3) My family keep me very busy and make me very happy, whichever way up they are. 🙃
4) Having spent many years sitting in parks in all weathers with a good friend and a flask of coffee while our children played, we’d planned to always maintain this practice even without the children. Now I live too far away for that to happen much, but we still send each other regular pictures of our daily coffee - outdoors whenever possible. ☕️ 5) I learned to crochet very reluctantly! After a bad experience with knitting at school I was disinterested in any yarn crafts, although I did sew and do other crafts a lot. When a lovely friend insisted on showing me how to crochet I didn’t want to know. But the moment I tried it I realised the world of possibility it opened up and was completely hooked! ➰
This has been quite an interesting exercise for me! Thank you if you’ve managed to read so far! Would @howfinedesigns@victoria__hopper@tsdailytreasures@postcardfromgibraltar@lisagreentextileartist like to join in and share five things about you - if you have the time and inclination, of course. I’ve found it fascinating reading other people’s five things posts, so I’d be delighted if anyone else would also like to join in too. 💕
Arum macalatum, commonly known as Lords & ladies or Cuckoo pint. A toxic plant that every forager needs to be aware of. It won’t kill you but will set your mouth on fire and is apparently like eating thousands of tiny needles.
At this time of year in its young growth stage it can easily be mistaken for Sorrel or Wild garlic as it grows in the same habitats.
The next picture shows Sorrel and Arum side by side. They both have lobes at the bottom of the leaf pointing towards the stem. Sorrel on the left ALWAYS has pointed lobes whereas Arums are always rounded. I teach people to remember that Sorrel is SHARP. It’s lobes are pointed and has a sharp tangy flavour.
If you’d like to learn more about wild edible plants come and join us on one of our guided foraging walks in St Ives bay.