Foraging

Hail Brave Hearts

Finally the warmth rolls in, the clouds part way and the sun can shine. The wintry blasts are receding and the rain pours down in buckets, but the earth yields up her garden and it’s bountiful as always. A bit later than it usually is, but still in aromatic abundance, the wildflowers show off their colorful delights. Dandelion, the master of spring, with more to eat than to discard, pops up in it’s usual multitudes for us to indulge our natural cravings in. So plentiful, it’s sunshine, so full of goodness, it’s dietary delicious, so easy to find and to consume, the harvest is in, and it’s golden.

Lilac is purple, or white or pinkish, full of fragrance and honey. The birds and the bees indulge in it’s goodness and the tiny nests of songbirds hide in the abundant foliage. It’s sweet and full of goodness, another springtime treasure. Fill up the larder with sweet smelling cooking. It’s unusual, but that is what the garden is, fragrant and sweet and delicious.

The roses are in full bloom, as eye catching as always. I reach out to shake their showy, fragrant blooms. The yield from the rose is small but mighty as I stock my fragrance bar. This tasty large lilac flower, this small delicate rose, add to my concoctions of sweet treats which fill the larder with unusual delicacies. I love the spring! It’s so wild and tasteful, a banquet of floral bouquet. Stalk the elusive wild spring flowers to fill the pantry and to delight your taste buds with this unusual gourmet.

My backyard garden is in full bloom. Nothing is discarded if its edible. That new weed, might just be the next experiment in decadent floral cooking. The flowers are picked in full bloom, with many seasonal recipes to try. Lilac and dandelion,rose and fireweed, bring treats of liqueurs, sorbets, honey and biscuits, which last long past the flowery show of colorful blossoms.

It’s so self indulgent it becomes perfume with fragrant oils for the bath. Long past spring our bodies are soothed by the richness of the flower garden with it’s plentiful blooms. Violets and pansies spring into sight. A gorgeous salad, a scrumptious palate waiting to be plucked and devoured.

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So its spring and the first harvest is in. Full of vitamins and minerals and something sugary and fragrant and unique. The self indulgent past time of foraging Earth’s delights, makes a simple act of cooking a gourmet’s treat. The Earth’s powers. Fragrant, colorful, beautiful, delicious and nutritious, coming from your garden, in a brand new way..

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

July 28, 2019

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Keep Your Cool

Hail Brave Hearts

It is with gladness and praises that spring rolls in. The blanket is tossed and the sun pours in. Tiny shoots of spring plants and tiny dear little animals, mating parents and song, all sing to the praises of spring. The chorus of joy to be free, the song of beginning and new again. The Earth sheds her warm winter coat and the sun plays warm, hide and seek games. Today the heat, tomorrow the rain, and all of a sudden it’s winter again. The magic of the emotion, the fire, the pestilence, the storm, all of us sheltered from the elements of changes in the weather. Today it’s hot, tomorrow it’s cold, fluctuating frequently, the great planet changes. The winds of change can be perilous and the world we know challenges us. What once was a fine science has become difficult, back to the world of pioneers. Where once there was reasonable accuracy, now may be more imprecise.

It snowed in July, but that happens sometimes, with localized storms and squalls. A gust of wind, a freak of nature, uprooting the forest and it falls. Soon we’ll be planting our gardens, with the promise of springtime warmth. The frost and temperature dropping, could change this habit too. The trees are budding, the sap is running,the snow is starting to fall. A test of these plants hardiness as natures imbalance collides. Warm, cold, warm, cold as the daytime temperature rises and falls. No heat from the sun on this blustery, wintry, spring day. Stay inside and enjoy the comforts of home.

Climate change is with us, in all of its unpredictable disturbance. The spring came in with warm sunshine, now the wintry season is back. The frost is too deep, the ground is still frozen, the spring buds are taking their time. Where is the song of the migratory birds? So happy and joyous to sing, mating songs of gladness, joy to all, it’s spring.

It’s quiet in the mountains, the ducks and geese fly by, but the accompaniament of songbirds, is still to fill the sky.

Finally it’s warm enough, in the merry month of May, to hang our winter jackets up, roll out the bikes and play. The rivers are slowly filling, the torrents will soon roll in, grab bathing suites and towels, for the beach to wander in. It took a long time this year, but finally we’re free, of winter’s icy cold grip and it’s snowy mastery.

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written by Dr. Louise Hayes

May 12, 2019

A Special Night

Hail Brave Hearts

The star is on high, the miraculous birth is close by. Wander in darkness to seek thelight, come to the manger, to view this special joy. Not just a child, not just a boy, but a birth of great wonder, a birth of great joy. Here is the Christ Child a baby so calm, a child so special, of prophecy so rare. Here is the great one, the one who will change us, save us, give us our peace. Here is the baby, oh Jesus is born. Here is the child, Oh baby Jesus, born on this wonderful night.

Happy are we, to share in the moment, to learn the philosophy, the religion he brings us. Heralded by angels, whose songs from the heavens, sing out in praises, Jesus is born. Jesus is born! Jesus is born! sing praises and halelulia, Jesus is born.

The night grows quiet as the baby slumbers. Wise men travelling great distances arrive. Show us the baby, the magnificent child. Here are our gifts of fine treasures to offer this king.Now in Bethlehem a child is born, a magnificent story will now unfold.

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

December 24, 2018

The Time is Near

Hail Brave Hearts

Tis the season for joy and merriment.  Tis the season of love and goodwill.  Tis the season for kindness and hope, peace on  Earth.  Joy to all of you, during  this blessed Christmas time.

Soon the journey begins, long and tiresome, weary and weighty.  A child must be born.  Take us to shelter, to a hospital or an inn.  Take us to a safe place, a place where this life can begin.  Take us to a warm place, a secure place, a restful place.  Take us to the inn, where we can finally relax and end this weary journey.  But no, not an inn, just a stable, that is all that there is left for you.

So in this lowly stable, where quiet animals lay, comes the gift that the world is waiting for, on this blessed Christmas day.  A  joy heralded by trumpets, by angels song from on high, by gifts of riches from the Maji, follow the star.  Follow the star, from wherever you are, it will lead you to the destiny.  A destiny of wonder, of peace on Earth and love.  Follow the star to the holy place, to life of joy and peace. To the fulfillment of a prophecy where love will never cease.

Joy to you, almighty human, for this magnificent birth. For now the hours of darkness, will change to peace on Earth.  For Gods good will is with us, on these holy days. Throughout the year send praises and this lord will guide your way.  Through scriptures and prophecy and an ever changing world, this light still shines among us, prevailing in compassion and good will.

This child is born in a stable, a low and meager place.  Free us from oppression, oh great king of kings.  Free us from slavery.  Anyone can come from here, to the greatness of the almighty ones, if they strive and work and persevere, just like you, oh gracious child.  Just like you, to work so hard, to overcome that birth, to bring the message of this God, goodwill to all, Peace on Earth.

The animals lay quietly, they too have a place, in this great scheme of wonder, Gods eternal place.  All of creation are cared for, with a place for each of them.  This is the land of the Almighty, this great planet Earth.

Peace to you at Christmas time, peace throughout the year.  Bring an end to hardship, celebrate your gifts with good cheer.

The hour is upon us, soon the star will shine.  Light your life forever, darkness dims behind.

Written by Dr. Louise Hayes

December 18, 2018

Peace be with you

Hail Brave hearts

We stand on guard for thee.

Those words ring true at this hour, the 11th month, the 11th day, the 11 hour.  Truce, amnesty, no  more  war.  Relief, relax, go home.   Home, to where the heart is.  Home, to safety, security, loved ones.  Home to your peace.  You fought the great fight, for this great land.  It still belongs to us.  To us in democracy.  To build, to repair, live in the freedoms that we believe in.  To choose  a path for ourselves that we believe is right.  To hold onto the dreams of our own destiny.

This is the fight that we fight for.  This is the brotherhood that we share.  These are the laws that we live by.  Peace to you and to yours.

Wars cause great sacrifice, madness and despair.  Worlds of devastation, at enormous loss to repair.  The people, the buildings, the environment, the Earth.  All of this perishes from battles, sometimes beyond repair.  The scope and the magnitude of tragedy and loss, from something so evil it brings us nothing but pain.  Pain for our lives lost to suffering so severe, pain to the planet as it strives to repair itself.  Build it all up, tear it all down, tear it all down, build it all up.  Battle upon battle, upon battle, upon battle some more.  More to live for, more to fight for, more to loose lives for.  War upon war upon war.

 

 

Is the end in sight, for this great human race, who brags about brilliance and exceeding all others?  A creation so strong, they reinvent themselves and conquer the mysteries of the great planet and the universe.  Is there a time for peace in this planetary war, of fighting for space in a such  a small, finite place?  With all of the hardships that war brings to us, the costs are exorbitant.  Costly in human lives and costly in planetary life.  All of this, just for us.

Radioactive soils, radioactive air.  Pollution from bombing, so much so, that the day turns to night.  Fires, smoke, gasses, destruction.  All of our efforts to live, pass with these massive efforts of death.  Destroy it all!  Ruin the world.  Human death, human sacrifice and kill all of the surroundings.  No more farming, no more forest, the water is undrinkable, the air is too difficult to breathe.  The mounting sacrifice of human despair.  The planetary costs as well are sometimes beyond repair.  The expectation is too high, that the world will heal itself.  Maybe.  Not all wounds heal.  Some fester, some swell, some are infected and some kill.  To assume that the war, will end without catastrophe, is naive,at best.  War is catastrophe.  All of our efforts to be human and humane, could perish with a war, if the planet doesn’t regain itself.

Peace to you, on this day of remembering.  Put the dark side away, light the torch of light.  Walk a lawful path.  Live well oh brave hearts.  Life is calling you.

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

November 11, 2018

The Mystery Planet

The Mystery Planet

Hail Bravehearts

Come into the new.  The day is dawning and it’s rescuing you.  The plan is made, the adventure unfolds, life is fleeting, grab a hold.  Your plan is made, start your day, get out from your covers and you’re on your way.  This is the world that’s made for you, come and enjoy it, it will surprise you.

A grand notion is planet earth, life giving force of the universe.  It’ s awesome and fantastic, with splendor of it’s own, magnificent in creation a world of the unknown.  Unknown to you.

Rise sleepy head, each day is passing, the great planet awaits you, in it’s awesome fashion.  This is the mighty life giving orb, a speck in the universe of the great devoid.  Lush with splendor, life and light, color and darkness, day and night.  The spell of the Gods of magic,mystery and myth, of creation so awesome it’s mind blowing stuff.  Focus on reality, stay in the game.  Don’t let this life pass you, you must make a change.  For this fabulous planet is the world of the Gods!  A creation so mighty, it’s grandeur, it’s splendor, it’s inexplicable power.  Rush to enjoy it’s magnificent gifts.  Live your life fully, this is bliss!  It’s wonder, it’s sensational, this great planet Earth.  Care for it dearly, cherish it’s life.  It gives so relentlessly, merely survival won’t suffice.

You must take it seriously, this is your life.  You must take a stand to protect this planet of wonder and life.  You must be with us, you must join this cause, to protect the planet at all costs.

Come adventure with us and enjoy our days,filled with hiking and mountain climbs and breathtaking scenery.  Come to the wilderness, into your past, to a life where the gods send messages of beauty and fitness.  Come healthy ones, and those in need of rejuvenation, the Earth spell wonders of Gods creations.  Praises and thank you’s for life giving forces, of nutrient and remedies, of restfulness, peacefulness, song and sound.  Stand in the wild meadows and breath in the air, the smell of the Almighty is all around.  Herbal florals, weeds and bushes, the ointments, the concoctions, the remedies, of holistic fame, come from the wild lands, some bear these names.  The magic is tantalizing, luring us in, come to the majesty that the Earth soaks us in.

https://www.cntraveller.com/spa/best-spas-in-the-world-2018

The power of these remedies, some so rare, gives us a chance to explore this fabulous planet we share.  And share it we must, pursue it with glee, for the spell of the mystery of this life is fleeting.  Born to this world with aptitudes needed, focus your mind on the pursuits that you’re given.  A fine mind, properly focused, will bring you the life in the world that you need.  Concentrate your mind, learn your lessons well, the allure of the planet will cast it’s spell.  Adventure and wisdom, intellect and more, focus your aptitude, define your goal.  This is your life, live it well, let the great planet cast it’s earthly spell.

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

September 14, 2018

 

Here Comes the Morning Light

Here Comes the Morning Light

Back to our roots, way into the past, a cabin in the woods, is the home all of us would seek.  A special place, small and cozy, wood burning stoves and privacy.  A retreat.  To live out on the land, to harvest crops, to drink from the river, to splash in the pool, counting the geese as they fly overhead, listening to the songs of the nesting birds.  Sharing the planet with nature.

The bright stars twinkle, the moon comes out, the flood of moonlight fills the path.  A heavenly band of celestial white, winds it’s way across the night.  Warm and gentle, the night breezes pass, bringing with them the scent of  fragrant lilac blossoms, close by.  Earth and night, warmth and fragrance, the delicate soothing quiet.  The songs of night are different to hear, the chirping chorus of frogs, toads and crickets.  Songs of the swamp, the marsh, the pond, all in their own beat and tune, all an orchestra of night song.

Oh sleepy dreams of castaways, aboard your own steered yacht.  The chorus of the lively night, to dream and dance upon.

Our own small world of escape to the land, to build that piece of a dream.  To dip your feet from the end of the dock, to splash and learn to swim.  The cottage on a lake of dreams, with fresh, clean water in which to swim.  Back to the land, from where we once were, with cabins in the forest, and the overpowering allure of fur.

Still the sounds of the city surround us in our sleep, while light is cast from lampposts and stars stay hidden in the dark.  The chorus of the evening is street traffic, the occasional voice or barking dog.  Far from the stillness and quiet of the evening chorus of frogs.

Leave your cozy nests of slumber, wander out into the light.  To capture that great moment, when the daylight enters the night.  A changing world in which to view, a captured moment of rest.  These are the times of the morning, when daybreak rises, that  the world is at it’s best.  So sleepy heads, don’t nod off, as day casts the night away.  Some of your finest adventures, start at the break of day.

The city still sleeps as the world renews itself, awakening with the morning sun.  Drinking tea in that splash of splendor, as color comes with the sun.  That moment, when the night fades and darkness becomes light, the world changes from the black and shade of night, to the brilliant colors of the pallet, with the dawn of new daylight.   Hearing the songs of rising songbirds, chirping and laughing together.  A fine new day of summertime, bring on the new adventure.

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

June 26, 2018

Pemican

Hail Brave hearts.

The season’s change and so do I.  Cast off your winter garment, it is spring.  The receding snows and baking sun, take the blanket of white away, leaving behind the winter’s dead brown world.  A cool, late spring, with slow growth, keeps the winter hanging on.  It’s time for spring, the great wild calls, as the migrating birds arrive and the hibernating animals emerge.  It’s time for spring, call the adventurers as they pull out their bikes for a ride in the woods.  The ski hill closes, the equipment is stored, coats and boots hang in closets.  Birds gather in warm pools, waiting for the ice to melt.  Come on spring, it’s your show now!

Slowly the warming sun, encourages the grass to become green, tiny buds on trees begin to emerge and the promise of a new world becomes real.  Mating pairs can’t wait to start their families and the tiny offspring need to be warm.  Winter has withdrawn reluctantly this year.  An inspection of the garden reveals some winter kill.  Not all of the plants can survive the winter all of the time, but lets wait, it’s still early.  Don’t be discouraged yet.

Rhubarb has popped it’s head up out of the soil.   In a few weeks the harvest will start.  The berry patch is looking good and weeding is on the “to do” list.  Little sparrows look for good nesting sites and the chorus of their song, welcomes spring.  Finally!  The Earth awakens from her slumber and with this, the grey days pass.

“Come out!”  calls the brilliant sunshine. ” Come to play in the warm sunshine!  Come to see the beautiful new world.  Come to investigate the returning wild.  Come out!  Come out!  Don’t stay inside.  You’ll miss this glorious day!”

Spring brings with it a new array of activity.  The garden, with it’s earthly delights, fragrance, bird songs, color, delectable food.  This spells work in the garden, choose your seeds, get ready to plant.  The fruit trees are blooming, food is on its way.

After a long winter of rations, eating last years harvest, the fresh rhubarb looks so good.  A few more weeks and this can be eaten.  Perhaps a new recipe this year.  The dandelions are starting to flower and the fresh new shoots are a perfect salad.  I won’t weed these this year.  Instead, I’ll let the flowers grow and harvest them for my dinner.  Bread and muffins, salad and tea and survival.  This is the gift of the harvest, straight from the great planet.   Eat and enjoy, for this is sustenance and we gather it.

http://www.grouprecipes.com/68395/pemican.html  Pemican

In years gone by, when the country was new, survival was the key to colonialism.  Like hibernating wildlife, overwintering and surviving in the great white north, was the most imperative topic of the day.  How do we survive?  Adaptation and skills, training and education.  As humans, we can’t curl up in a warm, winters den and sleep the cold away.  Preparation and planning,  storage, cut wood.  A humble cabin, an oasis in the wilderness.  Warm, small,dry.  It’s yours!

Written by Dr. Louise Hayes

May 13, 2018

The Mighty River Flows

The Mighty River Flows

Hail Brave hearts

Yes, it’s here, the spring has arrived, in snowy, blustery style,  In like a lion, with  heavy snow falls, March has ended the winter with a cold snap, that keeps us bundled up and happy.  Of course, the summer will eventually come, but now the trails are white.  The forest floor is covered, a late spring, with no drought in sight.

The itch is on, to turn the seasons, pull out the canoe and test the current.  Ice flows passing with the water as the melting winter turns to spring.  Catch us in our history, as we wave farewell to winter, the icy highways turn to melt waters and the dangerous ice flows temp.  No  more the sleighs to speed us along the slippery, white rivers, now it’s canoes and boats and water craft, to take our time away.

Go back, fine fellows, to days gone by, to times of yesteryear.  To the fur trade and the brave at heart the times of the voyageur.  A dangerous time of year, this is, when winter turns to spring.  The trails are wet, the rivers are thin ice and the progress becomes slow.  Take a nap and wait a week, a well deserved holiday.  The harshness of this difficult time, will melt the winter away.  Soon the canoe will be laden, with supplies to take inland.  To visit with the natives and to find a brand new land.  Off come the winter fur coats, hats and mitts are stored.  Onto another adventure, to the watery highways of this world.

A well traveled route, the St. Lawrence, filled with Coureur de Bois.  One of the most dangerous occupations of that lifetime, to travel, explore and trade in the great unknown wild.

http://www.patrimoine-culturel.gouv.qc.ca/rpcq/detail.do?methode=consulter&id=25887&type=pge     Trois Riviers, Quebec

The canoes are large enough, they carry several men.  All trained and skilled in many ways, to tackle the obstacle at hand.  Come from far away, in European style, to make a living the hard way, adventure, in the Canadian wild.  A fearsome, mighty river, the St. Lawrence is cracking up.  Pretty soon, it will be show time, pack your bags and liven up.  No more naps or holidays, the spring torrents are flooding.  It’s an adventure too dangerous for us,  spring break up is not even for the daring.  Icy flows and chilly woes, we’ll wait for another day.  This is not the best of times, for watery, river play.

But if you were an itchy voyageur, with bills at home to pay, perhaps the tempting season, would  cast him adrift anyway.

A lovely camping trip, with lakes and rivers to follow, the Canadian rivers of highway, still bind us to our past.  Traditions of camping and canoeing, following well traveled routes.  Today, we love this great wild land and praise the nations splendor.  Our ancestors did a very fine job, of protecting and implementing the heritage that we covet today.  A land of unspoiled wonder, with historical routes to travel.  This is our fine country we still travel in style.  From winter sleigh to summer canoe, the adventure has never left us.

written by Dr.  Louise Hayes

April 18, 2018

Northern Ontario Canoe Trip,  The Nat River

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Enjoy the Winter

Enjoy the Winter

Hail Brave hearts

Oh to the lucky ones, who walk these paths.  The great mighty river has presented it’s wonder.  The uproar of nature, a beautiful site, it catches us off guard.   It’s so impressive and different and interesting.  A phenomena of sorts, with it’s unusual beauty, we walk these paths often and have never seen this before.  The freeze, the thaw, the freeze, the thaw, the mighty river flows.  The enormous upheaval of ice and water, breaking up huge chunks of ice, as the river starts to flow.  This is January and a mild spell during the winter has created an unusual scene.  This area should be frozen solid and the thickness of the ice proves that it was, but the mighty river flows.  These ice pieces are about one foot thick and have been heaved all along the river bank.  It was a marvel to look at and to speculate the dramatic change that would have caused this.  For us, this powerful act of nature is new.  It’s exciting and beautiful and the power of the water is awesome to see.    This kind of ice break up is what happens in the spring, but this is the dead of winter, with temperatures hovering around zero.  Too warm to keep the river frozen and to keep the ice in place.  We should be able to walk along this river, but we can only walk along the ice shelf by the river bank.  Global warming and climate change are presenting winter to us in a dramatic new way.

It was only  a few weeks ago that we saw that the river was frozen and planned for a winter afternoon excursion. There’s value to seeing the park from the rivers.  It gives us new photographs and a new perspective of the mountains and the terrain.  Sometimes the walking is easier and with careful consideration of the dangers of ice travel, we stay near the shore, travel in groups and pay attention to the changing surface.

The river heaves and swells and the ice forms in dramatic flows like waves.  It’s dangerous and we stick to the shoreline.

We need the winter, with it’s cold and snow.  The fluffy white stuff is full of fun and winter is a favorite season.  The warmth has made it more fun, with less inside time drinking hot chocolate and  more outside time on the ski hill.  We play more with temperatures like this and it still snows!  The winter activity is good for our souls.  It pushes us to outside sports and to cautious winter travel.  It teaches us about nature in a different way, about weather and avalanche, snow travel and preparation.  It teaches us to be hardy and strong and to learn survival skills.  We love it this way!  The great white north, with all of it’s beauty, it’s back country cabins, pot belly stoves, tracked trails into the wilderness.  All of this presents it’s own dangers, thrills, unique experiences and exhilaration.  It’s magical and wonderful and full of winter fun.

https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/winter-camping.html  –  Winter Camping

But now, something unusual.  Travel cautiously, oh brave hearts and enjoy the great winter.

written by Dr. Louise Hayes

January 30, 2018