Perhaps it’s time to change tack a bit here on the blog, focus a bit more on lifestyle than travel as I appear to be settling down for a while.
I’ve spent plenty of time in Vieuzos on the land, musing and dreaming and trying to decide what to do, how, when and in what order. Until I am actually there I don’t think I can really get stuck in, but I have made some interesting discoveries.
There are an amazing variety of plants growing in this abandoned plot, a good few of them good forager fare:
hairy bitter cress
I tried to get a close up but it obviously didn’t work. So here’s a link to a fascinating blog that explains how it can be used and has some helpful pictures to help with identification http://huntergathercook.typepad.com/huntergathering_wild_fres/2013/01/hairy-bittercress-pesto.html
elder - flower and of course berry
blackberry (a few too many)
to name a few.
I really must make a list and make sure that they are well used in season.
Another time I started clearing the brambles a bit, in the hope of finding some hardstanding to put a shed on. I chopped and pulled at branches for several hours, though with the amount of fallen debris, had difficulty in reaching solid ground. I did, however find the remains of a car, some pig sties and enough abandoned knick-knacks to start a museum.....