What a beautiful sunny ,summery day it was here in Killedmond and a busy one too for Blackstairs Ecotrails. As part of a programme to celebrate Borris and the hosting of the National Country Fair ,RTE is doing a programme on our Town.In conjunction with the Fair we were interviewed and it was a great opportunity for Blackstairs Ecotrails and my walkers to talk about what we love doing , going walking in the Barrow Valley and Blackstairs area.
Today we sought out the aromatic Meadowsweet. We picked some and I explained how I make the lovely cordial from the flower heads and since I had made a recent batch we quaffed it down. On this hot day it slaked our thirsts and the murmurimgs of approval were audible! If you would like to make it, the recipe is on my web site.
We found a lovely patch of nettles close by and we talked of making nettle soup and steaming nettles as a vegetable. Nettles are full of iron and as such , make a good tonic. As we walked along under a very blue sky we came across the gorgeous blue of Borage. We picked some and talked about making Pimm’s for lovely summer parties or indeed you can just add it to Elderflower or Meadowsweet coridals. Sometimes I pick the flowers and put them into trays of ice cubes for a wow factor after our walks, to pop into summer drinks.
We heard Jays in the oaks and saw lots of Swallows darting along the local river. Damselflies and Dragonflies flew by on gossamer wings and the soft summer cooings of Wood pigeons gave a drowsy feel to the end of the walk.
Thanks to my ecotrailers, Harriet, Mary, Bernadette, Jimmy, Cathy and one handsome dog ,called Holly.
Keep a look out for the programme. August 8th at 7pm on RTE 1
Thanks to Cathy Fitzgerald for taking the photographs.
A note for your diary.
Our next day long workshop will be with Andrew Kelly a terrific wild life photographer who is coming to us on August 25th. Places are limited to 20 for this event. So book now.
In the meantime let’s go walking on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday’s. We leave no trace!