There is a lovely new part of the zoo in Madison - it's a garden where they grow some of the foods given to the animals. Each plant has a sign that tells you who eats what; the sign above says:
Elderberry (fruit) Eaten by tortoise, lizards, birds and primates. That's us, too, right? I've written about elderberries before - the syrup we make is a part of our stay-healthy plan during the winter. Last week my niece took us on a walk near their home in a park that I used to visit with my grandparents on evening walks from their home. It's looking healthy and well-cared-for, and I am really pleased that she is getting to know the secret trails and hidden springs; it's so beautiful, and right in the city.
While there Ani and I spotted the second half of a rather large snake - a rat snake maybe? - and the first ripe berries of an elderberry plant! I only had to point it out, and the girls were already on their way back home to get bowls to gather the very ripest. We only managed to find about 1/4 cup of the dark berries, but it was enough to boil into a syrup for their lunchtime tea! We don't get many opportunities to share wildcrafting with Lucy, which made it extra special.
|Lucy and Gamgee|
|Hangin with Auntissy|
|Visiting with Big Papa and Great-great Aunt Jean|
|Eliza on the Wingra boardwalk (I didn't see much of Eliza during this trip!)|
|Morfar at the beach|