Thursday 15 July 2010: THE SWEETEST THING
I had a short day at work today as I had taken a half day's holiday as my new bed was being delivered at some point after half past one. Well, that was the theory but at quarter to eight this morning there was a knock on the door and there were the delivery men with my bed. Mass panic ensued. Where was I going to put the darned thing until I had evicted my old bed from its home? The living room won the prize and after the new bed was decanted against the back wall of the living room I went off to work.
When I got back home I set about moving the furniture from my bedroom so that there was room to 'swing' a bed round. While I awaited the arrival of my sister, who had promised to help me put the new bed in situ, I took myself off for a walk.
On my walk I found lots of my slippery friends (snails) and at one point I found the stem of a Cow Parsley plant that was festooned with four of the little blighters climbing up it. Since I began blipping, snails seem to have become one of my favourite subject matters. My camera's lens, in its macro setting, has opened up the wonders of snails to me and I am now wondering if I have missed my vocation. Do they do degrees in snailology?
However, the Meadowsweet pictured above is now in full bloom and as the weather seems to have turned, quite rapidly, from sun to heavy showers I wanted to get a picture of it before the wind and the rain decimated the beautiful feathery petals. Thus, I blipped away. I am reasonably happy with the result and with the dampness in the air I was quite intoxicated with the wonderfully sweet delicate aroma of the plant's scent.
Meadowsweet isn't just a pretty flower though as it has numerous medicinal qualities as it was (and still is) used in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, influenza, headaches, gastritis, peptic ulcers, bladder complaints and kidney disorders. It was from this plant that salicylic acid was first discovered in 1839.
Time has moved on considerably now and the bedroom has been transformed. The new curtains are up and the old bed has been placed outside ready for the council to come and collect it and to take it away for disposal. The new bed is ready for me to fall into.