Mushrooms are springing up in every woodland in Britain right now.
There’s a gorgeous display of hawthorn berries in the hedgerows lately; a heart-lifting sight as we move towards winter.
I am waiting for my chemotherapy to start. There are five more sleeps until Friday.
Has anybody been watching ‘The Doctor who gave up Drugs’?
Everyone loves an operation. There are hospital anecdotes and scars and dressings and legitimate afternoon naps.
It’s definitely autumn all of a sudden.
Slowly, reluctantly, I battled my way out of the unnaturally deep and glorious sleep that is a general anaesthetic.
‘Oh, I’d love to grow herbs for a living!’ I hear that a lot.
Which left exactly seventeen days to live through.
I’m in southern France this week, at the end of a biscuit-dry summer.
The day for biopsy results came. It was mild and sunny in Perthshire so I carried my bike down the two flights of stairs and cycled uphill through the city to the hospital.
I'm now officially part of the gang. My sixtieth birthday was in the middle of August and although I stopped celebrating them years ago, I made an exception this year because it was time for me to become a Crone.
I just had an achy leg and yes I was breathing heavily. I put it down to being overweight and getting old.....wrong !
So you’ve come home with a basket full of berries, or roots, or fungi. What do you do with them? Unless you’re going to use them straight away (see ‘Making herb teas’), you’ll need to preserve them somehow.
I love Gerona Airport. It is small and perfectly formed with decent eating options, and direct flights from Glasgow, even if the last shuttle bus into the city centre sneaked away twenty minutes before the aforementioned flight from Glasgow landed.
There are a few charismatic megaherbs that most people have heard of: Korean ginseng, St.John’s Wort and Echinacea might well be the top three in the current herbal hit parade.
Image copyright Pukka Herbs
‘If it tastes bad it must be good for you.’ I never hear that from younger patients, but older ones remember being dosed with all sorts of unpleasant concoctions, back in the days before medicines came in capsules, or disguised with colours and flavourings.
If you’re planning a trip to somewhere mountainous, it’s worth thinking ahead.
One of the latest studies has found that migraine sufferers have low levels of vitamin D, vitamin B2 and co-enzyme Q10.
Foxgloves are everywhere just now, along hedgerows and field margins, on disturbed ground and wood banks.
Optimistic, the nice lady said. Pro-active, she added. Oh I couldn't resist that.
Elderflowers are coming into full bloom now, almost the last of the trees to blossom before midsummer.
So it’s official: GPs are now being paid not to prescribe antibiotics.