Fruits of the Summer at Cecebe
Lake Cecebe- no idea how it is pronounced but it is beautifully peaceful place on earth.
While working on art workshops and a large painting for a cottage up at the Lighthouse Landing Camp, I indulged myself in good old-style foraging. I found it a peaceful and liberating experience as it brought many sweet memories of my childhood. As a growing girl I used to go mushroom picking with my aunt who knew exactly what to pick and what not to touch. Quite often she surprised me with a mushroom I would never thought was edible, especially since she pointed to exactly the same looking one as a poisonous. I have no clue how she knew the difference. I also used to pick flowers and herbs with my grandmother who had a deep knowledge of their healing powers.
Although there was a great variety of mushrooms of all shapes and sizes at Lighthouse Landing Camp this summer, I only went for those simple “safe” ones. It always surprises me how a big heap of fresh mushrooms can shrink into such small pile when dried. The smell is divine!
From the beautiful meadows, trees and bushes I collected fragrant morsels of natures best medicines. Carefully dried and mixed they will bring back healing warmth of Summertime in the winter months. I called the tea blend The Summertime Love! It tastes, smells and looks like a lush meadow!
Broňa Wingell from Bratislava, Slovakia, now resides in Toronto, Canada. She has a deep reverence for the spirit in all things and paints for the beauty inherent in the process.