September might be my very favorite month. Most days are cool and crisp but there is a hint of summer left in the air. Today, after we finished Harry’s homeschool activities, we decided to pick wild apples. The past few days were beautifully autumnal, and I had dreams of wearing my apple colored wool jumper while I picked apples, but summer isn’t quite ready to leave yet. We went downtown first, to run an errand, and boy was it hot! We were all feeling a bit grump from the heat, the noise, the mad rush around us. I hadn’t left our wilderness nest for days, so it was a bit of a shock to venture downtown.
We we decided to treat ourselves to drinks and food from the salad bar at our local co-op health food grocery before going to pick apples. I’m glad we did because the universe guided me once again!
For those of you who follow me on Instagram @caitsdreamscapes, or read my last blog post, you’ll know that I had a dream about my spirit plant—the plant I need in order to call my spirit home. My dream revealed this plant to be lime (called linden here). I was determined to get linden flower blossoms for tea, yet I expected it would be difficult to find.
To my amazement and delight, our tiny co-op happened to have linden blossoms in the bulk section!!! I can’t wait to try this tea and share my experience with you. Hopefully I will be able to share my thoughts about this plant next week. I was just so amazed to have had this beautiful serendipitous event occur. It just goes to show that when you are quiet and listen to that inner wisdom, the universe guides you.
Okay, back to the wild apples. We were feeling less disgruntled after eating delicious, wholesome food (I had a Vietnamese noodle salad) so we drove back towards home and ended up at our favorite nature preserve. This is usually THE time of year for picking wild apples, so we were disappointed to find very few apples on the trees—and what we did find were green. Despite our disappointment, we had an amazing time. We identified lots of wild plants (all part of Harry’s homeschooling) and Harry pretended to be Little Red Riding off through the woods to visit Grandma. He carried the basket we brought with us for the apples.
We were so happy to find lots of plants that we connect with. We found goldenrod, asters, wood sorrel (Harry’s favorite treat), clover, and yarrow.
When we were driving home, the sky was AMAZING! We decided to take a detour to drive up to our favorite steep hill. It wasn’t raining on top of the hill, but we could see rain far in the distance—towards downtown. It just so happened that we remembered we were nearby a place with...a wild apple tree! And YES! It was laden with beautiful, rosy red apples!!! We only took a few as we tend to when gathering from one place. It’s important if you forage for wild food to be sure to be aware of how much you take. Leave plenty behind. I am so happy that we ended up picking wild apples after all! The day was perfect. And now, I’m going to brew my first ever cup of lime blossom tea. I feel certain the taste and scent of it will transport me back to my beloved New Forest.
Here’s to appreciating the simple things and finding magic in the ordinary. What a beautiful life this is!
Oh! And before I forget, I was inspired to start a new hashtag project on Instagram. After my dream about lime trees, and my experience in nature today, I felt like creating a hashtag called #enchantedsimplicity 🧡Please join in. Post your simple, every day, magical moments. Show how simple living can be enchanting! Make that cup of tea, those wild foraged mushrooms, that eco-friendly dress appear infused with magic. I can’t wait to see your posts. You can see mine on https://www.instagram.com/caitsdreamscapes/
Blessings and magic to you!