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Posted at 20th May 2010 - 10:58AM   Posted by Fairy Nuff   Time for coffee. Comments: 11

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Pot of strong Arabica on the hob and sesame bagels by the toaster.
I've put out a selection of cream cheeses, three fruits jam and
a herby hummus.

The Dandylion clock goes with my topic for today...
Plants as a plaything.

As a child we used Dandylions for telling the time of course.
We also used Plantains to play "Mary Queen of Scots had her head chopped off"
Groundsel after it had flowered was used as "Mince" to put on our plates along with our pebble "Tatties" and if you were lucky real peas fresh from the veg patch (at least you could eat them).
"Sticky Willies" were always a great source of amusement... especially from the boys point of view if you had long hair.

"Sticky Willies" are known by many local names it's posh name is Galium aparine and is related to Coffea arabica so those pesky little burrs can be dried and roasted as a coffee substitute...so if the coffee runs out you know what to doVery Happy

Did you play with plants as a child ?

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th May 2010 at 11:03AM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Sticky Willies . . . Shocked

I spent most of my childhood amongst the flora and fauna Very Happy I can remember making daisy chains and of course dandelion clocks . . . otherwise my time was spent looking on leaves for caterpillars and other wildlife.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 20th May 2010 at 11:07AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Yes...sticky willies.
I'm sure the dogs must have picked up those pesky little burrs and the stringy plant that hooks onto their fur, what do you call it ? (possibly Cleavers or Goosegrass).

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th May 2010 at 11:13AM

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Preseli Mags's Avatar Any coffee left? Ooh hummus - my favourite. Thank you. I must remember to tell my children about sticky willies - they are at that age where that sort of thing is the funniest thing ever. Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 20th May 2010 at 11:53AM

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CalicoKate's Avatar WW also known a Goose grass hough I have no idea why.
Being a tea Jenny I think I give the coffee substitue a miss!

Posted by: CalicoKate on 20th May 2010 at 12:32PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Apparently (for all you farmers out there) they used to chop it up and feed it to young goslings as it was kind on their little goosey tums.
Amongsed other medicinal uses it also provided the red dye used to dye the redcoats tunics.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th May 2010 at 12:39PM

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Tiggywinkle's Avatar Lovely topic FN and lots of memories. I was forever making daisy chains and garlands. If a buttercup shone under your chin, you liked butter. The best was playing shop. Laburnum seeds as pills,-never got poisoned- Bottles of gastly perfume brewing, and t Berginia leaves as Plaice - the filleting of the bones being the best part. I think we called Sticky Willies, Sticky Balls. I think I'll pass on sharing this one with Muffin (6) whose Aunt had a baby yesterday. She told me confidentially yesterday that her older cousin William told her "you have to sex to have a baby" Thankfully the conversation ended with the innocent statement, and she went off to play.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 20th May 2010 at 12:45PM

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Jaynebeth's Avatar sorry I missed coffee - it's that kind of day!

picking fresh rose petals from neighbours gardens to make my own perfume. I'm not sure they were overly amused!

daisy chains and also 'he loves me, he loves me not', and conkers.

Posted by: Jaynebeth on 20th May 2010 at 12:53PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Don't ya just love kids matter of factnessWink

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th May 2010 at 12:55PM

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Living in the city while I was growing up (well, as much as I ever grew up), and having parents who were "precise" gardeners, I didn't learn about exotic things like dandelion clocks. Even though we had the occasional dandelion (which didn't last very long).

Like WW, too much time spent looking for other sorts of creatures. Found one which was previously unknown in our parts.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 20th May 2010 at 04:21PM

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A definition for you. "Dandelion" = really big fibbing. Laughing Laughing Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Rob-bear on 20th May 2010 at 05:21PM

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