Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
It's my pleasure to bring a new episode to you about our mysterious nature. This month we are discovering the mysteries and magics of Mother Nature's inhabitants. Today I have another nice tree / bush which I think you will know, because it is very common in a lot of places around the globe, the Elder.
The elder is a small but bountiful tree, covered with edible fragrant blossoms in summer and juicy purple berries in autumn which country people have used for centuries in jams, jellies, medicinal syrups and wine. Its hollow branches have proved useful for all manner of pipes and bellows; in fact, its name probably originates with the Anglo-Saxon 'eller', meaning a kindler of fire. In Ireland elder was a sacred tree, and it was forbidden to break even one twig.
|King's Men Stone Circle (Oxfordshire)|
|Cottage on The Isle of Man|