The snow is four feet deep at grandma and grandpa's, which means that all the world is a giant, white sandbox, with endless possibilities.
My parents are deliberately undermining my ability to entertain my children by providing more fun, magic, and beauty in a week than we can aspire to in half a year.
The Search for Chaga
While we were there, my mother learned about a fungus that grows on birch trees that will cure all diseases—if you can find it—including cancer. Right. Boots on, everyone!
My mother, an intrepid forager and herbalist, learned about chaga from some Polish friends, and she was determined to find one. Google it, if you like. I've got to admit, that while I brew all kinds of weird things, from kombucha to sparkly beet juice—yum!—I'm not terribly excited about birch fungus tea. If I were, you know, a prisoner in Siberia, Solzhenitsyn style, I might give it a go...But for now I'll take my fungi in pastry, with butter and garlic.
|Pretending to walk while standing still—harder than it looks.|
|the search for chaga|
|very exciting snow-bank incident|
Matthias managed to fall asleep upright on papa's shoulders.
|my adorable parents|
Did we find chaga? No, we didn't. But we bumped into a neighbour who said he used to harvest chaga with a veterinarian friend of his, for his dog who had cancer. How weird is that? I mean, the coincidence. Nothing weird about birch fungus tea....
We cut our losses and after a beautiful afternoon of snow and sunshine, we returned home to my parents' to find a present: a shopping bag containing a large, woody chaga! The thoughtful neighbour had found it and cut it with a bow-saw while we were hiking!
(Edited to add picture from wikipedia. You see it's not terribly disgusting, just a bit dark and woody)
And speaking of all things wise and wonderful....Raphael was baptized on the weekend. He has a sparkly, new, beautiful, spotless little soul.
And finally, Flying Squirrel was at the top of the list on Blogger's "blogs of note" site yesterday. I don't say this to brag, as the criteria seem a bit random to me, but to point out that this is also the first time I've gotten spam. It leads one to ask, "is Blogger pimping my blog?"
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