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Getting Intimate with Wild Foods

Getting Intimate with Wild Foods

It’s been two and a half decades since I started a serious (and fun) relationship with foraging. And it’s been well over a decade since I’ve been teaching foraging (I’m writing this in 2019). Like any relationship, there’s ups and downs, boredom, frustration, elation, new…

Sloes Song

Sloes Song

Coo-ee, here’s a little insight into one of the songs I’ll be sharing in The Singing Forager Experience – where we’ll be learning about the seasonal plants through songs, facts, stories, touch, sight and taste. Not that I recommend tasting sloes raw, though that could…

Learn to Forage through Songs

Learn to Forage through Songs

Song, verse, sound and rhyme have been used by humans for thousands of years to communicate, respond and express. Sound is an integral part of our daily landscape. It has been used functionally (to explain things) as well as for fun and as an essential part of celebrations across the world. Rachel Lambert is a foraging teacher who has sung all her life. She sings on her own on the moor, with friends, with family, to mourn and to celebrate life. Since childhood she has learnt songs and made up songs, feeling happy to hit the right or wrong note and just enjoy singing!

Why wild singing

There is much scientific evidence to suggest that singing is good for the brain, heart, gets creative juices running, sends feel good endorphins round the body and can help counter anxiety and loneliness. Coupled with the great outdoors, which can legitimately claim similar health and well-being benefits, wild singing is a pretty good boost for the body and soul.

The benefits of using song to learn about plants

Singing about plants and nature is also part of our historical tapestry. When Rachel Lambert (Wild Walks South West) has researched past uses of plants she’s often come across poems and songs. Songs tell of plant uses, claims of curing ills, bringing love and of old traditions. Rachel has taken this idea and created new songs to tell of plant qualities she often shares with participants on her foraging courses. Songs can be a great way to remember things, as well as just enjoying the moment.

If you’d like to see snippets of other songs, or read more about this experience, you may want to view my other Wild Singing blogs. I run The Singing Forager Experience for anyone who’d like to listen to, hum along or join in. Dates for these are here; The Singing Forager Experience and details of how to book is here.

Western Morning News, March 2019

Western Morning News, March 2019

Western Morning News_08-03-2019_A_015_RWM1ST Click on the link or image above to read the full article about singing in the landscape and combining foraging with songs about the plants.

The Singing Forager

The Singing Forager

  We’ve been having a lot of fun, Kelsey and I. We’ve been working pretty hard too. Kelsey Michael has been teaching me songs, I’ve been creating quirky little ditties about plants I see and eat along the coast paths and hedgerows, and we’ve been walking.…

Wild Singing – Rock Samphire Verse

Wild Singing – Rock Samphire Verse

 

Back in the warmth of the summer, I had a glorious few hours with singer Kelsey Michael. We’d been getting excited about words and tunes and at last had found a moment to share a walk and sing together outside.

This quick video is of us singing, what Kelsey now calls; The Foraging Song. The tune is from the Cornish Can Dilly song. Here we share the Rock Samphire verse which we created together to help you remember a little bit about it’s qualities!

If  you’ve  joined one of my foraging courses before, you’ll probably be familiar with this snippet of information;

‘Samphire growing on the rocks
Always there where the sea is not’

The song is in its early stages, open to having information added over time, about the same plant or additional ones (we currently have a Sea Spinach verse as well). I also share a popular recipe for Rock Samphire here; Rock Samphire Salsa Verde.

This is one of the elements we will be offering on our Wild Singing Walks – sharing anecdotes about plants, and potentially creating songs together with participants.

Rock Samphire growing on the rocksHead and shoulders of Kelsey Michael, wild singing walks

(The Rock Samphire edible plant we sing about, and Kelsey Michael on a stormy, winter’s day)

Kelsey and I share a love of the land, sea and being present to the elements. Over the years we’ve danced together (for work and play), sea swum as well as eaten and celebrated lots together. I’ve even been a singing student of hers, which gave me the confidence to work on and sing a song solo in front of a small group.

Kelsey is a fantastic singing facilitator and a professional singer songwriter in her own right, having performed Internationally as well as locally. Our new venture together, offering Wild Singing Walks (including wild tasters and a solo al fresco performance by Kelsey), is guaranteed to be a unique and inspired experience – watch this space!