Pillow Walker

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream…


March 2013


Google Adds Street Views of Japan Nuclear Zone



Well, it is honey… One of my favourite things… because I’m a bear. ūüôā

March Foraging

March and the¬†beginnings¬†of spring…

Primrose - Primula vulgaris
Primrose – Primula vulgaris

One of the first signs of wild flora activity that heralds in the Spring season is the flowers that begin to show in March such as the Primrose plant (Primula vulgaris) –¬†The plant can grow in woods, hedgerows, parks and gardens, and because of this care should be taken not to pick flowers that are on private grounds, also one should be aware that flowers can become tainted from roadside contamination, so it’s best to avoid these as washing the flowers will ruin them. ¬†As with any wild food you are planning to pick, please leave some of the flowers intact for¬†insects such as bees.

The flowers were used medicinally, but for foragers today the main use of the flower is to decorate cakes and to add colour to spring salads.¬†¬†You can also eat the leaves of the Primrose but the tastes range from mild lettuce to more bitter salad leaves, so it’s probably best left alone.

Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale
Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale

Another common plant that everyone should know about in the UK is the Dandelion plant (Taraxacum officinale) –¬†The common name “dandelion,” comes from the French phrase “dent de lion” which means “lion’s tooth”, taken from the¬†serrated¬†look of the leaves – Usually the young leaves and buds are eaten raw, and make a great addition to any salad, the older leaves can also be eaten raw but tend to have a more bitter taste, and are best left for cooking in dishes such as soups and quiches.

The raw leaves are high in vitamin A, C and iron, carrying more iron and calcium than spinach leaves, but obviously cooking steams some of these minerals away.

I’ll leave the flowers and the root of the Dandelion for another time in the calendar when it is best left to harvest.

Cleavers - Galium aparine
Cleavers – Galium aparine

A sticky plant which I had great fun with as a child throwing on the back of friends and family, it adheres to animals and peoples clothing and is also a common find in the UK, growing along damp river banks, fences and up high attached to other plants, called Cleavers or Goosegrass (Galium aparine) ¬†– In the old days dried Cleavers used to fill the inside of some mattresses as the plant would stick to itself and make a uniform pile, it’s root would produce a strong red colour.

Cleavers make another good addition to cooked food at this time of year especially when the leaves are picked early before the addition of any plant fruits. The small leaves are only really suitable for cooking and can be added to a variety of dishes such as stews, soups and can even be made into a refreshing tonic drink.  The leaves are said to promote lymphatic flow, as to be cooling, soothing and cleansing.

I’ll leave it at that for today’s post, I may include some more March wild foods in the coming days, so stay tuned. ūüôā


Susan Clark has written an excellent article on cooking with wild primroses, with a few recipes at the web-site.

The BBC have quite a few recipes for Dandelions at their web-site.

Spicy Chicken Cleaver recipe courtesy of

Here is a recipe for Lemonade made with lemons and Cleavers.

Blog at

Up ↑


A great site


Embrace Your Inner Otaku

amateur airplanes

Let's build.

The Forest Dweller

Full of knowledge and inspirations

Rich Mills

writing, rambling, ranting

cancer killing recipe

Just another site

James Wolanyk

Musings about fantasy writing, international teaching, and general nerdery.

Confessions of a Readaholic

Book Reviews | IAuhor nterviews | EST 2013

Storytime with John

Pull up and listen...I've got a funny one for ya...


A fine site


A writing site


A great site

A.D. Martin

writing - novels - film - television - video games - other stuff


My journey - The good, bad and the ugly

Ramblings of a retired teacher

Full time husband, father and grandfather

Lost in the Rubble ~ Jessica Kim

by jessica kim woodward

In-Between Screens

Film and Gaming Articles

Mark Deeble

A wildlife filmmaker in Africa

Wendy Schreier Photography

Content © 2017 Wendy Schreier | Reproduction without specific written permission is prohibited.



In Moscow's Shadows

Analysis and Assessment of Russian Crime and Security

The Dystopian Nation of City-State

A cruel, futuristic vision created by science fiction authors James Courtney and Kaisy Wilkerson-Mills. ©2013-2016. All Rights Reserved. All writings available through Amazon.

'diff graff

Featuring Street Art and Graffiti from Cardiff and beyond

Scene by Minerva

the tentative steps of an improving photographer

Midlife Crisis Crossover!

Viewing the non-geek world through geek lenses. And sometimes vice versa.

Joey Kudish

Software Developer, DJ, Producer/Mix Engineer & Digital Nomad

Ray Ferrer - Emotion on Canvas

** OFFICIAL Site of Artist Ray Ferrer **

Watts Up With That?

The world's most viewed site on global warming and climate change

Donovan Shaw

donovan shaw

Just another WordPress site

Pride's Purge

an irreverent look at UK politics


‚ÄúWe do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert‚ÄĚ. - J Robert Oppenheimer.

Sarah Tanburn's blog

writes, rants, reads

The Slog.

An incorrigible Cognitive Dissident

Kia Boo

Just another site

The Hole in the Wall

Just another weblog

Little Birdhouse in My Soul

Direct from the Twilight Zone

ECW Theory

Reading Group

Exposing the Blackberry Lush

Honesty is the best policy

Wings Over Waters

The poetry of the earth is never dead ~ John Keats

CarolAnnB - Insight, Philosophy, Social Media & More

A journey of life, living, loving, and exploring the spiritual, philosophical, and sociological sides of society and me

Tory Britain!

Since 2010 the Tories have killed over 130,000 claimants & starved and made homeless millions more! The poor, sick & disabled need you for this to end. Don't vote Tory, ever!

Guy Debord's Cat

Always gets the cream...

Beastrabban\'s Weblog

Just another weblog