Daily Diary, 20 July, 2020

Today I was remembering people talking about how strange it was that we didn’t have any summer and how late in the year it was. Well, now we are getting summer weather that is making up for lost time, so to speak. Even so, I forced myself to leave the building, go to the kitchen and prepare a bowl of buckwheat kasha, with a fried egg and some vegetables. This time, instead of washing everything down with Inka, I made a tall glass of herbal tea from tansey which is growing near the ramp that leads to the big church.

For anyone interested, tansey tea is best when made from freshly picked tansey. All a person has to do is boil some water, pour it into a glass (don’t pour the water over the tansey) then immerse the tansey in the hot water and let it it for about 3 minutes. The water will not change colour and will look just like regular drinking water, but the taste of the tea is a delight, being very “herbal” but not heavy and so is also quite refreshing and good for your health, in limited quantities.

Following the enjoyment of the tea, I began walking back to my little abode and spotted a small lizard on the boardwalk. I was fast enough to get an actual photo of the lizard before it slipped through a space between the walk and the wall. Then it was also a treat to spy a large heron standing on one leg, in the midst of the stream that is just past the entrance. The water is presently quite stagnant and so a welcome home for the herons who catch frogs and other life that lives in the water.

On that note, I shall sign off the diary and have a large and cooling glass of tepid water.

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