I live in the countryside. I am surrounded by nature. In summer I share this space with midges. Because of them, I also share this space with bats and swallows. I am just one of many creatures that calls this place home.

Luckily the midges don’t bother me too much. But some days they do. Today I collected yarrow from the roadside near my home. I chopped it and covered it in vodka. I’ve put it at the back of the cupboard, where I’ll leave it for 8 weeks. Then I will strain it, and transfer it to a bottle with a spray head. I’ll have a tincture to protect myself and visitors from midges all next summer.

In folklore, yarrow is known for protection, especially when going on a journey. Grateful for the many gifts that nature provides.

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