Nettle Tea and the Boscawen-Un stone circle

Taking a hike to the Boscawen-Un stone circle

Took a walk to the Boscawen-Un Stone Circle. The mist had thoroughly settled on the moors, lending an eerie air to the event as I wandered between the hedgerows along parish pathways to visit the circle. So far I have found Cornwall to be a bit of a cold, misty and overall miserable place, but the countryside I have been able to see so far has still been beautiful.

Boscawen-un photography gorse hedgerows

The walk was a solid slog through deep mud at times, but the pathway was easy enough to follow.

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After I got there, it was very grounding to spend a minute admiring the stone circle, and wonder at its history. I walked the deep ruts that encapsulate the circle, inside and outside the stones, taking in the colour of the gorse and the peace and silence of the standing stones.

There was a tree with all sorts of offerings and witchy ornaments hanging from its branches just outside the circle.

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Boscawen-un stone circle witch tree visit Cornwall

On the way back from my walk, I picked the young leaves from the tops of a bunch of nettles.
Foraging nettle tea walking hedgerows Cornwall

These I took home with me and made into tea.

Nettle tea recipe;

Large handful of nettle leaves

1L water
Take off the largest nettle stems. Bring water to boil, add leaves and turn off heat. Let steep for 5-10 minutes. Ladle hot liquid into mug and drink. You can let the nettles steep for a few minutes longer, strain them, and eat them with a splash of oil and some salt and pepper.

Brewing nettle leaves for tea

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Warming and soothing nettle tea, nice to drink on a cold afternoon after a walk in the Cornish moors.

Related: other nettle recipes

Horta vrasta with nettles

Nettle soup

Nettle pesto

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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One Response to Nettle Tea and the Boscawen-Un stone circle

  1. Pingback: Helping out at a wild foods cookery school in Cornwall, Penzance | kellymariemcewan

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