The bi-product of these walks has been the gathering of grasses and anything else that looks workable, like docks, plantains and wild oats. Grasses are a whole new field of botany for me. I lived in London for 30 years where the only grass I saw was mown to within an inch of its life in a public park. So, my general rule of thumb for gathering the stuff has been, if I like the look of it I cut some. There is a purple grass that grows in a dried out reservoir by the railway line that was stunning when I cut it first. But it has dried now and although it still has a hint of purple it is very much less attractive. It seems to me that in basket making with natural materials everything always ends up, ultimately, in the brown spectrum, which is probably why, on the whole, I prefer unnatural materials!
Looking for a natural cure for the massage god's allergic asthma I hit on the 'water cure' and as the web site suggested that it works for almost anything and it costs nothing to do, we both gave it a try. He hasn't wheezed since and my back is feeling way way better. Is it a coincidence that plants and humans both function better when they are hydrated? The grass is certainly greener when it is growing.