I am dipping into Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer and, curious to see how it looks, I did a search for “sweetgrass” the first link to show was probably the bots in action.

The Latin name for Kimmerer’s American Sweetgrass is Hierochloe odorata, meaning Sacred fragrant grass this one is rare in Ireland, and known here as Holy Grass, here’s a post about Holy Grass and on Wikipedia

We have a type of Sweetgrass in Ireland, known as Floating Sweet-grass
Glyceria fluitans, or Milseán uisce (water sweet) in Irish. Here’s what the plant looks like

Grasses are in the Family, Poaceae

There are lots of grasses in the Glen, I must look out for Sweetgrass when it flowers in the spring, to find it there now would be satisfying. I have been making cordage – a kind of spinning with fingers – from some grasses I gathered there in August, it would be some kind of synchronicity to find out it’s Sweetgrass//Milseán uisce or the other type of Sacred Sweetgrass.

Catch Up Zooms

Zooming today we had some time interference as the clocks went back to “real time” in Ireland, so we had an hour to navigate around. We talked about words for river – both creek and burn cut narrow courses, a glen is a valley often gorged from the ice and may or may not host a river today. We talked about looping and cording with plant fibre, stuff that takes time, and about dealing with thistles as big as small people, Bec was catching the heads before they blew and I had been firing them into the designated thistle patch at my mother’s garden. We talked about connections, story telling in sand, Sheelas, visualising with objects (how would you represent a 10cm dilation?) and we decided to set up this site to share our stories.