07 April 2016, The Tablet

Glimpses of Eden


There were four of us walking through the spring woods. Our niece’s Hampshire boyfriend, a keen fly fisherman, was explaining the beauty of speckled chalk-stream trout when I noticed the flowers decorating our crushed limestone path. Butter yellow and nodding on long, perky stems, it was coltsfoot. One of the first plants of spring, coltsfoot is named for its leaves, which are shaped like a foal’s hoof.

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