As we all know, the season of autumn begins with the Autumnal Equinox — Mabon. And like I probably mentioned before, autumn is my favourite season. I absolutely love the rainy weather, the autumn leaves, the harvest… and absolutely everything that is connected with autumn. Yesterday we had some strong winds in my area, and as I was walking home from school, I realised that while I was gone (I was on the Natural Science camp with my classmates last week), the horse chestnuts have ripen. Before I continue, just to let you know, horse chestnuts aren’t edible. To see the difference between horse chestnuts and sweet chestnuts (also called marrons) look at the two photos below.
So, as I was walking, there was a lot of chestnuts laying on the ground, due to strong winds. I started to gather the chestnuts. I think that they look very gorgeous and “autumny”, and I use them as a decoration every year. But besides their use for decoration, my grandmother uses them for healing purposes. She crushes the chesnuts and pours homemade spirit (approx. 55–65 % fruit spirit) over them. Then, she leaves the chestnuts to soak in the spirit for an amount of time. This mixture is a home remedy for rheumatism and muscle cramps. She has this problems because of her age and as a result of hard work, and this chestnut tincture really helps her. Below, there are some photos I took on my way home.
Some of you have been asking me about how was it on my Natural Science camp. I have to tell you I had a very good time actually. I wasn’t looking forward going to the camp, but it was better than I excepted. We were measuring temperature, pH, salinity and presence of different ions (nitrates, nitrides, phosphates, ammonium etc.) in the sea water. We were exploring the seaside ecosystem, the geological history of the area we were at, and visited an oceanographic station. The camp was fun, I have learned some new things and it was nice to learn “outside in the world” instead of listening to the professor’s lecture for a change.