Friday, 15 August 2014

Medicine for a centaur.

This small flowering herb is called Centaury because the myhical centaur Chiron used it to cure himself of a wound  from an arrow poisoned with the venom of the nine-headed sepent Hydra.
Centaury prefers to grow on poor, alkaline, soil and so at Filnore Woods it can be found on the slope below the pylon.  This is where, several years ago, the soil was eroded by heavy machinery, which was used to service the high tension cables on the pylon.  

So even an event which we think of as damaging the environment can sometimes have an unforeseen beneficial effect.

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