Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: #32

Thanks to Roger for setting out another FFftPP challenge this week.
You can check out his site here for details of how to participate.
Our image this week is provided as follows:

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Ellie loved the smell of lavender.
It reminded her of her great Aunt and the little tea parties she used to give to her and her friends when she was a child. Fresh scones and home made jam were accompanied by the endless lavender fields that adjoined her property. For those living in the town, it was a magical place, the noise and smell of traffic replaced by humming bees and the heavenly fragrance of nature.
Ellie had inherited the cottage two years ago but knew her Aunt was always close by, the garden table and single chair a reminder of those days long gone. She kept them in good repair, missing the days when she’d sit at her Aunt’s feet and watch as she weaved the lavender with colourful ribbon and thread into pockets of essence in various shapes and forms for sale at the local craft fayre.
As she picked the tender heads off the plants, she thought she heard singing, and turning slightly was convinced her Aunt was sitting at the table, a scone in front of her, and her tea cup raised in a private salute.
Ellie smiled, and about to raise her hand in acknowledgement, but the image disappeared and the bees were the only things in full voice.
Turning back to her task, she continued to harvest her crop, glad that she had thought to experiment with flavouring and colour in her recipes which had taken off and provided her with a living.

Note:
I’ve been aware that lavender is good for helping relieve stress and headaches, but before I posted this, I checked the internet to see if it is edible.
There are several sites, this is just one which might be of interest
https://www.livestrong.com/article/500806-what-are-the-benefits-of-eating-lavender/

I would draw your attention to the site’s end paragraph


A Word of Caution

Eating lavender has no known interferences with medications, although you may want to proceed with caution if you take sedatives or medication to treat high blood pressure. Consuming lavender along with sedatives may cause increased drowsiness. Likewise, lavender taken in combination with medication for high blood pressure may cause your blood pressure to drop too low. Check with your doctor before using this flower in cooking if you have concerns about any possible drug interactions. “

 

 

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: #32

  1. Sadje says:

    A beautifully woven story.

  2. Lovely. 🌸

    We have quite a bit of lavender this year and I haven’t known what to do with it besides enjoy it on the plant.

    • I used to double the stem back over the flowers and interweave with ribbon for wardrobe fresheners. I have a small pillow type sachet filled with dried lavender which has helped when I had a headache by slipping it under my pillow at night.

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