By Willow Vanderling from Thread and Buried by Janet Bolin
A friend invited me to bring my dogs, Sally-Forth and Tally-Ho on an unleashed nature walk on her farm. It’s not really a farm any more, she’s let it grown up over years, and has meadows and woods. While the dogs romped around, the friend stopped and looked down. She had a funny smile on her face.
I followed her glance A sprig of asparagus was growing among the weeds beside our feet! She reached down and snapped it. That began us on a treasure hunt. Before long, she had a fistful of the green goodies growing wild, leftovers from long ago when someone grew asparagus nearby. She said the birds spread the seeds.
She also said I had to stay for supper…
I did. Because we’d snapped off only the tender tops of the stalks in the field, we didn’t have to snap it again. No pesticides or herbicides were used on it, either, so all she did was wash the asparagus and pop it into the microwave for a few minutes. The stalks were thick, tender, sweet and juicy. A feast!
Finding it was fun. I suspect she knew all along where to look. We also heard a frog and saw lots of birds, including a bald eagle. What about you, what have you discovered on nature walks?
You can read about how Willow solves a murder in the new Threadville Mystery, THREAD AND BURIED, available from these booksellers. Check out the first chapter here. Janet Bolin’s first Threadville Mystery, DIRE THREADS, was nominated for both an Agatha Award for Best First novel and for the 2012 Bony Blithe Award. The second in the series, THREADED FOR TROUBLE, was nominated for the 2013 Bony Blithe Award. Her third mystery, Thread and Buried, is available at these booksellers. Visit Janet at facebook and twitter.
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