Home the place to be, I’ve got a fire lit, music, even a scented candle for goodness sake* and the for the first time in what seems like a long while, the chance to play about with all things creative. I’m quietly content.
The day got off on the right foot with a sunny start, Spud and I went down the field to the copse, I wanted to check everything was OK where we buried Dacy the cat. The remaining berries on the Buckthorn caught my eye.
I planted Buckthorn in the place where we’ve chosen bury our pets, for very sentimental reasons.
As a child my Dad always used to dose the dogs, we had Border terriers, with syrup of buckthorn if they were unwell. I’m not sure it was the right thing, it was probably a very antiquated idea even in the 1960’s; from 1891 the Lewis Lloyd collection
"Occasional Physic for dogs
1 oz Jalap
1 pint of syrup of buckthorn
Dose for a full sized dog.
A large tablespoon twice a week, in hot weather more especially.
Jalap "consists of the dried tubercules of Ipomoea Purga, Hayne (N.O. Convolvulaceae), a climbing plant indigenous to the eastern slopes of the Mexican Andes." (The British Pharmaceutical Codex, 1911). It was used (in humans) as a purgative, as was Buckthorn syrup (The Physiomedical Dispensatory, William Cook, MD, 1869).
But there worse things to give a dog, see the prescription for distemper
½ oz White Hellebore
½ oz Black Brimstone
1 Pint of old milk (1 quart for a very small dog), mix together and sponge the dog well all over (particularly the chest and underneath parts). Shut the dog up in a warm place, it makes him very sick and purged for some hours – when recovered sufficiently feed for the first 24 hours on slops and no meat, afterwards keep him well. Tho’ the hellebore is poison, dog need not be muzzled. The above is a capital dressing for Sporting dogs once a month during the summer and hot weather."
I think it would take more than a scented candle to mask the smell of a dog drenched in sour milk
*The candle is very nice, so much so, that Mr Uphdd, who is not a fan of such things does not protest, it’s by Neom, and if you wanted to buy buckthorn hedging plants, I’d recommend the very nice people at Weasdale nurseries their fine plants have featured here before