Foraging/Wildcrafting doesn't always come with guaranteed results,
sometimes you don't find what you were searching for and go home empty-handed.
Other times you find a completely different salad leaf, berry, nut or fruit than you had hoped for.
If you forage frequently in the same place, year after year, you get to know what you can gather, where and when to look for it, but it's not an exact science. Climatic conditions vary, hungry birds and animals come and go, some years certain plants flourish other years they don't, human behaviour changes (other foragers/neighbouring cultivations and local council intervention). When wild edible plants reach their peak, it's not always possible to be ready and they don't stay that way for very long.
However, some days you find something totally different, something you weren't expecting;
such as a plant you've never seen before, an escaped dog that decides it wants to play, a pretty stone or maybe a pile of porcupine quills...........
A few days ago I found an old bottle. It's not the first one I've found. There is a nearby embankment, which is full of broken glass and old rubbish. Every now and then after heavy rain a long forgotten bottle or piece of ceramic reveals itself. It must have been an old dumping area for unwanted household items. The bottle isn't really old, probably from the 1940/50's.
After I took it home and cleaned it, I discovered that it was an old cough syrup bottle (Famel).
The active ingredients were codeine and lacto-creosote, which sounds pretty strong stuff.
I have a soft-spot for old glass bottles, from a time when not everything was made of plastic. A while ago I also found a tiny one-application shampoo bottle (Rilux), which promised shiny soft hair with it's active "egg" ingredient.
I also unearthed a lovely amber bottle for "Amaro Giuliani" a medicinal herbal bitter, containing rhubarb, cascara, gentian and boldo.
The publicity can be translated as;
"I hit the ceiling for little things...I'm nervous....depressed".
"Amaro Giuliani is what you need".
"I've become a philosopher again, I smile, life seems more beautiful!".
They look lovely in front of a window.