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A Year of Foraging by Sylva Fae Featuring the fabulous family from Home Is Where Our Heart Is

I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, and it started back in my childhood when my mum would bundle me into an old buggy and we’d bounce across the moors of Lancashire, England. I have many memories of feasting on the berries my mum picked from the hedgerows. Then later, we would enjoy pies and crumbles covered in thick homemade custard. As I’ve grown up, I’ve enjoyed simple foraging too, but it has never been a planned activity, merely a haphazard response to fruit we happen to find on our walks.

weeks’ worth of tinned and dried foods but no fresh produce. Moreover, I now had three hungry girls at home all day. I had two choices, break quarantine and shielding regulations, or find some other way to feed my family. I decided that I needed to up my game from being a fair-weather forager to actively seeking out what each season could give us. And so it started...our lockdown crisis kick-started our family foraging treks. I had a basic knowledge, but not enough. I looked to my friendly bushcrafty community for guidance and inspiration.

2020 was a strange year for everyone. Each family has a story to tell of how they adapted to the global pandemic, and we are no different. Right at the start, just as stories started to trickle into the news in England, my daughter was ill, suffering from the same symptoms named in the news articles (she recovered after a few weeks). We made the decision to quarantine ourselves, just in case. Over the following few weeks, England went into lockdown and I had to be shielded, but we live in a little cottage and the only way to be safe, was if my family shielded with me – they were happy to do so.

Home Is Where Our Heart Is The first foraging post that caught my eye was a YouTube video on nettle soup, by ‘Home Is Where Our Heart Is’. The happy, smiling faces, down to earth approach, and sheer enthusiasm of the presenters caught my attention. Not only were they fun to watch, but I was gaining knowledge of edible foods, and practical recipes I could use to feed my hungry brood. The whole family (Stella, Dane and their four children Maddox, Maddie, Bjorny and Baby Bruce) are involved in the foraging and cooking process – it reminded me of my own childhood, and inspired me to get my children involved too.

Shielding also meant we could no longer go shopping, something I’d always taken for granted. Still, I wasn’t worried, I could shop online...but when the shopping arrived, most items were missing, or substituted with tomato soup (I hate tomato soup!) I tried to put in another order, but by then the world had gone a little crazy panic buying – I couldn’t get a delivery slot for six weeks. I had approximately two - 28 -

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