We started our day with a hike with Mary Ray, nationally renown herbalist from Bardstown. A group of about 20 people showed up for a two-hour hike (a stroll rather) around 400-acre Shelby Trails. Mary couldn't go three steps without stopping to show us a useful weed, wildflower, or tree bark. She was like a walking encyclopedia of wisdom for the therapeutic use of medicinal plants -- maybe more like a combination medicine woman/shaman. For every specimen, she talked about its medical uses and whether she uses it to make a tincture, salve, poultice, extract or tea. It was a lot to take in -- but definitely roused our curiosity. One more thing to add to our list of things we need to learn.
|The teasel weed can be used as a healing wash to treat acne, eye inflammation, itchy skin, sties, and wounds. |
It also can be prepared as a poultice to get rid of warts
|First stop: Old Hickory for a chopped mutton sandwich and some burgoo.|
|Second stop: an afternoon at the Gilmores. Natalee was in town with baby Eliza. |
When not napping, she was cheering for her dad's favorite basketball team. Go Cards!
|We spent part of the afternoon at Rose Hill Cemetery. Ed wanted to see Aunt Gladys' headstone and then we walked around |
finding the headstones of his parents, grandparents (see above) and sister and brother-in-law.
|Last stop: Famous Bistro, our favorite restaurant in Owensboro. |
Gay, Steve, Natalee and Eliza had dinner with us before we began the trip back home.