Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


0051. I was visiting an elderly – 96-year-old -friend who has just moved into a nursing home in Uxbridge yesterday. She’s from Lancashire, and she told me of a phrase to remind you of the names of Sundays before Easter:
Tid, Mid, Misere,
Carlin, Palm, Paste Egg Day.
Carlins are small, brown pea-like things which you eat [Uxbridge, Middlesex, April 2004].

2. Carling Sunday, three weeks before Easter: Where I live now in Cumbria a kind a brown dried pea, usually given to pigeons, soaked and boiled and eaten with molasses is eaten. Not a family tradition with me, but I eat them now – OK once a year [Alston, Cumbria, August 1989].

Images: main, purchased Balham Market, London Borough of Wandsworth; inset, cultivated, Misterton, Somerset, both July 2015.