Trouble brewingThursday 6th April 2000
Peacock and Comma butterflies are out in the sun, a contrast to Monday's wintery weather.
Ground Ivy grows by the side of the lane. Its purple-blue flowers make a striking colour combination with the purple and green leaves of Cow Parsley. Ground Ivy, once known as Ale-hoof, was used to give beer a bitter flavour before the introduction of Hops in the
Talking of brewing, here's a story from my forthcoming book on Coxley Valley, to be published next month. It isn't recorded whether ale-hoof or hops were used.
In his diary, Oliver Heywood, a puritan, tells us that in 1681 Mr Armitage of Netherton (who was at that time in the Debtors’ Prison in York) had a mill re-located 'To ye great River Calder in Horbury.'The Land Rover has been dragged out of the canal. Floating further downstream is a Pike, about 16 inches long. It has a striped and spotted greenish camouflage. I didn't know there were pike in the canal, but it shouldn't be a surprise; there are plenty of Roach for them to feed on.