Children of to-day may not concern themselves with such
things, but long ago it was a seasonal ploy to gather souracks
and to search for arnuts, which were also called lucy-arnuts,
earth-nuts and pig-nuts. They weile dug out of the turfy soil
with gully-knives or fingers. They were rather like marble-sized
potatoes. Conopodium denudatum is the Latin name for the plant,
and it is a member of the hemlock family.
were hard and tasteless, but perhaps the effort to gel them made
them the more desirable, like the inside of thistles, painfully
deprived of their prickles.
those days children esteemed other things of a like nature, the
soft end of rushes, the sweet flowers of the clover, birch
beer caught in a tin below a spale cut in the
silvery bark, young larch twig points and the resin itself, when
soft and clear it was very aromatic and had a fine clean taste.
childrens ploys and toys are many and various, and to deal
with them adequately (as with folk-lore in general) a writer would
need plenty of ink and plenty of time. Even then, as William Soutar
Lang, lang, or the makin were ended
His rowth o years were by;
And a the hills wud be midden-heaps,
And a the burns dry.
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