Crimson good fortune or black death

 

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Spindle fruits in autumn,  October 2017
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A pink version of yesterday’s monochrome

Pretend you can’t see the following if you like, as I’m going to break the numeric rule!

These unmissable pink fruits with bright orange seeds belong to the Spindle, or Euonymus europaea.  The name euonymus comes from two Greek terms: ‘eu’ meaning good; and ‘onama’ meaning name. Combined, these mean lucky.

However, in some areas, there was a not-so-lucky story attached to it, where if the spindle flowered early, an outbreak of the plague was likely.  What is more, the fruit and leaves certainly aren’t lucky for everyone.  Whilst the leaves make healthy food for many moths, both the fruit and leaves are toxic to humans, with the fruits having a laxative effect.  Plus, the fruits used to be baked and powdered, then used to treat head lice.

I think I’ll stick to enjoying their colourful beauty.


Now over to all of you. Do come and join us in our Saturday six-word musings.

As you can see, many of us openly break the numeric rule and share far more words (all excellent of course!) so the key rule is to have a title of six words – and then create around that the post that you desire! Perhaps in bunches of 6 words if you’re feeling inspired.

To join the challenge, please put a link in your post to the URL of this post. Then come back here and leave us a comment. If you have any problems with linking, just put your own URL into the comment. And do feel free to socialise digitally – tweet, instagram, flickr, etc. with the hashtagtags #SixWordSaturday and #6WS.

 

 


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 14 October 2017

Posted as part of Six Word Saturday

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