Marian Carcache: Nature is healing

Marian Carcache: Nature is healing

Trips to Russell County are a pleasure, and especially so in the spring. My son and I got up Saturday morning and took groceries to my parents in Jernigan who are following the advice of scientists and staying at home.

Along the way we enjoyed the scent of newly mown grass and the sight of fields of sour grass and ditches filled with clover, thistle, Brown-eyed Susans, and purple wildflowers.  When we arrived in Jernigan, Daddy had made muffins for us, and Mama had found my grandmother’s recipe for homemade wine, written in my great-aunt’s handwriting.




Having tried our hand at violet liqueur, honeysuckle ice cream, beer bread, and sautéed dandelion greens, we’ve decided to make homemade wine while we’re homebound.

We headed back to Auburn happy to have gotten even a short visit with family during quarantine – and with the car filled with treasures. We brought back a churn to make wine in, my grandmother’s Singer sewing machine bottom, and happy hearts.




On our way home through Seale, we stopped to photograph the old courthouse, visited Butch Anthony’s Drive-thru Museum, and got a snapshot of the old Eat Pig and Whistle barbecue building that is now covered with topical graffiti concerning the corona virus, and has a plastic deer decorating its roof.

Nature is healing, and the countryside between my home in Auburn and my home in Jernigan is filled with “splendor and majesty, strength, and beauty.”

Marian Carcache welcomes 

comments at carcamm@auburn.edu.