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Sambucus nigra and an old watchmaker

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A big, old elder  grows  in the corner of our garden. No none knows, who has planted it. No one even notices it, growing there. Yet each year, in early summer, elder steps out from his corner, its milliard of tiny yellowish white flower stars bring fresh smell telling summer is here to everyone entering the garden. What is the flavour of this smell like? It is a glass of sweet elder syrup on ice with a slice of a lemon sipped in dark shade reading a good book and enjoying hot summer days.  Year after year, summer after summer ,it is the same smell pretending to be the sweetest elder syrup we sip late into winter to remember great days of last summer. When little white stars fade away one always knows, next year the elder will flower again, as an old clock, telling the summer is here …

The pith of elder has been used by watchmakers for cleaning tools before intricate work. from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus

The watchmaker - Charles Spencelayh

“The watchmaker” oil on Canvas. Charles Spencelayh from: http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_284554/Charles-Spencelayh/The-watchmaker