Strewing herbs were used mixed with, or instead of, rushes or straw to cover floors.

Strewing Herbs of all sorts:

  1. Bassell [basil], fine and busht, sowe in May.
  2. Bawlme [Lemon Balm?], set in Marche
  3. Camamel [Camomile]
  4. Costemary [Costmary/Bible Leaf]
  5. Cowsleps and paggles.
  6. Daisies of all sorts
  7. Sweet fennell
  8. Germander
  9. Hop, set in Febru arie.
  10. Lavender
  11. Lavender spike
  12. Lavender cotten [santolina]
  13. Marjorom, knotted, sow or set, at the spring.
  14. Mawdelin
  15. Peny ryall [Pennyroyal]
  16. Roses of all sorts, in January and September
  17. Red myntes [peppermint?]
  18. Sage
  19. Tansey
  20. Violets
  21. Winter savery.

From Thomas Tusser’s Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry:  

image: Herbs at medieval market, Campello (penguinee.wordpress)

You're Entire Adult Life is Based on a Decision Made By a Teenager
  • You're Entire Adult Life is Based on a Decision Made By a Teenager
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  • Passing Strange Live on Broadway (Final Performance)

Passing Strange Closing Night on Broadway

"You know, it’s weird when you wake up that morning and realize that your entire adult life was based on a decision made by a teenager.

THIS LITTLE SPEECH NEEDED TO BE ON TUMBLR.  One of the most powerful theater moments I’ve ever experienced.

If you strew it, they will come.

For a plethora of reasons (ok, mostly my own feelings of inadequacy and desperate need to feel like I’m doing something) I decided I’m going to make a greater effort to strew activities for the girls to do as it suits us. I’ve put together about 4-5 activities per week to offer them. If they choose to do all the activities, they’ll do 8 reading activities, 2 math, 2 science, 2 social studies, 2 language, 2 music, and 2 art activities in a month (these being very loose descriptions/guides/categories for this month- next month might look different). Some of the activities are combined- like there’s a science experiment/art project and a social studies/music activity. 

The idea is to just offer them more opportunities to explore the things they’ve expressed an interest in. None of the activities should take more than 45 minutes at the absolute most (and that’s just if they really like it and choose to take their time enjoying it- most activities will only take about 15-20 minutes). It’s pretty equally split between things we’ll all do together and separate activities based on their individual interests/abilities. 4 weeks of planning took me maybe 4 hours total, the majority of which was spent brainstorming activities and making a supply/resource list. I’m sure most people could just throw things together weekly, or even daily but I am just NOT that person. Savannah also appreciates knowing what’s coming up so she has time to mentally prepare. 

Like I said, this is really mostly for me. I’ve found that having a goal for the day helps me to get out of bed. On the flip side, anything too scheduley or intensive just turns into one giant pile of LOL NOPE for me. So I’ve gotta have a plan, but it’s gotta be flexible. I gotta be able to skip something if we just aren’t feeling it or if something else comes up without feeling like we’re ‘behind.’ I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ve struck a good balance with this plan.

I’m thinking of posting the plan on the unschooling blog I’m attempting to make a thing. I thought it would be cool if maybe other people wanted to do some of the activities? Maybe I’ll see how the month goes for us and decided after? Idk yet. We’ll see.

The art of #strewing ” (scatter or spread (things) untidily over a surface or area.) is to describe a particular method of engaging little ones in exploration, play, and learning. The basic concept is to scatter anything interesting as objects, materials, or combinations of things as a quiet invitation to your child to notice it, touch it, #explore it, use it and most importantly, have fun in the process. #kids #baby #toddler #fun

Strewing (TMI?)

Imagine strewing a tampon.

Husband puts all manner of things in his pocket at work and he brought home this curious thing. All 4 big kids discovered this tampon(it was new in wrapping) and asked individually what it was. They were genuinely interested what it was for and why. First J…then T..then N and lastly Av….N tried to explain it by saying “Its the thing for the thing, you know thing.” Not sure he was ready for that information.
I explained that women have blood to nourish a baby but if they are not pregnant, they have to get rid of it once a month. Some women use tampons to absorb the flow.
We don’t. That is, there is only 2 females in this house of seven; one is not yet a woman and I am breastfeeding but when there is a cycle I/we opt for cloth and cup.

Tonight, in the infinitesimal light of the stars,

The trees and the flowers have been strewing their cool odors.

I walk among them, but none of them are noticing.

Sometimes I think that when I am sleeping
I must most perfectly resemble them —

Thoughts gone dim.
—  Sylvia Plath, I Am Vertical


verb (used with object), strewed, strewn [strun] or strewed, strew·ing.

1. to let fall in separate pieces or particles over a surface; scatter or sprinkle: to strew seed in a garden bed.

2. to cover or overspread (a surface, place, etc.) with something scattered or sprinkled: to strew a floor with sawdust.

3. to be scattered or sprinkled over (a surface): Sawdust strewed the floor.

4. to spread widely; disseminate: to strew rumors among the troops.

before 1000; Middle English strewen, Old English strewian;  cognate with German streuen, Old Norse strā, Gothic straujan;  akin to Latin sternere  to spread (see stratum)


Strew is also the verb used to refer to the action of scattering cremated remains on hallowed ground.

Putting together bookmarks for each of the kids full of fun games and videos of things they’re interested in learning, since computer time has become more like tv time (specifically, watching every single episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch ever, repeatedly) and less exploring/discovery time. 


I wanted to post this that another mama wrote about the Unschooling term, strewing. But it also speaks to the basic Unschooling idea of supporting your kids, working with them and living a life that encourages learning and jOy.

When someone asked at, Deb/Bugsmom wrote this:

“Strewing: one way to look at it is similar to when you were dating your beloved. You studied that person, learned likes, dislikes, interests, etc. You found out maybe that your beloved liked spicy foods (and you hit every tex-mex restaurant in town). So you saw a new Thai restaurant open up nearby and extended an invitation to try it out. Thai food can be quite spicy. Your beloved might say No thanks. Or maybe I’ll think about it. Or maybe okay let’s go. And then afterward decide not to touch Thai food again, the spices are too different. You found something that might be of interest. Brought it into view. Your beloved could do with it whatever suited—no strings attached. That no strings is where it differs from ‘setting up’ kids for ‘educational experiences’. You bring home a neat bird’s nest you found BUT it has strings attached (and not the ones holding the nest together)— it usually comes with enforced study of birds, nests, habitats, etc. rather than “Hey this is really cool—anyone want to see it?” and let it take on a life of its own—one might glance up and go back to drawing manga, another might be fascinated and try to figure out what kind of bird it belongs to, a third might look at the nest and try to weave something him/her self and maybe get interested in weaving, basketry, knitting, and who-knows-what. No strings.

Another view is like the movie Coming to America (Eddie Murphy plays the Prince of Zamunda). In that movie, there are several young ladies whose task it is to toss rose petals in his path so his steps are sweet and fragrant. He doesn’t tell them where he’s going, he just goes. They study him, his usual behaviors and patterns, his likes and dislikes, and so on. So, most of the time they know that they can go this way and it is pretty close. Sometimes, though, he changes direction suddenly and it’s their job to get back in front quickly. We are those flower strewers—we study our kids, what they usually enjoy and so on, and try to draw those things into the environment. Sometimes though they take a sharp turn and after a month of dinosaurs, dinosaurs, dinosaurs, suddenly we’re in outer space. It’s our job not to pull them back to the ‘rest’ of the ‘cool dinosaur stuff’ we’ve been accumulating and ‘studying’ but rather to take a breath and head off into space, facilitating their access to what they want rather than saying Okay let’s do a “unit study” on space now.”

Taken from


gtor ma - dough offerings of various shapes and colors, torma [S. balingta- torma-offering, [ceremonially presented to deities or spiritual beings for diverse purposes connected w rites of service and attainment, strewing-oblation] [IW]

gtor ma - torma, balingta, torma-offering. [offering cakes ceremonially presented to deities or spiritual beings for diverse purposes connected with rites of service and attainment]. strewing-oblation, oblation; donation [RY]

dbal gyi tsha tsha - strewing flames and sparks [JV]

rab gnas me tog bsgrub pa’i cho ga - on the consecration and vivification of Buddhist images and stupas through strewing of flowers [RY]

The authors would like to kindly remind all readers not to strangle our idiot boys. Thank you.

Steve blinked over his shoulder. “You live in the attic?”

“It’s furnished. Like an apartment. Well, at least a couple rooms and a bathroom.”

“Damn. It would’ve been awesome if you lived under spiderwebs, surrounded by old furniture and creepy half-dismembered dolls.”

Bucky breathed easier to hear Steve not already running for the hills. “If it would make you happy, I could ask the girls to save the Halloween decorations and strew them around the den up there…”

“I like V too much to traumatize her with the dismemberment part.” Steve blinked innocently. “Or we could invite Nat over to teach her the most efficient way. Whatever.”

“She read Frankenstein this summer, remember? There is no traumatizing that child, I swear.”

“Fuck. Yeah, okay. I’m kidnapping her as a birthday present for Nat. They can run a criminal empire together. Or run for political office. Same difference.”