I’d never really known that a daisy chain was a ‘thing’ until I came to England, and it was really only here that I understood what the ‘garland’ really was. The first time Ameli asked me to make her a daisy chain, I had absolutely no idea how, but fortunately, it’s pretty intuitive!
To make a daisy chain, simply pick a daisy or other flower low down, then using your nail, pierce a hole in the stem. Thread the next flower through the hole, and repeat in that flower’s stem and so you go on until you get to the size you want. These days I actually really enjoy sitting making daisy chains. It’s slow, and quiet and rather therapeutic.
I mean, if it was good enough for Alice, it’s good enough for me. And look what happened to Alice when she took time out to be still and lie under a tree. When she started thinking about Daisy Chains, she went on a great adventure…
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?’
So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
We’re completing the National Trust’s #50Things campaign because, well, it’s great. This was number 16: Make a daisy chain on their list. You can see the full list here.