Bay leaves can be used fresh or dried. They really add that special 'something' to a dish. A useful tip is to tear the leaves before adding them to your cooking - this releases the delicious oils. The leaves should be removed and discarded before eating.
My nature table goodies today are displayed on my lovely old pine coffee table which was lovingly made by my husband many years ago. Its three-monthly waxing is well overdue; we are clearing the Christmas decorations away today, so I shall persuade him to get the wax out and restore it to its glory, after months of having our feet resting on it as we relax on the sofa. I love the sight of freshly-waxed pine and will post a photo of it once the grain has been coaxed back into life.
I hope to have a regular nature table on my blog - there are some wonderful things around us and I want to make the most of what I find!