Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rosehips in My Garden

I love to garden and one of my favorite things to grow are roses. At last count, I have about 20 bushes. Most give me beautiful blossoms at least once a summer, while others grace me with a second bloom later in the season. In all the years I have been growing roses however, I never had any bush produce rosehips, until now.

I never had intentions to actually grow rosehips, it just happened. When I got back from Maine, one of the Rugosa variety of roses, began forming them. Rosehips are simply the seed pods of the rose plant. They aren’t a kind of plant themselves, they are the “fruit” of the rose plant, looking somewhat like a tiny crab apple or cherry, and full of seeds.

Why am I excited? Because this never happened in my garden before and things like this make me excited and happy (I lead a sad life what can I say?)

Early Christians considered rose hips to be sacred, and crafted the first rosary beads from rose hips. An interesting sidebar that I only learned today. ( Rosehip rosary)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Rainbow Connection

Today the morning sky was different! It was a bright orange - so beautiful! Then it started to rain and behold a rainbow - two in fact!

This got me to thinking about this song - so many versions, but I like Kenny Loggins best!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

My life's quote - by my son Guy

Guy had a reigion project to do; he had to take a quote by a famous person which would sum up his life in a 10 second advertisement.  This is what he picked:

This brought tears to my eyes, as he is one very determined and able bodied young man. He couldn't have choosen anything more appropriate. (Love you loads Guy! <3)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ahhh Schucks - how corny can you get?

A lot apparently!

We visited The East End recently & hit some farmstands. Came home with a huge bag of corn-on-the-cob (about 60 ears).

I decided to blanch the ears, cool them, strip the kernals off the cob & the freeze them in serving size ziplock bags. Not a lot of work & now we'll be able to have sweet corn for a while!