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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Last night was taco night at home. In preparation of this meal, I was able to pick a handful of cherry tomatoes from our bushes in the yard. I am eating the last three of those with my lunch today. I seems very probable to me that these are the last three until next year, but there are still some green ones and the weather is warm, so maybe I’ll get a few more.
One evening last week, as I was running some errands, I found myself with a few minutes to kill in the Springhurst area. I remembered that there was a spot nearby where I had seen lots of daffodils in the spring. This spot is pretty neglected; it is near the base of a telephone pole on the border of a vacant lot and a small strip mall, where a house stood until a few years ago. I had made a mental note of it in the spring, because I had the idea of slipping over there and swiping a few bulbs. I don’t know who owns the property, but I find it hard to believe that they cared one tiny bit if some daffodil bulbs were heisted.
So that’s what I did. I happened to have my metal detecting gear, including my hand spade, in the trunk.
I wasn’t exactly sure where to dig, because the spring vegetation is completely gone after summer sets in. So I dug one test hole…nothing. A second hole…nothing. I thought I’d try one more, and give up if it was still non-productive. The third hole had a big clump of daffodil bulbs.
I hosed them off when I got home, and now they are in the garage. I’ll plant them soon, but I still need to figure out where.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Before our European ancestors discovered pumpkins growing in the New World, they were carving faces in turnips and putting candles inside them. It’s a holiday tradition that dates back thousands of years. In recent decades, pumpkins have supplanted turnips in almost all corners of turnip-carving Europe, but it still hangs on, in spots.
I’d never carved a turnip, and decided it was time to give it a try. I used X-acto blades for the cutting, and a clay working tool to hollow out the turnip.
It’s certainly more challenging than carving a pumpkin, but a turnip jack-o’-lantern comes out looking about the same, just on a smaller scale.