Summer’s benediction


P1160272The grass grows long and wan now, intermingled with fallen willow leaves, awaiting one last cutting before winter…


And I lounge beneath the willows dappled shade restless with not knowing how best to spend this perfect and perhaps last summer’s day—read? write? nap? think deep and sentimental thoughts of summer’s passing…


I do a bit of each on the way to realizing that what I most want to do is just be present and still in this moment, unfettered by what I should do, could do, might do or ought perhaps to do…

Yes, this is what Sunday is for– celebrating the need to do nothing but revel in what God has already done.

Thank-you Lord…

For the dapple of light filtering through long willow fronds,
the brilliant nasturtium and marigold faces just beyond.

For this gentle breath of wind and last summer’s warmth of sun on skin.

It’s all so delectable, so restful, so…GOOD.


Sunflowers hang their heads like weary sentinels; They are heavy with seed for passing birds…P1160305P1160302

And I listen to birdsong in the quiet wake of neighborhood lawn mowing now ceased,


as autumn steals softly in with this day of benediction for all the goodness of summer.


“And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” Gen.1:12

“All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you.” Ps.145:10


The Produce Parade

Today the sun slept in.

Summer’s on its way out at last. But OH! what a gloriously warm one it has been.  We have never seen so much sun for so many weeks on end in our ten+ year history here.  So I can’t begrudge the bit of spitting rain that hurried me in my garden tasks today.

I dug the last potatoes. They’re not much to look at, but always a marvel to unearth.

I pulled out most of the tomato plants and gathered up the green ones to ripen indoors.

I urged on the happy yellow zucchini that is suddenly proliferating young ones now that the season is all but spent….

And then I came in and took stock of summer’s remains, smiling all the while with the delight that comes of growing things in one’s own garden…




P1160217Most of the apples have been turned into applesauce already—a delicious cinnamon/brown sugar kind that smacks of apple pie.  We enjoy it on Sunday mornings on French Toast and then the leftover bit on Monday mornings in our Cream of Wheat.

But today I discovered  a pale gem of an apple on a little wild sapling that came up a few years back.  We didn’t expect much from it though the deer certainly made much of it this season.  But today I realized there were three apples left for me. And wonder of wonders they were the juiciest, crispest, sweetest apples of any we have grown.  No wonder they were such a hit with Bambi and friends.  We will definitely be paying more attention to that tree!  Any idea what kind of apple that pale one would be?


P1160219 Not far off is the little scruffy hazelnut tree.  I planted it from a little sapling I picked up cheap at our local Seedy Saturday event…It’s had a rough go of it. The bears CRAVE protein at this time of year when they’ve had their fill of berries and apples and are ready for a long nap.  They pillage our little hazelnut predictably.  So I beat them to it this year and picked the nuts while still green.  They’ve ripened now and we shall have nuts for chocolate chip cookies!

P1160223 I grew my own Mr.Lunt (of Veggie Tales fame) this year for the first time.  We ate him shortly after the photo shoot, baked with brown sugar and apple slices. I thought it was yummy, though my opinion was not shared by all. It’s probably a good thing there was no Lunt family in the squash patch this year, just a pair of Lunts.

P1160224 Well, the zucchini tide is ebbing now.  We’ve had a bumper crop to use in cakes and loaves and fritters and fried ‘Italian wonder’ and relish and…we still wonder if it has any nutritive value at all, or is it just great moist filler for everything?  We tried and loved a new recipe this year:  Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread.  Wow!

P1160226And this orange thing…well, it’s hard to say what it actually is.  Unlike pumpkins, it was orange from the start, and such a brilliant orange.  Shall we try eating it or not?


P1160242Tomatoes.  We’ve had them in all sizes on the table every day for weeks now. These tiny marble-sized ones I call “Mini Maries”. They are sweet and tangy at the same time and oh so prolific.  Good thing, because we tend to eat them by the handful.

P1160230Have you grown these?  They’re tomatillos with a twist; these are a purple variety.  Tell me, does this mean I can’t make Salsa Verde with them?



And that’s all for the produce parade today, except to mention the ubiquitous Kale.  It is everywhere in the garden thanks to its incredible ability to reseed itself. (And its knack for surviving the compost pile.)  We mostly ignore it but have been known to try kale chips and the occasional pot of steamed greens, though we prefer swiss chard.



You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance.
















Where do Sesame Seeds come from?

I know where poppy seeds come from,

and sunflower seeds too.  These flourish in my garden:


In past years I’ve planted flax seeds and seen them flower both blue and red…

but as I was falling asleep one night I wondered…

Where do Sesame Seeds come from?

I’ve never grown these.

So, I looked it up. On the Internet, of course. (Why do I keep that World Book set anyway?)

And now I know.

According to Wikipedia, they come from a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum! (would you believe!) “Numerous wild relatives occur in Africa and a smaller number in India. It is widely naturalized in tropical regions around the world and is cultivated for its edible seeds, which grow in pods.”

I read on to find that  the sesame seed has been domesticated for at least 3000 years and there’s evidence that it was once a major crop in the Middle East.  It’s drought tolerant and oil-rich, making it a favorite in places where nothing else will grow.  India exports the most sesame seeds and Japan imports the most.  And that’s the bare bones of where sesame seeds come from. Just in case you ever wondered…

And if you want to know just a little more…look here.

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If your curiosity knows no bounds, you’ll enjoy this lovely little blog post featuring eleven foods that grow in unexpected ways. The cashew takes the prize for The Surprising-est!

And with that foray into things unknown, I will return to my own familiar garden and the seeds growing there today!








And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.”

And it was so.  The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind.

And God saw that it was good. Gen.1:11,12     Amen! and Amen!


All creation sings His praise!