Saturday, July 24, 2010

the best thing I ever ate

Cherokee purple tomatoes with Elsie's dressing! An heirloom variety, these babies are worth the winter waiting for a real tomato. Elsie's dressing which is an oil/vinegar dressing with 20% ketchup added and lots of garlic, perfectly covers these ummy maters (although they stand well enough alone). eat your heart out!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

sky bringing rain

In the hollow, I've become a cloud watcher, as I was on our sailboat as a kid. Friday the sky drama competed with Katrina's boxing a black snake - who was aiming for the pond. Lovely lazy summer evening. Rain!

Monday, July 5, 2010

my fig tree

I counted 13 figs ... this is very exciting, last year there was but one.

Independence Day

I'd love to have a picture, but then everything was moving so quickly and i didn't have a free hand: at 8 PM I found a black snake in the process of swallowing an egg. Impulsively I grabbed him behind his head and he disgorged the egg. I whipped him out of the chicken house, managed to latch the door as he first coiled about my wrist and then my waist! I ran to the house and tediously opened a plastic bag with one hand and pushed writhing snake inside - not easy! I secured the bag and ran to car, drove snake to corner of Piney woods and Big Branch and dumped him out. Could have been a her, but then I couldn't tell. I'm sure he ate eggs the day before. I've had a sense that there has been a visitor in the coop, but had failed to discover the invader.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


i call them fritters, tho it might be a stretch to some; delicious concoction of shredded squash, onion, celery, pepper and in this case beet greens - with dash of green Thai curry and hot pepper flakes and salt - egg and corn meal/flour. squeeze of lime when browned in skillet. um.