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Alice Wachenheim in her Rose Garden. Early 1960s.
Randy, it's very easy to edit photos on computers with current operating systems. I have a laptop with Windows 10. I uploaded the free photo editing program, "Picasa". Photos can be cropped, rotated, contrast changed, color refurbished, lightened, darkened, labeled. I use it a lot.
Here is another garden photo, more or less. It's unlabeled. Im guessing - really guessing - this is my great grandmother in her garden with squashes or pumpkins, probably around 1900 to 1910. The Kodak Brownie camera was introduced in 1900, which is how snapshots were done then.
Yes, Daniel, interesting photo and info. I would have no idea how to refurbish and insert an image into this site.
I have doubts about "gardening being in the DNA", but won't argue.
Loam, it looks like you did a good job of refurbishing that picture.
1964 was a good year; it was the year my twins were born. They turned 54 this year. I'm too young to have children that age.
Alice had a splendid rose garden, and she obviously took very good care of them.
Oh! Yes! Gardening is in the DNA!.
So gardening is in your DNA?
Forgot, that photo was taken about 1964. She died while I was in grade school.
I've returned to the dusty, musty boxes and albums that were left to me in my parents' estates, and left to them by their parents and my grandparents' sisters. Gardening has always been part of the lives of my family. Here is my grandfather's sister, Alice, who started hybrid tea roses by sticking flowers from bouquets into the ground, and covering with a jar to prevent dehydration. Her tea roses were important and meaningful to her, and she was proud of them. It's a faded Kodachrome. I used the free photo editing program, Picasa, to sharpen the contrast and refurbish the color.
Randy, I take kind of the same attitude - I'd rather be doing something like cracking walnuts, or digging, or something else methodical, but useful, that a lot of other things. I call it puttering meditation.
Toast on a heater! That's interesting. I think my grandmother made it in a skillet on the top of the woodstove.
Joan I will have to remember about roasting the walnuts. If I can, I will try to remember to pick more up. As it is, they lay on the roadside and make a mess, waiting for someone to pcollect them. I used to know of a walnut tree in a nearby park, but last year it did not have any. Maybe the pollinating tree was cut down. Or that walnut tree might have been cut down.
We need more nut trees planted around as shade trees, and more people interested - and with the time and interest - to pick up the nuts. Permaculture, frugality, carrying on a tradition, knowing where things come from other than factory farms and factories.
The trouble with driving over walnuts to crush them is they stain the driveway. I just sun dry them for the hulls to flake off. I use a concrete slab--waist high--in my basement to hammer them open. It's tedious, but what else do I have to do in the long winter months? Oh yes, I freeze them.
Love the fall colors of persimmon trees, Daniel. So pretty. Our leaves haven't "turned" yet, which is much later than usual for some reason. And we've had several frosts/freezes.
That's interesting about your ggkids remembering the roasted nuts. The thing I remember most about my grandmother's, is the toast she made on an old heater.
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