Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by Randall Smith on October 22, 2018 at 7:18am

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.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 22, 2018 at 6:29am

Loam, it looks like you did a good job of refurbishing that picture.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2018 at 5:00am

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!.

Comment by Patricia on October 21, 2018 at 10:30pm

So gardening is in your DNA?

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 21, 2018 at 10:22pm

Forgot, that photo was taken about 1964.  She died while I was in grade school.

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 21, 2018 at 10:21pm

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.

Comment by Loam Gnome on October 21, 2018 at 1:15pm

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.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 21, 2018 at 7:47am

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.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 21, 2018 at 6:17am

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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 21, 2018 at 12:54am

After I dig the nuts out of the shells, I roast the meat in a low oven for a half hour or so. When they cool, they are delicious.

Yes, they require a lot of work, and yes, it is easy to buy the husked and shelled nut meats. And yes, raw, unsalted nuts, freshly roasted have a flavor that cannot be matched by commercially roasted and salted nuts. I don't put anything on my nuts, be they peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews, or pistachios. Freshly roasted nuts taste good. 

On the last day we were in my home, doing the last minute clear-out, I asked my great-grandkids what they remember most about the house. One answered, "the roasted nuts!" Others chimed in, agreeing. 


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