Monday, June 4, 2012
A SUMMER MEDLEY
In the summer, I often reflect on quotes from Ray Bradbury’s book, “Dandelion Wine.” Bradbury writes, “Medicines of another time, the balm of sun and idle afternoons, the faintly heard sounds of ice wagons passing on brick avenues, the rush of silver skyrockets, all these in a glass.” It seems like a timeless quote to me because it echoes my past and yet places me squarely in the present summertime. In this post, I will attempt to have you enter my world this summer at Woodloft.
I love when my plants get to the stage where they drape over the top of my Goddess planters and in some cases, they even begin to become integrated and look as though plant and planter are one.
Hidden Goddess Planter
Earth Mother Goddess Fountain
Goddess with Baby's Breath
My garden is doing great so far. Last year, the deer feasted on most of my vegetables and they seemed to especially like my impatiens.
Hydrageos and Petunias
Tomato and Bean Garden
The market has been hopping the last few weeks with one celebration after the other. We had a Chili cookoff, Strawberry festival, Local Colors festival, a dog festival, Festival in the Park Craft show, and last weekend was the Sidewalk Art Show.
Side-View of Booth at Farmer's Market Saturday
Picture of "yours truly" taken on the market by soap girl Rebecca
My Friend, Trish, Sitting on Back of B-dazzle With Her Flowered Dress
Rudy Saunders Drummed at the Park adjacent to the Market
Tim Belcher and Helper
Jerry and Brian-Who Call Themselves "Two Bitter Old Potters"
Chris and Friend Cook Up A Storm at 'Thelma's Chicken and Waffles' Restaurant
Pauline's Enticing Little Boutique on the Market
Since I acquired my Kindle, I read more books in a week than I used to in months. The reason: I am able to enlarge the font and have no need for reader glasses. Of the many I have read recently, one that I’d like to recommend for summer reading is 'The book of Lost Fragrances,'by M.J.Rose. I like it when authors names suit their titles~LOL. The book is very thought provoking and I’ve even started a new art series after reading it.’ Maybe you can guess what it is I’ll be creating.
Speaking of creating, I’m busy with my ‘face’ soaps for the market. They are major good sellers for me and I’m having a hard time keeping up with the demand!
My Face Soaps in Lavender and Rose Geranium
Even though it is not the season for eggplants, I have been craving them. Obsession is my name when it comes to finding the best recipe possible for any given dish. The last few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with recipes for Eggplant Parmagiana. Coming from an ethnic background, I have always made my parmagiana from traditional methods of salting, draining and dipping the eggplant before frying and baking. Recently, I attended one of our “Little Supper Club” gatherings and was delighted with Christine’s pasta eggplant. In her recipe, spaghetti was actually added as an ingredient and it was very tasty. I decided that there must be many other recipes out there so I searched the web and experimented with several. Finally, I came up with the one that rivals my recipe and is much simpler and better for you. I’ll be posting the recipe soon.
Christine's Eggplant Parmagiana
I vow to try to slow down this summer and enjoy all the beauty that surrounds me. Hope everyone else gets a chance to slow down as well.