March 17, 2013

June 28, 2009 Garden bounty continues

Filed under: General — sharon @ 2:48 pm

OK, now it’s sunny, in the eighties, and we’re beginning to wish for the cool rainy weather again. Well, not really. We’re done with our summer show, which was rather unpleasant in the heat and humidity, but we survived, sold some stuff and bought more, including feedsacks and chenille spreads that I can show you later.

One of the worst things about doing the show is being too tired to cook when we come home at the end of the day; we always dig easy-to-heat-up meals out of the freezer for those four days. This time we had chili two different nights, and pizza the other two. So tonight we need a real meal again. I went into the field and pulled these this morning.
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Two different kinds of beets, the standard dark red, and golden ones, red only on the outside. The great thing about beets is that they serve as two different vegetable courses, the boiled or roasted roots and the greens, sauteed or in a salad. I don’t know which we’ll make tonight, but we’re having flounder. Haven’t decided on potatoes or rice, but the potatoes are ready to dig also.

The super sweet corn is just around the corner. The stalks aren’t particularly tall, but they’re well tasseled and the ears are filling out. I can almost taste the corn already. We are so blessed with the bounty that comes from our little field.

March 15, 2013

June 26, 2009 Feedsack Friday – Roses in Blue

Filed under: ◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦rickrack.com,◦Vintage — sharon @ 5:12 pm

The last two Fridays we’ve done roses, so why should we stop now. But this week its a color not found in nature – blue. Thanks to the imagination of fabric designers, while there are perhaps not as many as with red and pink, there are still plenty of feedsacks with blue roses as the primary flower.

You’ve seen the first few in pink and/or red variations:
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No doubt many of the rest depict in blue roses seen on sacks in other colors as well. Here are some of my favorite backgrounds:

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And lots more blue roses:
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June 23, 2009 2+ Sunny Days!

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Food,◦Gardens — sharon @ 3:55 pm

Maybe my complaining had some effect, though I doubt it. But the ever evolving seasons have finally brought a change in our weather, and I’ve been able to spend more time out and around the yard and fields. The white wild strawberries are actually still producing, and now the red raspberries are coming too! And another thing – along our driveway there’s a wild cherry tree.
wild cherry tree
When I was a kid I loved wild cherry Life Savers, but never tasted wild cherry flavor anywhere else. Well, here it is, at its’ source. They’re small but sweet, and just ripening.
wild cherry tree
The wineberries are swelling now, too, and won’t be far behind. But while I was out along the driveway, I snapped these pictures of another shrub, the elderberry. It’s currently in flower, if a little past its peak, but it’s blooming heavily this year. If you look closely at the first picture of the cherry tree, you can see it below and to the left 0f the tree in the distance, at the corner of the field – just to the right of the lower part of the drive.
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Close up it’s much more impressive.
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As you head down the drive to the road, and follow the road to the corner, you come to the base of the hill upon which the house stands. It’s a large rock outcropping, which apparently has some special significance, because local colleges’ geology classes stop on annual field trips. The rocks stretch upward from the side of the road by the stream, right into our basement, one side of which has no floor but rather a large mound of rock.

I mention all this because the coming of summer has brought another profusion of bloom: the prickly pear cactus that spill down over the rock to the gravel below.
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prickly pear
prickly pear
prickly pear

On the way back up the drive to the house, I stopped by the field for some fresh-dug red potatoes (and some parsley to prepare them with). Also on tonight’s menu, sauteed beet greens with garlic. The spring rains and now the early summer sun have brought us a true wealth of beauty and sustenance, with an anticipation of much more to come. But now it’s time to get down to work, getting ready for our summer show at Kutztown this weekend.

June 20, 2009 More gloomy days

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Food,◦Gardens — sharon @ 3:54 pm

If you follow any other blogs from this area of the country (eastern Pennsylvania), you probably already know that we’ve been having a rainy June. Our local airport this month has recorded 13 days with measurable precipitation, 7 without. What’s more, today is the sixth or seventh day this month with a rainfall greater than a half inch. We’ve more than doubled the average rainfall for June so far, and we’re 1 1/2 degrees cooler than average overall this month.
Remembering how distressing it’s been in past years as drought conditions made gardening difficult, I’m reluctant to wish away the rain, but a little moderation would be nice. So far, at least, not much has rotted away, and most things are growing like crazy, thanks to all the rain and the occasional sunny afternoon. One thing that the rain has made easier was something I did this afternoon, between downpours. I went to the garden and pulled carrots for dinner.
carrots
In the somewhat rocky and clayey soil, it can become necessary to actually go dig the carrots with a trowel (especially those twisty ones), but not when the ground is so saturated. Today they came out easily, with just a firm, steady pull on the tops. We have two different varieties, one orange and one white – we argue over which is sweeter.

Next week is our summer extravaganza antique show; hopefully better weather for that. And we need some tomato weather soon!

June 19, 2009 Feedsack Friday – Pink Roses

Filed under: ◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦rickrack.com,◦Vintage — sharon @ 3:36 pm

 

First Prize For years, a certain pink rose in my garden, “First Prize”, had been my favorite among all roses. This is the rose I’ve used in all my eBay listings for years, and featured on the tablecloth below when I submitted what turned out to be the winning entry in the September 2003 contest of the Vintage Tablecloth Lovers’ Club. One of our friends from the club, Holly, has a blog, The Pink Rose Cottage, that we link to here.
prize winner
While last week we featured red roses on Feedsack Friday, this week we’re featuring the even more popular pink rose. Though pink roses may be more popular today than back in the days of feedsacks, thanks to shabby decorating trends, there were still plenty of them in the 1940’s and 50’s. They come in all sizes and in any number of arrangements, on various colored backgrounds. Large:
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And small:
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And all sizes in between:
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As you can tell, we could go on and on with pink roses, but we’ll have to limit ourselves. But there isn’t one of these sacks that isn’t pretty, so we just had to show a few more: (more…)

June 12, 2009 Feedsack Friday – Red Roses

Filed under: ◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦rickrack.com,◦Vintage — sharon @ 3:32 pm

Roses are blooming now in our garden, and gardens all over. And as popular as they are, roses are the flower that’s most commonly seen on feedsacks. For some reason, I can’t get a good picture of red roses from my garden, but there are plenty of red roses on feedsacks that I can show instead.
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Though they’re often combined with other flowers, we’re featuring here only sacks whose primary focus is the red rose, large or small, full blown or bud.
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As they’re depicted on feedsacks, some are redder than others, some tending toward pink, though we’ll save primarily pink ones for another week. And as with other flowers, some are realistic, some more stylized.
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As you can see there’s no shortage of variety of background or pattern to accompany roses.
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We’ve shown pretty many sacks for this theme this Friday, but there are many more. In fact, I think this may be just the tip of the roseberg….
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June 6, 2009 Today in the garden

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Family,◦Food,◦Gardens — sharon @ 2:32 pm

Today we spent the morning selling at our local antique market, so didn’t have a whole lot of time to spend gardening, but this afternoon did manage to put in a few basil plants among our tomatoes. After that, I went to the field to see what I’d find for dinner. It had been rainy all this week until today, so I hadn’t been looking, and was amazed how much everything had grown.

We had stopped on the way home and bought a fresh tuna steak, so tonight’s menu is blackened tuna served on a bed of steamed rice over arugula. with creole mustard on the side – we picked two different kinds of arugula in the garden, but I think we’ll use the wild variety with this dinner because the flavor’s a little stronger and nuttier. The regular is on the left with the lobed leaves, the wild on the right is more deeply notched and jagged.
arugula

We’ll also have asparagus on the side – can’t get enough and there are only a couple of weeks left in the season. But while I was getting the asparagus, I got more as well. See, there’s rain predicted for most of next week as well, so I figured I might as well be prepared. Here’s some of today’s harvest:
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And I’m not sure about what we’ll have for dessert, but it’ll include this patriotic assortment:
strawberries

OK, it’s only patriotic because of the blue plate, but I like how the red and the white strawberries look together on the cobalt blue. Now, will it be vanilla ice cream, or New York style cheesecake?

June 5, 2009 Feedsack Friday – Fan Club

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 2:29 pm
Filed under: Vintage, Fabrics, Feedsack Friday — Bill @ 12:53 pm

We all know there are plenty of feedsack fans out there. For this week’s post, we have our own feedsack fans:
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Seems that there are a lot fewer fans on feedsacks than there are feedsack fans, just these three colorways that we’ve seen.

June 1, 2009 Peony time

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Family,◦Gardens,◦Vintage — sharon @ 2:26 pm

Memorial day, first of June, or whatever milestone you use to mark it, this is the time of year that the peonies bloom. There are long rows of peonies along our driveway, and for the two ot three days from the time that they open until it rains and they’re beaten to the ground, they’re delightful. So today, before the showers and thunderstorms that are in the forecast for tonight and the next three days, was the time to pick some to enjoy indoors. The smell is luscious.

peonies

One thing that I never realized until maybe 10 or 12 years ago, was that there are particular vases for peonies. The two shown above, Japanese, show peonies on them along with exotic birds. These belonged to my parents, though I can’t say I remember them from my childhood. I do remember my Dad’s gardens, though, and the peonies that grew at the end of the yard, so perhaps these vases were actually used for peonies years ago. Since the vases became mine, they have yet to pass a springtime without their proper contents.

peonies

I found another peony vase among our things, too, not sure where this one came from, except that it’s marked Germany. So while the two that match find their usual place on the mantel, the odd one out will be upstairs, further spreading the scent and color of spring.

May 29, 2009 Feedsack Friday – Strawberry Festival

Early this year we concentrated on cherry patterned feedsacks; it seems there are more cherries than any other single fruit in feedsack fabric designs. And while there are many designs that feature a variety of different fruit, perhaps the next most popular to the cherry are the apple and then the strawberry. It’s not yet apple season, but the strawberries in the garden are ripening now!

While we found cherries in a wide variety of colors, the vast majority of strawberries on sacks are red, a few yellow. Here’s a pair of realistically depicted ones that are larger than life size:
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These three border print feedsacks feature red and yellow strawberries also; I believe there are other variations of this pattern as well:
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These sacks feature just berries, no leaves, blossoms or other designs:
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Strawberries in red and blue:
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Strawberries in stripes:
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And strawberries in circles:
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One color we didn’t see was white strawberries; but we have white wild strawberries in the garden. And if you don’t look at them, they taste as red as any other.