How to sprout butternut squash seeds unintentionally

September 16th, 2010 Comments 1

I discovered this quite by accident.  First get your squash, then cut off the top in exactly the right place so that the very tip of the cavernous hole inside the squash is cut through – leaving a tiny hole in the middle of your cut surface.  This is the bit I did quite by accident.  Then eat this lovely top bit.  Butternut squash, lemon and ginger soup is particularly recommended.

Leave the rest of the squash to flounder unnoticed in the fridge for, oh, at least a week, maybe two, depending on how hungry you are.

Then every time you open the fridge door, just enough light will get through the tiny hole to wake the seeds up, and they will find themselves in the comfort and luxury of the belly of their mama squash, and begin to grow.

If you have left it long enough, be prepared for an alien surprise when you next cut open the squash to make your soup…

sprouted butternut squash seeds inside squash 1

These ones were so happy here they made long lustrous roots and big leaves.

sprouted butternut squash seeds inside squash 2

sprouted butternut squash seeds inside squash 3

So there you have it!

… a meeting with the Elf King!

September 15th, 2010 Comments 0

elf santa

On his day off…

More Lovely Spring

September 14th, 2010 Comments 0

spring green trees

Here be hobbits, if you wait long enough…

hobbit river

Idyllic, but, in fact, real:

light through leaves

just checking back on the hobbit:

river hobbit

soon-to-be apples

 apple blossom

and a meeting with the Elf King! to be continued…

Why I am never mowing my lawn when I have one

September 13th, 2010 Comments 0

All the lawn flowers!  This lawn was getting mown, so I quickly plucked all the friends waving around.  Ah well, I can dream of my garden, until then, I’ll enjoy other peoples’.

Forget-me-nots, a microcosm of childhood,

lawn bouquet forget me nots

lawn bouquet mid

a royal weed,

lawn bouquet dandylion

medicine and heart-ache,

lawn bouquet violets

lawn bouquet violets hiding

something spiky, (I’m sure all good florists add something spiky),

lawn bouquet grasses

a blue tangle cloud,

lawn bouquet forget me nots 2

lawn bouquet

yes please, and thank you.

Cherry tree sunset

September 12th, 2010 Comments 0

The colours of your heart – in one direction, golden peach, blue and lilac, in another pink and spring green,

cherry tree sunsetcherry tree pom poms

cherry tree sunset clouds cherry blossom carpet cherry tree cunset clouds 2 cherry tree fluff   cherry tree sunset big cloud

in an ordinary town, on an ordinary day.

An evening on the moor

September 11th, 2010 Comments 0

I can’t describe how beautiful the moor was when I went for this walk.  It was nearly unseeable it was so dark.  It was that glowing dusk time when there is so much magic you want to run and leap around and never go to bed.  evening on the moor buttercups

evening on the moor dandylions

evening on the moor walking 

evening on the moor bluebells

evening on the moor buttercups close

evening on the moor more buttercups

Fireflies in the grass, dance to send us to sleep, hold the moment an extra while and smile inside.

Spinning blossom tree

September 10th, 2010 Comments 0

I had an enormous urge to be with the blossom this Spring (I am still back in time in Spring on this blog at the moment).  I felt like I needed to soak up the feelings, and colours of the blossom.  Happily I found as many trees as I could.

This one was spinning,

 blossom tree spinning blossom 2 me

Yes the Frida Kahlo look happened by magic in this photo.  What could be more wonderful than a carpet of warm pink snow?


September 10th, 2010 Comments 0

This is a video by my very own little brother, and I am more than a bit proud to show this fantastic work of art here.  Also although I know very little about skating, Steve King is doing some amazing flying and flipping.  Like wings for feet.

Also, the music is great.  Beam!

On the way to work today…

September 9th, 2010 Comments 0

…I met a horse


of course.

First Class

September 7th, 2010 Comments 0

I got upgraded to first class!

first class companion

Here is the first class view,

first class view

and the first class emptiness.

first class emptiness

And the first class me – just to prove I was there.

first class and me

From here on in, I do declare, that bragging shall be a sanctioned and encouraged activity.  Brag brag brag.

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