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Friday
Sep042009

Farmer's Market

I love going to the Farmer's Market.  I try to go at least once a week, sometimes twice a week.  I even go to Farmer's Markets when I am on vacation.   Charlottesville, Virginia happens to have a really nice market on Saturdays.  I was just there a couple of weeks ago and it was really hard to restrain myself.  Their tomatoes looked fabulous. 

We are lucky here because the Trenton Farmer's Market is open year round.  There aren't many vegetables in the winter, but there are other tasties to be had.  There are also at least three other seasonal markets that I know about.  This is a sampling of what I got on Friday. 

 

This time of year is very difficult for me.  There are soooo many good things and only so much I can possibly eat.  I will have to eat the corn first, because it is best when it's fresh.   The cantaloupe smells so good,  I know it is ripe.  Okra is one of David's favorites, and so are the lima beans boiled with a little bacon.  The tomatoes will make a lovely salad, just chop and drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with chopped basil, salt, and pepper.  Should I chop the cucumbers and mix with garlic and yogurt, or just eat them peeled and sliced?  Or I could slice them with an onion and soak them in vinegar and water for a quick pickle.  And look at those Hungarian Peppers.  Not only are they the cutest things around, they are so good stuffed with Italian Sausage.  Peaches sliced and soaked in white wine make a very tasty dessert.  I also have my standard selection of cheeses for lunches.

Do you think I got enough for the week?  I didn't get any green beans, eggplant, raspberries, blackberries, slicing tomatoes, potatoes, squash, or watermelon.  It's ok.  If I run out of food, I know where there's a Farmer's Market on Saturday, one on Sunday,  and one on Thursday, and Trenton is open most of the week.

 

 

Tuesday
Aug112009

Needles

As most of you know, I like needlework.  The more needles, the better.  I have quilting needles, applique needles, regular sewing needles, beading needles, long needles, short needles, tapestry needles, silk ribbon needles, sturdy needles, knitting needles of various sizes, embroidery needles, and needles for the sewing machine.  Do crochet hooks count as needles?  Truly, I do use all these different needles.  Mostly for quilt related things, except the knitting needles.  They are generally useful only for knitting related things.    Sometimes I do hem a pair of pants or sew on a button, but quilting is what I like best.

So, what am I using those needles for today?  More than I really care to think about sometimes.  I have lots of projects started and even more in my head.  I'll just mention my most current projects today.  Two of them are secret at this point.  I can tell you one is a quilt and one is knitting.   I'll show them to you when they aren't secrets anymore. 

The thing I can show you is the Saturday Sampler from Pennington Quilt Works.  Each month, I get a block kit and put it together.  If I get it done before the next kit is handed out, I get the kit for free.  If it's not done, then I have to pay $5.00.  When the program is done, there will be 12 blocks to make a quilt.  The best part is that if I stay current, the quilt top will only cost me the $10.00 I had to pay for the first kit.  So far, so good.  Except, I want to do the additional blocks that are available.   

I am making the Christmas Quilt and this is the first block.  It is called Pink Magnolia.

 

(Please remember that I quilt a lot better than I edit and crop pictures)

This is the second block.  It's not my favorite, but it is done.  This one is the Ribbon Bow.

 

 

This is the third block.  It is one of my all time favorites--Bear's Paw.

 

I have a lot more projects in progress, but I think this is enough for now.  I might need something to write about later and then, where would I be.

 

Saturday
Aug082009

Royal Mile

After we visited Edinburgh Castle, we took a short walk down the Royal Mile.  We probably walked a "Royal 1/4 Mile"  The Royal Mile was the street from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House.  We made it to Parliment Square, St. Giles Church and Deacon Brodie's Pub. 

Who, you might ask, is Deacon Brodie.  He was a fine upstanding cabinet maker and locksmith by day, a member of the burgh council, and a deacon of the Wrights and Masons Guild.   At night, however, he had two mistresses, five children and a gambling habit.  He used his daytime skills as a locksmith to break into houses to support his nighttime activities.  He was caught and hanged and inspired the story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


We were able to go inside Parliment Hall.  The Scottish justice system is a bit different than ours.  Advocates represent clients and the state instead of attorneys.  We got to see several Advocates, complete with wigs, collars, and robes. Women also wear the wigs, which looked a little odd.  Recently, there was a vote to see if court dress should be changed and they opted for keeping the traditional dress code.  Opposing advocates pace the length of Parliment Hall to discuss their cases.  We actually saw two advocates and a third man in the middle striding up and down the hall deep in discussion.

St. Giles Church was the next stop.  It dates back to about 1130 and King David I.  As you can imagine, its been through many changes.  The Reformation was started by a sermon preached by John Knox in this church.  The stained glass in the church was beautiful.  In 1911, a chapel was added for the The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.  These are 16 Scottish Knights personally appointed by The Crown.  Each Knight has a beautifully carved stall and it is decorated with his Coat of Arms and the Coats of Arms from previous Knights.   The stall for The Crown was a little bigger and a little more ornate that the stalls for the Kinghts.  In 1992, a massive organ with 4,000 pipes was donated to the church.

It was time to get out of town before the traffic got bad and we had a ways to go to get to Pitlochery again for the night.   We had dinner at a pub near our Bed and Breakfast.  David, Mike, and Margie all tried the haggis.  I couldn't or wouldn't depending on your point of view, but I did manage to get down the strawberries and ice cream for dessert.    

Tuesday
Aug042009

Edinburgh Castle

Our second day in Scotland was spent in Edinburgh.   The first order of business was to pick up Mike and Margie from the airport.  Fortunately, they arrived on schedule. 

Once that was accomplished, it was off to the castle.  This was a fortress castle, not like the other castles we saw.  There were big gates, high walls, and narrow passages.  I had the feeling that if I wasn't welcome, it wouldn't be easy to get in. 

We saw the cannon Mons Meg which was a gift to King James II in 1457.  The cannon balls weighed 400 pounds each and it could only be fired 8 times per day because of the heat generated by firing.  It is a really big cannon.

 

The castle was built around 1130 by King David I and includes St. Margaret's Chapel, which is still standing.  The St. Margaret's Chapel Guild (all members are named Margaret) has been keeping fresh flowers in the chapel since 1942.  It was kind of cool to think of a guild where everyone was named Margaret.

 

 

Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to  King James VI in the residential quarters of the castle.   As castles go, this was not a very comfortable castle.  But, it was a safe castle.  The rooms seemed pretty big to me, but I supposed it was quite cold and dreary without electric lights and gas heat.  The fireplaces were quite massive.

The Stone of Destiny is now kept in the castle.  This stone , originally located in Scone, has been used in the coronations of kings since 1057.  King Edward took it to England 1296 and they kept it and have been using it ever since.  It was returned to Scotland in 1996 with the agreement that England will be able to use it in all future coronations.  The Royal Sceptre, Crown, and Sword of Scotland are also kept in the castle.  The Sceptre was given to James IV in 1494. 

As with most castles, this one has dungeons.  They were creepy and dark, and probably smelled a lot.  The interesting thing about this dungeon was that prisoners captured during the American War for Independence were brought here.  I never really thought about what happened to the American prisoners, but I guess the British had to do something with them. 

Tuesday
Jul282009

I Did It

I had to, I couldn't help myself.  I wasn't sleeping well.  I have 40 more pounds of blueberries.  Here they are, waiting to be washed, dried, and frozen.  

 

In case you are wondering just what I put in my breakfast smoothie that causes me to need so many berries, here is what I do:

In a blender add

1 banana, peeled

1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

1 bubble of Pom  pomegranate juice  (about 8 ounces, I think)

some orange juice  (I know that's a little vague, probably somewhere in the 8 ounce range)

ice cubes

Put the lid on the blender and blend until smooth.  If you want it thicker, add more ice, thinner, add more orange juice.  Don't like blueberries, use raspberries or mango or whatever you like.    I also add about 1/8 teaspoons of spirulina powder, but only with the blueberries.  It is quite green and doesn't look so appetizing mixed with the mango.  This makes 2 smoothies.  Unless I am sharing with someone, I drink one and freeze one.  I take it out of the freezer as soon as I get up and by the time I'm ready for breakfast, it has thawed out enough to eat.  Happy Blending!!!