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~~~Like a hell-broth boil and bubble~~~

Macbeth Act 4, Scene 1

Not altogether weird, but definitely sisters, Hedydd and Panthy got up to a bit of brewing in kitchen, preparing for the possibility of a sniffle this rainy summer. A fire-cider is not too different than the old family cure-all, hot lemonade – a great deal more chopping and many more ingredients, however. The kitchen smelled as aromatically, even if a bit heavy on the garlic…and really, is that a bad thing?

Fire 7

The rosemary fresh from the garden was fragrant, but the jalapeños made even painted eyes water, poor Hedydd!

Fire 8

Layers of horseradish, onion, garlic, turmeric, jalapeño and ginger.

Topped with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar, the cider must mature for a month in a cool place. Fingers inadvertently dipped while adjusting layers and sampled afterward found the concoction already bright and tasty.

Fire Cider 6

It’ll cure what ails you, no doubt.

 

The Wiregrass Hitties and Mad for the Farthing Crowd tried this recipe for their first brewing of Fire Cider:

https://www.mommypotamus.com/fire-cider-recipe/

Frank Jackson State Park Collage

A late afternoon ramble along the welcoming shores of Lake Jackson found Hedydd carefully balancing on a boardwalk leading to a small island.  A lovely cool breeze ruffled the water, but it was just enough to cause concern…and Hedydd had not prepared for bathing and certainly not diving.

The water lilies, barely blooming, were host to frogs and dragonflies who chirped and hummed as the afternoon waned. Crossing to the island, the company discovered a small wooden sign bearing the words: “‘WARNING’ BEWARE OF ALLIGATORS”. Hedydd is well-aware the shady island was the perfect spot for snakes but wondered why the warning had not been posted on the other side of the boardwalk.

http://www.alapark.com/frank-jackson-state-park

Hitty Dixee brought home delicious fresh bounty from Aunt Katie’s Community Garden. The visit was spur-of-the-moment, prompted by an interview heard on the local public radio station and another spectacularly beautiful afternoon.

The garden is right in the middle of downtown Dothan, Alabama and serves the folks that live in the neighborhood, as well as the wider community.  There is so much growing in that delightful half-acre! It is hard to take it all in…and Dixee was blessed to take some out! She came home with kale, carrots, beets, herbs and sweet potato slips…plus a heap of knowledge and encouragement imparted by Ms. Belvia Jones: Teacher, Hostess, Gardener and remarkable human being.

Aunt Katie's Bounty

Tiny carrots for Hitty Dixee

 

You really should go, but barring that, to find out more visit:

Aunt Katie’s Community Garden

and

The Dubois Institute For Entrepreneurship, Inc.

 

 

What was meant to be an hour or so of tidying following a rainstorm turned into an afternoon of berry-picking. Hedydd was startled to hear the whoops of glee from the front garden. It was a rare moment of perfect timing and worthy of celebration.  Now, it was not an abundant crop, but the berries were close to ripeness and not yet greedily consumed by the neighborhood birds.

Am I Blue Too Too

Nobody really minds sharing, but it is pleasant, occasionally, to enjoy the literal fruits of one’s labor. Hedydd picked baskets of blueberries and dewberries, even a pineberry or two. There was enough for supper and to spare…and a gracious plenty left for feathered friends.

“…just being here is winning…”

 

Bee 2 copy

Agapanthus as Leaf Coneybear. “Home-schooled from the Basin”.

The days have been busy, but blissfully sunny and cool…practically a miracle in the Wiregrass. The Bean Tipi is coming along nicely. Gardening began in the kitchen on Saturday evening, with the pole beans soaking in warm water.

Bean Bean 2

Come Sunday, Panthy soaked the peat pellets in a pie plate, (Say that three times fast!) before pressing a handy chopstick into service, poking holes so the beans could nestle cozily in a warm dark cocoon.

Poking Holes

Agapanthus isn’t anyone’s fool this April 1rst, but she might be stringing a pair of Old Fools along. Up and out early in the vivid Alabama morning, she convinced the Gardeners of her expertise in the construction of bean towers, or at least her willingness to help.

Panthy and the Tipi 2

Agapanthus balances high on the green bean tipi.

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