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The Household had some visitors this weekend-old friends of the very young sort. One young person (The one who made the beautiful, crimson tissue rose long ago…) brought along some well-loved friends, Hammie (Practically REAL in a Velveteen Rabbit sense!) and Bubbles, two very fine and companionable Hamsters. Being a thoughtful hostess, Taffenous greeted the pair with a delicious Cheesecake-gluten, dairy, egg and, despite appearances, hamster-free, of course!

Hammie and Bubbles

It was wonderful to visit with all her guests, large, small and in-between.

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The brilliant morning brought dozens of fat, buzzy pollinators into the garden.  The locals were not easily taken in by Taffy’s “Bee Bum” Hat, however, and went about their vital task without much comment.

Bee Bum Hat

The “Bee Bum” Hat

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HC SVNT DRACONES

Hittys durst not venture beyond this point…

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SNOW…had been anticipated, longed for, as well. It is a rarity in the Wiregrass and, however lovely, comes with its own issues. It arrived in the early hours of the morning, falling beautifully against the golden lights in cozy homes.

Now, way down here, no one really knows how to negotiate snow and ice properly, neither persons nor plants. As the sun melted thin snow from the patio rooftop, it was a surprise to find icicles forming on the Gardenia, lodged in the shadows below.

Gardenias In Ice 2018

Hitty Agapanthus offers consolation to the shivering Gardenia, hoping for a swift recovery and a vibrant Spring.

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The first frost has come and gone. It’s appearance was welcome and brief, the garden left undamaged. The pace of growth slows and mornings are chilly. Hitty Anne Sabine recorded one of the last blossoms on the Purple Sweet Potatoes. They had bloomed beautifully, albeit elusively, throughout the season, with dark violet throats fading to palest lavender.

Tater Crop 1

The sweet potatoes were an experiment, grown in bags, raised from slips, inspired by the North Country Hittys; encouraged by Miss Belvia at Aunt Katie’s Community Garden and the good folks at the Living Tree.

Tater Crop 2

It is a minimal harvest, but a successful experiment – enough for a jolly supper for the Gardeners, Guests and very small dolls. The potatoes must cure unwashed for a time, but even with the dirt, aren’t they are a lovely color?

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Yorick, between engagements, is always eager to be of assistance, even in the Costume Shop…er, sewing room. Helping hands he cannot provide, but today his discerning eye and impeccable good taste compelled him to give a nod of approval to Agapanthus’s selection of silk flowers for seasonal floral crowns intended for two Little Girls.

Flower Crown

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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/

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