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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Travel Trinkets: It's a SPAM!

Sometimes a travel trinket can be a piece of family history.

Himself's Uncle A worked for Hormel Foods for many years, eventually retiring for the company.

In his job as a meat cutter, he used this mesh glove to protect his hand.

On one of our visits, he and Aunt D took us to the SPAM Museum.  This display showed exactly what his section dressed like.  Here he is showing us how the glove would be used.

The mesh is very tightly woven, yet it is amazingly flexible... and heavy!

When we returned from the museum visit, Uncle A gave Himself this glove that he had used.

An heirloom.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Bonsai - A Tree You Can Hold

In 2009 I started doing bonsai as a member of the Nashville Bonsai Society.  I really enjoyed it and was starting to get a nice collection of trees...until my watering system malfunctioned while I was on summer vacation.  I lost every one of my trees.

I was so upset I lost the heart to keep at it.  After several years away from it, I've decided it was time to rejoin the group.

Wonderfully I got back to the group just as a member hosted an Open House social at his home and bonsai nursery.

Here's some of the bonsai eye candy he has...

Beautiful, yes?

This planting is called "Kusamono" (which means "grass thing").  It's a small planting that you display with your bonsai (they can also be displayed alone).  It's usually something very natural looking.

Our host with one of his stunning trees.

Explaining a starting tree.

We had an enjoyable time visiting with everyone.

Plus we were treated to a delicious lunch.

Thanks for the great day J!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Persia's Sssssssurprise

Himself came home the other day with a little visitor.

A young grey rat snake.

Little fellow was so nervous he was all tied up in knots!

Reminds me of Kah from "The Jungle Book" but not so big.  That's a kitchen skewer he's hanging on to.


Then of course we had to show him to Persia!

"WHAT is that??"

"It's moving!"

"I've got to get a closer look at this..."

They soon were bored with each other and Himself took Little Kah back to the woods.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Invitation

A conversation Himself struck up with a stranger at the Amish plant auction, led to a delightful afternoon.  Somehow their conversation turned to raspberries and L asked if we'd like to have some heirloom raspberries.  Free.

Well YES!

A few days later we drove out to their lovely farm.  After digging the raspberry starts, L and her husband R asked if we'd like to see the old grist mill on the property.

Well YES!

L drove us down to an old bridge.

A really cool rusty old bridge.

A cool old bridge that looked out at the grist mill and dam.

A cool old bridge held up for many years on limestone pillars.

It was a lovely place for a chat or a picnic.

Then we headed back up to their home to meet their pets.

A sweet faced old boy.

And his 'Betty Davis eyes' sister.

This darling girl is 16 years old.

And her horse.  She had his mother and raised him from a baby.

There was a cute Shetland too.  You could tell she works with them a lot as he wasn't snotty like most Shetlands.

Why are pony noses so cute?

Her gardens were beautiful.

Too soon a storm kicked up and we had to leave.

The raspberries?

Here's the little shoots...

...and the long more mature canes - which already have berries on them.

Since I wasn't planning on planting raspberries this year, they will stay potted up until this fall  when I will have a nice fenced in bed made for them.