Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fall Notes

I was at the orchard to get some apples.  A woman there explained why the honey crisp apples are so expensive.  Honey crisp have a very high water content and they grow quite large.  Therefore, they are very heavy and the tree branches are likely to break under the weight of too many apples.  The growers have to go out and hand pick to thin out the crop throughout the growing season.  It is a more labor intensive apple to grow.

The Columbus Day weekend is prime time for the leaf peeping tourists in Vermont.  Fortunately, I can just look out my kitchen window and see the color.  I think they are a bit muted this year compared to some years though.

We went to see Kim Russo in Hartford this past weekend.  It was pretty amazing.  No Spirit stepped up to give us messages, but the people who did obviously needed to hear what they were told.  And what better way to complete the experience than by taking a walk through the Cedar Hill Cemetery:



Mike's parents are buried here.  So is Katherine Hepburn.  And other notables are listed on the link above.

I am on day three of the preparation phase of the cleanse.  It is going well and already the stress related pimples have gone and my skin is clear again.  The real cleansing diet starts on Friday.  That is when I get to eat mung bean dahl and basmati rice three times a day for a week.  I am really hoping for that mental clarity!

Speaking of the cleanse--I went to pick some fresh parsley for my green soup.  I had an absolutely beautiful parsley plant, but this is what I found yesterday:
The plant was wilted.  Now, we have had a couple of mild frosts but everything else was still thriving, and parsley is usually the most hearty, not the least.  I noticed that the plant was broken off at the roots.  The soil had been flung out of the cement block.  I poked at the dirt and a vole popped out and scurried away. Grrr...darn critters!
Google image
(mine did not stop to have its picture snapped)

14 comments:

  1. So glad you are having good luck with your cleanse. Love it when people take control of their health.
    I am SO sorry about your voles. I am plagued with them and their cuteness does not compensate for the destruction they cause. If you find a way to get rid of them, let me know.

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    1. Ha! They are getting rid of me actually.

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  2. I am glad your new diet cleared up your skin. More power to you.

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  3. I did not know that about Honey Crisp apples, just knew they were very pricey.
    I had to look up Kim Russo. I medium, huh. OK?
    And why are you doing this "cleanse"?

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  4. Time to get out the caster oil and mix with a sprayer on the hose. That is the only thing I have found that drives my voles and moles away.

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    1. I thought at first you were giving advice about my cleanse.

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    2. That is what I thought too. LOL!!

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  5. We have gophers! They are much larger and really nasty! But I think they have finally moved across the street. They just put in a new lawn last year and the gophers seem to be enjoying it!

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    1. We seem to trade the critters back and forth with neighbors too.

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  6. You need my dog Slim. She chases moles into their holes so deep that sometime all I can see is her tale.

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    1. Maybe I can rent her? Actually, since I am moving, I will let the new owners deal with those pesky critters!

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  7. Good luck with the cleanse -- I'm not brave enough to try it! The fall photos are beautiful.

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  8. What beautiful fall colors! We only have a couple of varieties of trees in Southern CA that change colors, because of our temperatures, all the rest never drop their leaves, so they are green all year long. Trade off, I guess. :)

    when I gave up wheat products, I got such mental clarity; they call it getting rid of 'brain fog' which I didn't even realize I had until it was GONE. Good luck!

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  9. I learned some interesting facts about my favorite apple, the Honeycrisp. I love when they come into season. We have voles and some winters they really do damage to my gardens. I see their handiwork when the snow melts in the spring. I know you're having fabulous fall colors now - enjoy!

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