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Posted by dawngriffis on June 10, 2017 at 4:45 PM

It has been 5 months I believe since my last blog, I am very sorry it has taken me so long to write. The reason for it is Mike my husband of nearly 55 years has been seriously ill with heart problems. He suffered many complications before, and after the heart surgery, requiring all my time, and effort to help him through it. Our family and neighbours have come through in aces. It seemed that every time he needed to go to one hospital or another, whether planned or emergent a major storm hit. This past week, after many delays he has started cardiac rehab; it will be 3 times a week and will last 6 or more weeks. Am hoping with this step forward things will return to normal, reason for me to attempt another blog.

Beverley Coleman our prolific poet has been busily writing poems but right now she is vacationing in British Columbia, if I can find some of the ones she has written that will go with pictures I can find I will include them here, they may not be relevant for the month.

Here in Vermont the farm stands are opening and filling up with plants and early veggies. Today at the Crossroads Farm stand in Norwich, which has taken over from the Killdeer’s farm stand; I bought a lovely Boston lettuce, radishes, a bunch of mint, and a rosemary plant to replace the one that died during the winter. I have a lot of mint coming up in the garden but not ready to pick. I needed it for the kitchen, and bathroom to put in water so it would repel the ants, ants hate mint!

After I got home I picked some herbs to dry in my refrigerator. They were lovage, winter savory and tarragon. I dry different ones all summer so I have them for cooking during the winter, but in the summer months I use fresh herbs in my cooking. If you want to know what or how I use the different herbs just email me and I’ll send you the info.

I have managed to take a look at our wild flower area it looks as if there will be lots of flowers for the bees, birds and butterflies again this year, plus ones for great grand daughters to pick. Finally the lupines are blooming this year; it’s the third year since I sowed the seeds. So far they are all a very deep purple. The lilac bushes were a show but short lived thanks to the rain and winds that blew through here at the wrong time.

I heard today that 4 Corners farm will have strawberries by mid June, theirs are the best. Maybe with Mike improving we’ll be able to make the trip up there. It is time to replenish our freezer with strawberries for our winter trifles. Sunrise Farm has increased their sheep flock, so I’m hoping to buy a whole lamb from them to put in our freezer. It’s almost as good as English lamb!! Maybe it’s because it is raised in New England!

Here is one of Beverley Colman's poems

People and friends

As days go by and life goes on

New people we do meet

All different in their own sweet way

And I find this a treat.


You come from different backgrounds

Your memories you share

But one thing that stands out the most

Is that most people care


They care enough to ask the question

Answers come real quick

Your not afraid to share with us

To tell us how you tick.


The genuine they stand out

Will help you everyday

Will meet you for a coffee

Help you through your day.


Speak with you at midnight

If sleep you cannot go

Reassuring you you'll be ok

As if their in the know.


Good people you won't always meet

A pity may I say

But friendships for the making

And these are here to stay.


So each and everyone of you

Grasp friendships while you can

Be nice...be kind..be loving

It makes a better man.....( Woman



 


Banbury Friends Picture by Maureen Tyrrell

This poem is about Britain favourite fast food!

Good old days

by Beverly Coleman

 

Whatever happened to your good old days

When you went to buy a chip

All fried in lard and greasy

And went straight on your hip.


They'd serve it in old newspaper

Watered vinegar and salt

You ate them with your fingers

Those germs ..nobody's fault.


A piece of fish who knew what kind

All battered on the top

A Dandelion and Burdock

Or some other kind of pop.


How things have changed no newspaper

They're now laid in a tray

A wooden fork to eat with

But the smell won't go away.


Remember it....just take a whiff

A smell that's like no other

Saturday nights at the Chippy

With Father and with Mother.

 

 


Fish and Chips in newspaper so you had something to read as you walked around town eating it. Oh! so good with malt vinegars over the fish and chips!!

Kathy Cusicks spring garden in Banbury

Exbury gardens by Anna Massey

Near Iffley Lock by Lin Coulsen

A wall in Aynho by Gill Batten

 Summer soltice at Farmoor by Anthony Morris soon to be again

New Crossroads farm stand sign in Norwich Vermont

This years peppers growing at 4 Corners Farm

This years salad greens at Sunrise Farm 

Frosty's Greenhouse are full for 2017

Part of our wild flower garden showing some of the lupines blooming for the first time

Some more of our wildflowers 

A Blue bird taken by our daughter Jane Glick 

That's it folks hope it publishes 

 

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10 Comments

Reply Susan Jackson
7:50 PM on June 10, 2017 
Very nice, your wildgRden flowers are pretty. Hope your husband improves. How much mint versus water for the ants and yes I would like to know about the herbs. Thanks. Susan
Reply Bonnie B Wright
7:59 PM on June 10, 2017 
Hi, Dawn. Bonnie Struckhoff here. Nice to see your blog and pictures. I have fond memories of being a vendor next to you at market. I learned so much about variety for the garden.
Reply Barbara
8:31 PM on June 10, 2017 
Sorry to hear about Mike's and your troubles. Hope he is now on the road to recovery. Have missed your blogs but this one and the lovely pictures and verses, makes up for the delay.
Reply Dawn Griffis
9:29 PM on June 10, 2017 
Susan just a few stems of mint in water as you do flowers. keep water in so it lives. It will root then you can plant it and pick some more to repeat the process. I have mint like this in the house all year - no ants. As to herb uses email me the ones you are interested in and I'll give you the info as to how I use them. dg21340@comcast.net
Reply Dawn Griffis
9:32 PM on June 10, 2017 
Hi Bonnie, I remember you fondly and all your colorful shorts
Dawn
Reply Dawn Griffis
9:34 PM on June 10, 2017 
Barbara says...
Sorry to hear about Mike's and your troubles. Hope he is now on the road to recovery. Have missed your blogs but this one and the lovely pictures and verses, makes up for the delay.
thank Barbara, it has been a long hard winter for us.
Reply Gene E. Bush
7:10 PM on June 11, 2017 
Ahhhh... fish and chips. Such memories... I remember most the malt vinegar an the aroma. Ate mine in Oxford.
Reply Dawn Griffis
8:34 PM on June 11, 2017 
Susan Jackson says...
Very nice, your wildgRden flowers are pretty. Hope your husband improves. How much mint versus water for the ants and yes I would like to know about the herbs. Thanks. Susan
Susan just a few stems of mint in water as you do flowers. keep water in so it lives. It will root then you can plant it and pick some more to repeat the process. I have mint like this in the house all year - no ants. As to herb uses email me the ones you are interested in and I'll give you the info as to how I use them. dg21340@comcast.net
Reply Dawn Griffis
8:36 PM on June 11, 2017 
Hi Bonnie, I remember you fondly and all your colorful shorts
Dawn
Reply Dawn Griffis
8:43 PM on June 11, 2017 
Gene E. Bush says...
Ahhhh... fish and chips. Such memories... I remember most the malt vinegar an the aroma. Ate mine in Oxford.
They tasted so good and to walk around town while eating them and looking in shop windows all part of it.. I know how to cook the fish like this and have malt vinegar but no town to walk around!