|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