Tuesday, July 6, 2021

How we spent the 4th

 It was a nice long weekend here. We got some work done in the yard and garden, spent extra time with Marco on the porch, took George for nice walks around the neighborhood, and grilled out on Sunday. Later that night lots of our neighbors blew up fireworks, and for the first time it made George nervous. We stayed inside with him, watching tv with the volume up a bit. Downton Abbey has come to Netflix so we've been watching a few episodes every night recently.


Our 4th of July feast from the grill. Hotdogs, sausages, sweet corn (grilled in the husk), tomatoes and cucumbers from my garden, and potatoes grilled with rosemary, parsley, sea salt, and olive oil. Obviously this was enough food for two or three meals!



The ornamental pomegranate is blooming. Isn't that a lovely shade of orange? The miniature roses are finishing up a second flush of blooms, too.


We've finally harvested a couple of German Queen tomatoes.  They're meaty with a full tomato flavor and very few seeds. Definitely a variety to consider again for next year!


The Mr. Stripey tomatoes are starting to ripen. We haven't tasted this one, yet. It won't be long.


And before this month is out, we'll be eating our own cantaloupes. I'm ridiculously excited about it!
 



I hope you've all had a good weekend, too!

52 comments:

  1. Mmmmm, I'll have that blackened hot dog at the front! I love char! To hell with carcinogens, I say.

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    1. I love the blackened ones, too! I know they're not good for me (carcinogens, as you say) but man are they tasty!

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    1. Thank you Pat! I wish I could magically send you a plate of it all to have for your tea! :)

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  3. Never heard of German Queen. Hmmmm... They look quite worth growing. Those roses are lovely.
    We had hotdogs on the 4th too. We almost never have them but what the hell? They were delicious!

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    1. The flavor isn't as fruity and luscious as a Brandywine, but it's a decently flavored tomato all the same. And the plant is huge and vigorous and producing lots of thick, heavy, pink tomatoes with very few seeds. It might be a good one for canning.

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  4. Yup! That German Queen certainly does look like our mutual German friend, Meike. All it needs is eyes, a mouth and a nose. Very useful things.

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    1. Add specs to it and a wisp of white-blonde-grey hair, and you have the spitting image of me!

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    2. I wondered what you would say about it, Neil! Haha! I wish I could send you and Meike both a GQ tomato to try, they really are very good.

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  5. Oh my God, that tomato is amazing, mine are teeny weeny. The food looks simply terrific.

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    1. Your tomatoes will be coming along! You have to start much later than us folks in zone 8. I feel sure you'll be making our mouths water with your own tomato pictures soon enough.

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    1. It really is! I've been so pleased with how well everything has grown. We seem to have pretty good soil, with lots of earthworms to enrich it and moles to keep everything tilled. That's a lucky break!

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  7. I'm so jealous of your garden! Good eats!

    And that Feast for the Fourth is making me really hungry about now!!!

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    1. The garden is wonderful, but it's been a fair amount of work. Still, working outside in the fresh air has its own benefits, too. Thanks Bob!

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  8. What a lovely feast! I love, love, love Downton Abbey. The Man Who Sometimes Shares My Bed and I watched it together when it was on PBS and he loved it, too. The 4th was hard on Franklin and Penelope.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hi Janie! I think Gregg likes DA more than he'll admit. Haha. :)

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  9. Your garden is producing all sorts of wonderful things! Enjoy! -Jenn

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  10. WOW!!!! You garden is blowing up and looks lovely...as does the 4th grilling menu!!! Everything looks tasty.

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    1. It was a super tasty meal! Nothing like fresh summer vegetables, and anything cooked on a grill tastes better somehow!

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  11. Your garden looks delicious and so does your holiday dinner! We grilled burgers and I made potato salad. Our neighborhood tried to blow itself up but luckily everyone was safe about it.

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    1. I haven't had good homemade potato salad in ages. My husband doesn't care for it so I never make it. It's hard when you're cooking for two to make stuff only one likes. Too much waste and trouble.

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  12. How wonderful to be able to put add your own produce to your 4th of July feast! Those grilled spuds look mouthwatering; I think I shall switch the oven on today and make something with the potatoes I bought last week.
    The pomegranate flower is really beautiful, a great high summer colour!

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    1. Those potatoes were delicious! They were golden potatoes that I cut in half lengthwise and steamed prior to tossing them with the herbs and olive oil and finishing them off on the grill.

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  13. What a feast of good produce you have. Such colours too - a real celebration I hope , and one of hope too.

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    1. It did feel like a real celebration even though it was just the two of us! I'm afraid I've gotten out of the habit of doing much socializing with others.

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  14. That food looks delicious. It's a shame that George was worried about the fireworks. We are lucky that our dog isn't too bothered about them. He will maybe bark when he first hears some, but then is quite relaxed. The yorkie who used to live here was terrified and I would put her bed in the downstairs toilet.....as far inside the house as possible! I think after a couple of years she took her cue from Alexi and wasn't quite so frightened.

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    1. There were some really, really loud booms close by and he started to tremble. :( He's never had much reaction to fireworks but these were apparently too close for comfort.

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  15. Your gardens are a huge success. I’m now craving a hot dog off the grill. And your way of serving corn would make me very happy. I don’t enjoy holding it in my hands and shoving my face into it.

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    1. Cutting corn off the cob is the only way Gregg will eat it, even though he loves fresh corn. He hates the idea of gnawing on a cob! So you two have that in common!

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  16. Your feast looks fabulous! Your garden is looking great, too! Well done!

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  17. Wow, that German Queen tomato is huge - almost a meal in itself!

    No Independence Day for us Brits. So it was just a normal weekend for us - watching movies, reading books and guzzling wine!

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  18. Oooh! I'm watching downton abbey too. What episode are you on. Season 2, episode 9 for me.

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    1. We just watched season 4, episode 2. I love it!

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  19. I would have declined all for the tomatoes.

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    1. They tasted so good that after I sliced them into a bowl and salted the slices, I drank the juice that drained off. Delicious!

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  20. Your garden is doing so well. Nothing growing here. To hot, little rain, snoke and wind. Plus the pack rats love to eat anything that is not in covered in many layers of wire.

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  21. That is a gigantic tomato, well done you, for nurturing it. Bounce trembled all over when fireworks are going on in past years so I got him CBD oil this year and it greatly relaxed him.

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  22. wow....the tomatoes are terrific..
    I hid out in apt during all the fireworks.makes me miss Dexter he would always crawl up in my lap and we'd comfort each other.
    boy those sausages look good.

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  23. I bet those cantaloupes are going to be amazing. You can't beat melons off the vine.

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