Thursday, May 12, 2011

No Hammock Swinging Today...

You won't find me swinging in that there hammock today...
nope...
too much to do.


Excuse me while I get these boots on...


Just look at the photo and you'll see why I need boots...
it's a jungle out there and plenty bush to tramp through.
So, anytime I go do some crop picking...
I put on long jeans, boots, apron with pockets (a must have)...
pair of scissors, knife (better still, a machete)...
and - well, you get the picture.

Okay, Foxie girl...
almost ready...


With dogs at my heels, we make our first stop at the pepper "store".
Have we got peppers.
Our pepper bushes are loaded with them.
Good thing they sell well with our clients.


Shadow boy is taking in the cottage view from the pepper patch.


Taking just a handful of peppers for the menu today...
these peppers are called "seasoning peppers" here on our island.
They come in sweet and hot flavors.
We like the sweet, because I use them like candy in our dishes.


Shadow...
are you laughing at me in my boots?


Alright, cut it out and let's head over to the corn patch...
I'd like to roast a couple ears of corn for lunch.


I take the small ears of corn and leave the larger ones for our clients.
And, as we meander through the corn stalks...
I can't help myself...
I take photos of the pretty weeds.


Leave it to the Lord to make even the weeds look pretty
and all dressed up in their lovely flowers.
My God is the Artist of all artists.
Our honey bees sure do like them...
with the recent honey harvest, we now know what these pretty flowers taste like...kinda. 


And there, is the reason for my apron with pockets...
which now also carries some lemongrass for tea.


I stopped by one of the citrus plants...
doggone it if I gone and forgotten which citrus...
my hubby will know.
He never forgets what he planted.
Did you know you can use citrus leaves for tea?
Nice flavor.
Then, I stop to check on my new seedlings...
that one you see in front is cotton...
first time I'm trying my hand at growing cotton...
no idea how it will come out...
we shall see; well...unless the Lord returns.


We've been harvesting plantains and what we keep for ourselves...
we hang underneath the cottage veranda.
We like them green or ripened.
I will have to show you how to make patacones with the green ones.
Better than chips. 


Ah yes...
time for that roasted corn.


Now, tell me...
have you seen prettier corn than this?
Just look at those kernnels!
I sure wouldn't mind looking that purty.
And, it's all grown under the big "O"...
as in organic...
no chemicals...nada chemicals.


We simply roast them on top of the burner...
and no...
I have yet to taste any gas on the corn.


The grill helps sit the ear high enough above the flame.
And, those peppers we picked...?
They will go into the crockpot with a t-bone steak...
along with fresh ginger.



May your day be lovely and full of God's grace.
All bounties and good things come from the Lord.


8 comments :

  1. It's always so pleasant to stop by and visit. What a gorgeous field trip through your garden.
    Don't feel bad, my Mr. Farley has a good laugh every time he sees me in my yard mowing get-up. Your apron and boots are much cuter!

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  2. I so enjoyed you taking us along as you do some crop picking through your 'jungle'. I had no idea that you are on an island in the Carribean (takes me awhile to catch on sometimes). I was thinking Florida, very southern Florida. It will be interesting to see how the cotton turns out, how fun is that!

    Blogger has everything so messed up that I have a bunch of comments to do over as I had visited and left many before they shut down only to find the comments now missing. Hope I didn't miss any of your posts.

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  3. my husband and I thoroughly enjoy your blog...it's so amazing the things you pull out of your potager! nothing like here...where we have gone from frost warnings one week and then 90* the next week...it's been a very strange spring - and we vow to ourselves a greenhouse is in the eminent future.

    forgive me for not knowing where you live...but how fascinating you have corn + bananas -

    it's just so cool....and your blog is really so fun

    xo+farm blessings,
    Anne Marie

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  4. I so enjoyed visiting your world~ you are surely blessed!
    Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday!

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  5. A beautiful walk alongside you and your beautiful farm :) Thank you for your egret comment at my blog...for some reason it didn't "publish" correctly and is lost, but yes, white egret on blue water, God's paintbrush!

    :) Robbyn/thebackforty

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  6. My yard, when I dig down, is a white chalky solid substance. When I plant anything, it dies a slow death. Every Banana, papaya, and mango tree I ever planted has died. Woody trees like mahogany and birch do OK but you can't eat them, and they are dry trees.
    I love your yard.

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  7. PS: the mango trees that were there before the land was cleared are there and fine, but they are the small stringy mangos. I meant that the Julie Mango trees I plant die.

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  8. Beautiful abundance. You are a good steward of your land and the rich harvest is your reward!

    Blessings, Debbie

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