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A ROAD TRIP TO THE GARDEN STATE

We drove to New Jersey last weekend to pick peaches and plums and spend the weekend with Denise’s family.  Denise grew up in New Jersey and I spent a lot of my adult life there.  I suppose it’s no surprise … Continue reading

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DISAPPOINTMENT AND UNEXPECTED TREASURE IN THE EMPTY NEST

It has been an odd summer.  Lots of rain.  Temperatures rising, falling and rising again.  And there has been the humidity. 89%, day after day, for weeks, yet, it doesn’t rain.  We’ve had cleaner breaths standing over the canners. Saturday … Continue reading

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CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE EMPTY NEST

Some time ago, a blogger called TBM left a comment on our site.   Of course, we visited her site and this is what we found.  One day she made a decision to change her life.  She wanted it to … Continue reading

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THE AUCTIONEER AND THE FARMERS AT THE PRODUCE AUCTION

THE AUCTIONEER:  The Auctioneer of the produce auction is Gene Daniels.  He has impressive credentials-former president of the Virginia Beach farm bureau, former president of the Ruritan Club, former president of the Tidewater Pork Producers, former Farm Bureau farmer of … Continue reading

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RINGERS, EXPERTS AND AMATEURS AT THE PRODUCE AUCTION

This is our second year at the produce auction.  We have a permanent number: 274.  We go every other week so we are regulars now.  We are two of the faces the auctioneer looks for when he’s watching for bids. … Continue reading

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THUNDERSTORMS AND BLACKBERRIES IN THE EMPTY NEST

The message on the answering machine of  Pungo Blueberries, said “blackberries are plentiful”.  We were in the car by 7AM, hoping it wasn’t an old message. It wasn’t.  The blackberries were everywhere. They were ripe and they were sweet. There … Continue reading

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VITAMIN C IN THE EMPTY NEST – FRIEND OR FOE?

This year’s challenge is, of course, about canning and preserving.  We are going to attempt to cook only with what we preserve and to use what we preserve in creative, unexpected ways.  Hoping the “unexpected” is the pleasant sort of … Continue reading

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