"The LORD will always guide you and provide good things to eat when you are in the desert. He will make you healthy. You will be like a garden that has plenty of water or like a stream that never runs dry." Isaiah 58:10-12

31 May 2010

Things My Mother Would Never Believe, Pt 1+

Yes, the collards were pretty decent. Ok, I know that's not a rave review but, given the fact that I haven't willingly eaten collards since I was about five, it's a good start.

The peach cobbler, however, was outstanding, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth tantalizing and just downright yummy!!!

Things My Mother Would Never Believe About Me: Pt 1

Actually, the title is a bit vague. This category could be subdivided into things she'd never believe about me and things she'd never believe I've done. If you know me, you know that such a list could be quite extensive! You also know that there are a number of items in the "things I've done" category that both of my parents would be better off not knowing (so please don't tell them)!

I'd planned to spend the morning of this wonderful Memorial Day hiking the Swamp Rabbit Trail(all or part of it), then visit The Café @ Williams' Hardware in Travelers' Rest for dinner (what the yankees call "lunch"). Well, God apparently decided that our little part of His great garden needed watering today, so He took care of that and sent a gullywasher of a rainstorm, complete with fireworks and sound effects. That took care of the hiking!

After considering how much I'd been wanting to visit the cafe, along with the fact that I needed food, I decided to go there for dinner. As I was walking in the door, the "Special" signboard outside caught my attention: rosemary roasted chicken, mac and cheese and collard greens. The first two items elicited an immediate "Yes!!!" response from my stomach and my brain's reply of "But I don't like collard greens" was swept away like the chirp of a cricket in a hurricane.

After I'd ordered and had a moment to consider my decision further, I decided that perhaps it wouldn't hurt me to sample at least a forkful. That first one became another, then another and ....

Yes, my mother will never believe it, but I ATE an ENTIRE PORTION (about an even 1/3 of a dinner plate) OF COLLARD GREENS!

If you're in the area, be sure to check out the cafe. It's at 13 South Main Street, Travelers' Rest. You can also check them out online at: http://www.cafeatwilliamshardware.com/

Back on Track

Yeah, I know. It's been a YEAR since I posted anything; and what a year it's been! There's been sickness, work, gardening, sickness, deaths (friends, not family), doctor visits, sickness, vet visits, work, travel, ministry, sickness, well ... you get the idea. All of this translates to not much time for blogging!

I hope to make this year different. Not that I think this little blog is such an outstanding example of literary excellence that readers are waiting with bated breath for every entry, but it IS a good method of chronicling things that are going on in my garden, my life and (sometimes) my community.

One of the excellent developments of this year was my discovery of a fascinating small nursery in the Greater Greenville/Upstate area. This is Mountainview Farm, located in Pickens, SC. If you're interested in perusing massive numbers of plants in airconditioned indoor splendour, you won't find it there. Conversely, if you like to browse through a nice variety of local plants and a decent selection of "famous" species in a beautiful gorgeous mountain setting and to talk with two fascinating ladies who enjoy what they're doing, Mountainview is the place for you!

On my last visit, I picked up some lovely coneflowers (echinacea purpureea) at a very reasonable price, as well as a gracious plenty of stevia seeds (stevia rebaudiana). Speaking of seeds, I've got a few that need to be started and a mild, rainy day such as this is perfect for sitting on the porch and potting plants!