Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Caress, nurturing the tomatoes and caregiving snapshot

- That plant will get a trim before it returns to the back porch in about six weeks, but until then, its tendril looks so pretty caressing the apples.

- I enjoy the weekly email that comes from farmer Doug from the organic farm near the greenway park.  This bit about tomatoes is lovely:  "I have 150 tomato plants that are a foot tall now, and looking great.  600 more started and another 1000 seeds planted.  I slept with them last night to put wood on the stove and watch that they did not get cold.  Looking at their green leaves glow in the morning sun makes it worth it."

- On a warmish afternoon, two women sitting at the picnic table in front of the grocery store near work, with a just purchased container of strawberries open on the table before them.  The younger (granddaughter, caregiver?) dabs the elder's mouth.  So loving.

21 comments:

TALON said...

Aww, such a tender moment you witnessed, Lynn. And what dedication on the part of the farmer to tend his crops like you would a child. That's neat!

Joanne said...

Love that bit about the farmer's update on his crops...it's so nice to hear about so much dedication!

Riot Kitty said...

And once again, your blog makes me hungry! Now I want tomatoes.

Mine don't start springing up until April. Too cold before then.

happygirl said...

Your farmer friend is a poet. I'm glad you're warmer down there. We have winter up here and I'm ready for it to be gone.

Shionge said...

Oh this is so blissful and the true essence of 'smelling the roses'. Thank you Lynn :D

Jannie Funster said...

Ahhhh, I love your pothos ivy reaching for the sun and hugging your apples along the way!

And I love how he babies those seedling plants. That's a LOT of plants!! I can relate to babying my newly seeded Bermuda grass lawn -- a good hand-soaking with spraying hose twice a day for about 3 weeks in the Texas hot summer until it started growing great. Some of it's actually survived along with the many weeds that have cropped up, these 15 years or so later! :)

Yes, a sweet moment witnessed.

Nice to be here in Lynn Land. Still pretty busy in life and not posting lately, but all's well. Had a good recording studio night Monday, then a good photo shoot at Kalyani's yesterday, all day, for her album artwork. And eBay very busy -- shipping 8 porcelain geisha saki decanters to Athens, GA tomorrow! And GA always makes me think of beautiful you.

xoxoxo

Leonora said...

Your apple photo looks like a still life painting.
The number of tomato plants Farmer Doug has planted is mind boggling. I suppose that's a normal amount for a farmer, but still. Yes, best to sleep with them to protect such an investment!

The Elephant's Child said...

Mmmm tomatoes. We currently have six different tomatoes fruiting their little hearts out. And a home grown tomato leaves a store bought one dead in a ditch.
I love that tender moment you saw and reported. Thank you.

Lynn said...

Talon -

Yes - this post has a nurture theme, without me intending it.

Joanne -

He is so dedicated. His email from the week before talked about the production of his "feather ladies" being down and the patience we must have when asking for fresh eggs. Love going there, too.

Riot Kitty -

Do you have some in a pot?

happygirl -

He is a poet. It's 35 degrees this morning, but warms up to about 50 in the afternoon. Not bad.

Lynn said...

Shionge -

I always try to smell the roses. Thank you Shionge.

Jannie -

You would love Athens, Georgia - home of a wonderful music scene. It's a big college town, too - lots going on there. And it's where REM hails from.

Thank you for visiting Lynn Land. :) I like that. And I can't wait to see that album artwork and hear the recordings.

xo

Leonora -

We keep having those frosty mornings - the night he was talking about was 25 degrees. Such dedication and I hope I get some of those tomatoes. I think the CSA box people get first dibs. :)

And I debated between the flash version and the non-flash version of my photograph and went with non-flash. My trusty Canon camera does have a glary flash.

The Elephant's Child -

Dead in a ditch is right! I won't buy grocery store tomatoes except the Italian plum tomatoes sometimes. I got some late summer tomatoes at a roadside stand last year and they weren't good at all. I left them in the bowl you see above for three weeks and they didn't go bad. (I finally threw them out.) I think someone had pumped them full of those GMOs or something. I don't like to think what that does to my body, so no more of that for me. I'm sticking with Doug's tomatoes.

Jannie Funster said...

Yes, I'll for sure be posting some about her cool art and songs. And mine eventually! :)

Always a favorite place to be, this Lynn Land!!

xoox

Mama Zen said...

My mouth is watering thinking of those tomatoes!

Chatty Crone said...

Sitting in the sun eating fresh strawberries - what is better than that?

Lynn said...

Jannie -

Looking forward to that, my friend!

xoxoxo

Mama Zen -

Me, too.

Sandie -

Absolutely. :)

Sara said...

This is such as sweet post, especially the last lines, "The younger dabs the elder's mouth. So loving."

I also enjoyed the farmer's words. It's nice to know he stayed outdoors and kept the tomatoes warm:~)

Betty Manousos said...

what a beautiful tomato photo!

look yummy!

now i am hungry i tell ya and haven't had my first morning coffee yet!

big hugs.
xo

Lynn said...

Sara -

I thought so, too. And yes - that's total dedication. It was so neat to have eggs that had just been collected.

Lynn said...

Betty -

I'm having some now. :) Big hugs to you!

Snaggle Tooth said...

Somehow I skipped this post! Sorry-
Like your pretty plant leaves. All my house plants went into shock from the absence of heat last week :(
Nowhere near planting time here yet- another month.
No one would think of eating outside in the cold here now either! Lucky older woman to have such a caring person with them.

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

I'll give that plant a trim before putting it back outside. Hope you aren't snowed in again!

LL Cool Joe said...

Wow that is a loving farmer! I'd find it hard to get that cherishing with a pile of tomatoes! :D