We had a great weekend when Simon decided to come here on Friday and stay until Monday. We got in plenty of fishing and dock time plus he spent several hours of quality study time, hitting the organic chemistry books. That’s not a subject I’m able to assist with but just provide the proper study environment. On Sunday Joey and Mark came up to help me deal with a couple of dead trees that were in locations threatening my truck and the sheds. They brought Eileen with them for a social visit, not to attack the trees. They were dead oaks in contrast with the dead bays I’ve been dealing with and much larger in general. After studying them in detail, I decided to have a tree trimming company come in to deal with the largest oak. It’s located such that just the slightest problem could have it crashing down on the shed and I really didn’t want that to happen. It took us several hours to get the others taken care of and only one branch misbehaved and put a good ding in the shed. They earned a dive in the lake to cool off and clean up and proclaimed the official opening of the swimming season. Later in the day, Tom and Olivia joined us for a lasagna feast and an antipasto bar. After the crowd cleared, Si and I hit the dock again to close the day with a little fishing and organic chemistry study. I think for the duration of his stay he got in about 6 hours of study and an equal amount of fishing. I’m hoping he scores better on his upcoming test than he did in the bass department.
On Monday we loaded Simon up with plenty of take home food and headed up to Gainesville. Nancy’s friend Wilma is still in the hospital there so this was a good excuse to visit her again. On the way up we discussed the possibility of getting lunch and Simon recalled a barbecue place just outside of Gainesville in a little town called Micanopy. Pearl’s Country Store and Barbecue was in an old gas station right on US441. He’d heard nothing but good things about it but had never tried it. Wow, was it great barbecue; zero atmospherics but I put the ribs ahead of Brian’s and that’s saying a lot. Too bad we didn’t find it when he was a freshman instead of a month before he graduates.
Well Tuesday was the nth annual quilt group “quilt airing”. This is an event in which each of the participants, 8 this year, make a quilt using a common set of block designs. No rules as to color choices, fabric choices, block size or block placement. So no two quilts look alike and with some you really have to study the quilt to see that it complies with the basic rule. No one is to see another person’s quilt until the airing. My role is to hang the quilts while the ladies are eating lunch. It was pouring during the event so I had to hang them out on the screened porch. My other job is to take pictures of the ladies using their cameras. I performed up to spec in both jobs. I declined to make any comments at all about the quilts themselves.
You might remember a while back I said I was trying a second patch of parsnips in a better part of the garden. The first ones were OK but not spectacular. If the green tops are any indicator, the white roots are going to be much nicer than the trial planting. Oh yeah. If you could see my parsnips, you’d throw rocks at the Publix offering. They are at least a foot long and 2-3” across at the top. I also started picking the last patch of beets which is a variety called Chioggia. What distinguishes these from the standard beets is that instead of having a solid red interior, they have concentric alternating rings of white and red. I picked about half a dozen and they are much more symmetrical than the ones I usually produce so they just look better. Without a question, this has been my best season ever for root crops.