Pears and Apples…

…or is it Apples and Pears?

So far it looks like we have a bumper crop again this year.

We’ll see how many grow to maturity.

Photos taken on June 16, 2017.

This rabbit thought if it kept still I wouldn’t notice it.

We are heading out on Saturday morning with a summer walking group. Hopefully I’ll get some good photos to share next week. Then in the afternoon we have a Father’s day barbecue with our Western Washington kids. Hope you have a good weekend.

Pears for Your Heirs…

Pear trees, especially the old English varieties that would have been the subject of this proverb, take many years to mature and give fruit. You don’t plant them for yourself but for your heirs.

The full version of the phrase, which is a 17th century English proverb, is:

Walnuts and pears you plant for your heirs.

The sense of the altruistic nature of tree planting was also expressed by Thomas Fuller in his work Gnomologia, 1732:

“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.”

ht: The Phrase Finder

We’re thankful to whoever planted the trees in our yard. We have a few very mature trees compared to the rest of the neighborhood because our home was the original home surrounded by acres of land that were sold to a developer who put in houses. An old resident down the hill from us told me that our property was originally a nursery called Primrose Acres.

Look at all those pears we picked off our one tree. I know a small portion of them will be used to finish off my Smirntopf but what to do, what to do with all the rest. I’ll try to give some away. Maybe make some pear sauce. There are lots of lovely tarts and other things I can make but I’ll have to give those baked goods away as I’m restraining myself.

If you live close by and want some let me know.

Around the Yard…

Tuesday was a busy day around my little domain. Favors given and orders picked up. Emails sent and received. My main goal for the day was to mow the lawn. After that was accomplished I started dinner. We ate dinner which is an early experience here. Now we three are sitting with our feet up and watching (for the first time) The King’s Speech. Yes, we are the last people in the world to watch The King’s Speech!  Here we sit exclaimingit’s Darcy, it’s Elizabeth Bennett, it’s Mr. Collins! It’s a Pride and Prejudice Reunion!!

What does all this have to do with my mosaic you might ask? Well nothing except if you know me and my blog I am compelled to share at least one nice photo a day. These Azalea blooms, a rhododendron bloom, and the pears on our tree just showing themselves were the subjects that called out to my camera on a recent turn about the yard.

Hope your Wednesday is going well.

Welcome May!

“Among the many buds proclaiming May
Decking the fields in holiday array.
Striving who shall surpass in braverie,
Marke the faire flowering of the hawthorne tree
Who finely clothed in a robe of white,
Fills full the wanton eye with May’s delight.”

                                                      ~ Chaucer

This is a pear tree, not a hawthorn tree. I’m enjoying it’s white blossoms with pink. I’m linking this to Mary’s Mosaic Monday.

This upcoming week is full for me with an overnight trip to Canada for our Mennonite Girls Can Cook book release party on Friday. Then we have book signings in Canada on Saturday. The following week Dear and I head to Washington D.C. for 10 days for a business conference and sight seeing. My book give-away will be coming up after our D.C. trip.

I’ll make sure and give you lots of notice and time to leave a comment with a chance to win the book. Hope all is going well for you.

I can’t let the news pass my post by today. The mastermind of the 9-11 attack on the United States has finally been found and done away with. This was good news late Sunday here in the U.S.A.  I’m praying for our Military and specifically our Marine Son In Law as the world waits to see what kind of reaction to this news there will be. Praying for protection from evil.

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Neighborhood Walk…

After dinner yesterday Dear and I went for a walk out and about the neighborhood. The first hill was a killer but it was worth the effort.


We saw so many splashes of color in the different yards we passed. We also saw some great yard art but I’ll save that for Thursday.You know it’s Spring because there were so many people enjoying an early evening walk. The mountains pictured are the Cascades.

I showed our apple tree buds earlier in the week this next mosaic is of our pear tree with several of the buds blooming.


It’s been a great few days to be outside here in the Pacific Northwest. Rain is coming in later this week just in time for the Sounder’s game on Thursday. Hope your Wednesday is going well…

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