Unseasonably early plums calls for jamming. This batch was just plums, sugar and pectin. Anyone have a better #recipe?
Went on a tour/lecture of First Rain Farm. No till and the only soil amendment is an on-site compost made of wood-chips and goat piss applied on the beds once a year. Prescribed burns and grazing for land management. Inspiring simplicity #permaculture
New blog post! I finished reading The Travels of Sir John Mandeville and wrote down all of the fun middle english words I didn't know. Here are a few examples:
mickle: a great many
"Men go to the city of Rames, the which is but a little thence; and it is a fair city and a good and mickle folk therein."
septentrion: north, or northerly regions
"And therefore in the Septentrion, that is very north, is the land so cold, that no man may dwell there."
Bonus! This little seedling hitched a ride with one of the strawberry plants. My mother bought them from a nursery so perhaps it'll be interesting.
In the age of the Commodore, 3-2-1 Contact, ostensibly a magazine aimed at children, published a series of pretty rad BASIC programs to be typed into #commodore #atari or other #retrocomputing machines. I've put together a somewhat searchable PDF of the old scans my dad had in his archives here: https://nullbrook.org/archive/books/321ContactBasicTraining/321ContactBasicTraining/321ContactBasicTraining.pdf but you can seek out the sections yourself in full color here: https://archive.org/details/321contact
Bonus close-up of the flowers. Bees love them! But they look sorta silly next to the white roses from the garden
The white flowers of this mock orange actually look pretty decent on this trellis. The smell is incredible and the pollen even more so. #florespondence
Delighted by Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song Book, an early collection of nursery rhymes. The British Museum has made part of it available online. https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/tommy-thumbs-pretty-song-book In addition to the humorous prose there's this little advertisement on the last page. "Tired of beating your children? Try teaching them some naughty rhymes!" #books #history
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