Friday, October 19, 2012

punkin patch

A nearby farmer harvested all the pumpkins from his patch that he was going to sell so now he's letting folks have the remaining pumpkins for FREE,
On the way home from work, I loaded up a dozen, split 'em open at home, and let the poultry have at it. The goats were out pickin' and will munch on 'em when they come back. The pumpkin seeds are thought to be natural wormers for livestock.
Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops; removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the origin of pumpkin pie.
The seeds and the meat are relished. The seeds contain more protein than most grains—oats included. Because the seed is an embryo of future life, nature packs it chock-full of vitamins and minerals. Extremely abundant amounts of iron and phosphorus are found in these seeds along with lots of the B complex vitamins.
Every Fall I have to post my favorite poem by
Bliss Carman. 1861–
24. A Vagabond Song
THERE is something in the autumn that is native to my blood—
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.
The scarlet of the maples can shake me like a cry 5
Of bugles going by.
And my lonely spirit thrills
To see the frosty asters like a smoke upon the hills.
There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;
We must rise and follow her, 10
When from every hill of flame
She calls and calls each vagabond by name.


Dot said...

Great photos, Joanna. You have such a good eye!

Mary Ann said...

I love that poem, and don't remember it, thank you, Joanna!