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Sunday, August 29, 2010

August 29, 2010

The Parks Department offered a free boat making workshop for kids today at the Brooklyn Waterfront. We started off there, and ended up at one of our favorite spots on City Island. It was a good day all around.

And I am happy to report that the boats do indeed float (see last picture.)

Fruit Cocktail Tree

One of my co-workers ordered a Fruit Cocktail Tree from Direct Gardening. I had never heard of such a tree, but here is the description:

Pick 6 delicious varieties from this unusual tree! Plant our Fruit Cocktail Tree when you don't have room for an orchard. Pick nectarines, peaches, plums, and apricots all from the same tree. Harvest bushels of fruit. Have plenty for jams, jellies, canning, eating fresh and freezing. Self-pollinating and grows about 10 feet tall. Reach fruit from this little one tree orchard standing right on the ground. And the first bushel of fruit will pay for the tree. Blossoms in spring -- fruit in fall. In spring your tree will be loaded with an abundance of blossoms. A spectacular sight for the whole neighborhood to enjoy. This is pretty enough to plant as a specimen tree right in your front yard. We send 2-3' trees.

It sounds like the perfect Willy Wanka concoction. Also available in 5-N-1 Apple and 5-N-1 Pear .

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The First 13

I am now halfway done with my Abstract Nouns alphabet. Here are the first 13 letters again:

Now on to "neutrality."

M is for Mystery

I chose "Mystery" for the letter M of my Abstract Nouns alphabet. It was a tough choice between "mystery" and "misery", but ultimately "mystery" won out. I loved reading Nero Wolfe novels when I was a kid, and while researching "mystery" I found this. I had never heard the theory that Nero Wolfe might have been
the illegitimate offspring of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler. I haven't decided yet how I feel about that.

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