Atop the Stump at the Farm etc.

And a few other pics for the second ATOP gallery.

  I was talking with my friend today and said I don’t think I use the word atop in my everyday vocabulary.  But I seem to have a few photos from the archives that illustrate it.

At Chuck and Sharon’s farm in Crestline, OH

grandkids atop roofGrandkids atop the playhouse in the backyard, a few years ago.

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People ready to scream atop Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood

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A former student posting for the nutritional food postersduquesne incline

Duquesne Incline atop Mt. Washington Pittsburgh PA

IMG_9134Lawn ball atop stand in Joan’s Garden

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Wonder Bread sign in Columbus OH

xmas tree atop fenceChristmas Tree atop fence post on Arlington Avenue

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St. Mary of the Mount atop Mt. Washington Pittsburgh

Cauliflower Chysanthemums

My friend, blog follower and frequent commenter, Sue R, told me she saw some Chrysanthemums that looked like Cauliflower.   I said, WHERE?

She couldn’t remember exactly but I know she sent me here somehow.  I found them.

There they were right on a front lawn.  I couldn’t believe it. Thanks Sue!

cauliflower-mumsand I did get out of the car for the second shot.  Are these the ones you were referring to. Sue?

 

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Backyard Color Amidst the Weeds

Ailanthus and asters amongst the weeds.

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In fact the tree is a weed tree.

The asters pushed up and survived despite neglect. As the sun was setting the colors called to me through the kitchen window and I went out and caught them. img_0907

 

What I’ll long for, come winter

In February,  I’ll be filled with Nostalgia for a vine ripened summer tomato. You can taste the sun. A little salt and freshly ground pepper bring out the flavor.

My sister bought this one at the Union Square market today. Booths were filled with pumpkins, gourds and jugs of apple cider.

There’s no replacement for a summer tomato.

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Remember the Wildflowers Painted by My Friend?

The Pennsylvania wildflowers were painted on her beehives -see the Wildflower paintings on Beehives by Joan

Here’s one jar of the thirty pounds of honey she harvested with the help of two fellow bee experts. 

They brought their extractor with them to show and teach her how to harvest the honey. 

She shared the honey with them and learned how to do it herself but was best with the team. (I’m sorry I don’t recall how long it took but a few hours.) 


And I can tell you that it tastes beautifully delicious, full of summer flowers. I’ll have to ask Joan what she does to prepare the beehives for the winter. 

In case you want to learn how watch video

How to extract honey from comb