Wednesday, October 08, 2008

diggin taters

It is the time of year that I get to thinking about ants and grasshoppers...

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There is always so much to be done in the way of harvesting and putting the garden to bed. Days go by, and I feel like all I do is work, work - work and store things away for the winter. I feel like an ant.

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Potatoes are taking center stage this week. I'm getting pretty handy with a fork. I only forked 2 out of this entire bunch. An old window screes holds the result of one days digging. They are washed and left to cure for a few days before storing. The harvest was good this year, with only a few white ones showing some presence of solanine (green). I tossed those over the hillside. We raised several different varieties...russets for baking, and whites for boiling...and fingerlings for roasting...

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This one wins the prize for the biggest...so far.

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And this one wins for best, ahem, artistic expression? Or as my husband says, the biggest "ass". You need a sense of humor and an active imagination when you grow your own veggies.

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And lest we forget that this IS a fiber blog...here is a sneak peak of something I have been working on for what seems like a very long time....some handspun alpaca woven on the tri... I do have a plan going on here...really I do. It has just been taking me so long to do it I may have forgotten what it was. No worries, I'll figure something out!

And because even us ants have to have a little fun...tomorrow I take the afternoon off and head to Pocono Manor to visit a few friends (grasshoppers) who are attending (playing) SOAR (Spin Off Annual Retreat).

PS ...note from author....It was not my intention to offend anyone with the potato photo, the human body is a work of art and the potato was a reflection of that. I apologize for violating the terms of my photobucket agreement. I must have missed the part about vegetables....

22 comments:

pacalaga said...

The potato butt! OMG, I love it. Beautiful weaving too.

KnitChick said...

I LOVE harvest time!! We picked up potatoes when I was up that way last month... It was even easier though...it's a field that had already been harvested, so all we did was pick up the leftovers!

The alpaca is beautiful. I need to spend some time spinning some myself...I have a ton of alpaca here, need to actually get spinning it.

Sharon said...

Wow, your potatoe harvest is great, and what BIG potoatoes!!!

How has your flax gone?

fiberjoy said...

That is a seriously big potato, and the second is priceless.

Our potatoes didn't do so well this year. I was neglectful at the wrong times.

SOAR! It's great you're going. Have a wonderful time. :-)

Judy said...

I still have a row of potatoes to dig...could I convince you to give up SOAR and come help me to dig mine? NO, I didn't think so! Have fun!

KnitChick said...

Wow...it's really sad when a POTATO gets censored :(

graybastian said...

Now I REALLY want to see that potato! Geez, if you can't even laugh at silly produce, you might as well never leave the house.

DebbieB said...

When I think of what gets through network television censors, I can't help but laugh out loud at a potato getting censored for 'bottom cleavage'. :)

I envy you your green thumb, Ms. Ant - I can barely grow mold. What a nice harvest for you!

cyndy said...

Yea...strange world we live in...people put all sorts of xrated photographs and videos out there...entire websites devoted to it...and this innocent little fiber blog puts one photo of a potato that looks like a shapely woman and it gets censored. What if I wanted to sell the tater on ebay? Would photobucket refuse to publish it?

Cathy said...

LOL - Cyndy, you wild woman, you.

Give Judy etc a hug at SOAR!!

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

LOL! It might be funnier that it got censored, rotflol!

The Gingerbread House said...

Your potato harvest was great, that one potato is the biggest i've ever seen...you could feed a family with just that one....Ginny

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a potato. I am glad you get to take time off to do something fun. You will come home refreshed and inspired.

Joanne said...

Wow, you're making me excited about digging my Jerusalem artichokes now! Maybe I'll find a bottom of my very own. :) Your potatoes look delicious. Hope they taste great and I'll skip all the funny censoring allusions there... Have fun at SOAR!

Oh, on my blog you asked about our apple varieties. I was curious too! The ones I sent to a pomologist last year (apple scientist) were not very remarkable or old...Northern Spy, Golden Delicious, Cortland..all delicious but not necessarily antique. However, I suspect some of the trees are quite old--we'll only learn the varieties if we clean the orchard up enough to have good looking apples to show the pomologist in the future!

Manise said...

You got censored? Fortunately I saw it earlier- a priceless find! Shame on photobucket. I'll shut up before they ban you. I too get a kick out odd shaped produce in my garden- eggplant with a nose or....something else-hehe.

Have a super time at SOAR. Say high to Judy for me. And Laurie- I've told her to look out for you. :-)

Anonymous said...

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Rosemary said...

This censored potato thing is just toooooooooo funny! It's made my day.

Cheers!
Rosemary

Sunflower Farm said...

I think it is so funny you got in trouble over your Potato!! Imagine if they checked what else was on the web. Glad everything is well

Anonymous said...

Poor infamous spud!!
I had to re-visit this post to check out the potato postmortem, especially the cryptic comments by A. Nonymous. He is suffering from a possibly terminal case of the puns, I see. Reminds me of a relative of mine, who shall remain anonymous (ha ha heehee, get it??)

vanessa said...

sorry i missed the spud porn ;-)

Cady May said...

i missed the tater, but it was fun leaving it up to my imagination : )
The harvest thing is wearing me out,too. I made new cloches for the winter greens, still have late limas and black eyes to pick, still have russian sunflowers to husk from the stalks, and then there are the black walnuts to gather, the garden hoses to drain, the cabin windows to cover with plastic, the firewood and kindling to split, manure to spread, turnips to pull...whew!! almost too tired to knit, but not quite! glad you dug soar, thanks for sharing the art.

Cindy said...

It seems we country ants work and work and work and then all of the sudden, frost comes, and it all doesn't matter anymore. What gets done is done, the rest, well life goes on.

I only planted sweet potatoes this year and dug one to check them out. That yam was big enough to be two meals for me. Yummy, baked yam.

On creative designs with veggies, our neighbors down the lane always put up a scarecrow this time of year at the end of their lane. It looks like a man standing bending over, with his overalls flap hanging down. What is revealed is a large pumpkin. They work hard to find one just the right shape LOL.

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