Garden Diary - August 2020

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Thursday, 27 August 2020


My friend Janet, she of the superb vegetable garden, sent me home with boxes of vegetables.

I forsee ratatouille in my future!

Dice sweet peppers and onion, and gently sauté in some olive oil

Then top with peeled and juiced tomatoes that were also diced. Simmer some more.

Janet gave me a proper courgette, voluptuously shaped. Sliced, dusted with salt

and allowed to sit and weep away some moisture. Pat dry, and sauté until lightly golden.

I had my choice of plump or long skinny Japanese eggplant. Chose the latter. Slice,

salt, pile in a colander to weep excess moistue. Pat dry, and sauté. Getting close!

In saucepan layer the vegetables - tomatoe / pepper / onion, then some courgette,
eggplant, tomato medley, courgette & eggplant, tomato layeron top. Simmer gently.

And voilà it is now ratatouille, something I enjoy hot, room temperature, or cold,
as a side dish or on its own. I think I could even eat it as dessert, I love it so much.

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Brittish White Cattle

Driving towards Clinton to make a shopping trip I pass an open field where a herd

of Brittish White cattle are drowsing away the sunlit hours under some shady trees.

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Italian Blue Plums

Arriving at Shoprite I find a sign that autumn is clearly on the way.

There's a plentiful display of Italian blue plums offered for sale.

Sunday, 16 August 2020


There have been years when the evening rabbit makes a frequent,

I'll even say regular appearance. This year it's catch as catch can. Hello.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

There are butterflies this year, but fewer, not as many as expected.

Several tiger swallowtails, this singular black swallowtail. No monarchs.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Storm Isaias

Tropical storm Isaias arrived yesterday, 4 August, with 4.87 inches of rain. Power went out about 2:30 p.m.. not restored untilFriday afternoon. At that, we were fortunate. Only two day outage and we have a whole house generator. Others in the area and surrounding states were much more severely impacted. Out of state repair crews and their equipment were brought in to deal with the situation.

Route 12 closed towards Horseshoe Bend Road. Tree down took power poles and wires with it.

The Nishisackawick Creek in full spate, racing towards the Delaware River.

Creek powerful enough that it tore out the edge of aptly named Creek Road.

Asphalt undermined and collapsed, the large rocks protecting the creek edge also gone.

Our neighbor's sheep pasture is often inundated but not like this,
knocking over the fence and fence posts on the far side of the field.

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