After my post on Friday I headed off to see my Aunt. She had messaged me and said she has ripe plums and to come and pick them! So off I went!
It was a gorgeous afternoon! The plum tree is huge and it was covered in beautiful huge lilac plums. The prettiest colour! And there were so many! I was armed with baskets, my Aunt was armed with buckets and we chatted and worked away picking fruit. It was a pretty warm day too but mostly we were in the shade of this beautiful tree. We filled container after container. Then we took a break. I felt we had been doing a pretty good job but when I stood back and admired our work you couldn't even tell we had picked any! We literally made no impression at all! The tree was still absolutely covered!
We decided a cup of tea would be a good idea and took a break. There were stories of some of my Dad's adventures and plum recipes. My Aunt always makes a pot of tea and gives me a big cup and saucer covered in roses.
I wear pearls a lot but as I was talking with my Aunt I decided I need to wear them all the time. She was wearing the most gorgeous large baroque pearls and they were so lustrous they lit her face in a kind of halo of light. They were so stunning. So note to self to wear my pearls. And here she was having an afternoon of fruit picking wearing her pearls.
I told her how stunning they looked and she told me she always wears them to bed. That way if an ambulance comes they will see her wearing her pearls and treat her well.
Maybe I better start wearing my pearls to bed!
With a very hot day forecast my Aunt was organised to stay indoors the next day. She had drinks in the fridge and a plan if the power goes out. I also noted she has a cooler in the lounge room and a cooler in her bedroom. Just the lounge room was on and she would swap when she goes to bed if it was hot. With power prices now it is much easier to heat or cool one room you are using than a whole house. Most of our homes are open plan now as when they were designed electricity was affordable. Now the rooms you can close up are probably much more sensible!
Other aspects of her preparedness are her rainwater tank, plenty of supplies and her hammer near the front door in case she needs to smack someone in the head.
Then it was back to more plum picking. Now I am thinking of what to make. Plum jam, crumble (crisp), cobblers, my use it up fruit cake with yoghurt... Then I am considering exactly how much freezer space does Mums freezer have now?
My Aunt knew that most of the fruit trees I had to pick from near me are now all knocked down. She said as she rides her bike she sees new houses going up and they plant a lawn and have a couple of trees or shrubs planted out the front. She said what a waste. They could have fruit trees! "People think just because there is plentiful food now that there always be" but one day they will be sorry...
So it was wonderful and joyous and I loaded all these baskets into the car. My Aunt said how it runs in the family to love fruit trees and especially lemons and also to hate golf. Generations have loved fruit picking, lemons and hated golf. And here I am the exact same!
All this was great fun to me. My Aunt increasingly reminds me of my Nanna which is really nice.
Nanna was so happy with simple things like some flowers or some eggs and some lemons! I can't think of anyone happier than she was. She was just so enthusiastic and so friendly.
My Dad mentioned this last time we went mushrooming. I said how Nan would have had a great time. And Dad said oh yes she would love it! And how he remembers picking up wood for the fire and Nan would be so excited to be picking up wood! She would say "oh look at this beautiful bit" and he laughed, he said she could get excited over a nice tree stump. haha!
So all this joy over simple things. Yesterday I started making jam and I cut up enough plums to make a crumble. I was so happy doing this. I couldn't have had a better day! The colour of the plums is beautiful, a deep ruby.
I have days of working through my baskets of plums. Nanna would have loved it!
Nanna had a way about her. She could get anyone to do anything. One time the Doctor came to her house as a house call. While he was there she asked him if he would go up the ladder and clean the kitchen light as she could't manage it and he was tall. And he did.
I am thinking it is a bit wonderful to find simple things so much fun! By bedtime I am thinking this was a beautiful day. Being industrious like this just makes my heart happy!
What are the simple things that you really enjoy? I can think of so many. Picking up bags of pinecones for the fire, going to the beach, picking flowers for the house, collecting eggs...
I said recently that I would rather be making jam than on a jet. Truthfully I would rather be home than most places! I love a good outing but honestly I am heading off tomorrow down south to see Hilde, go op shopping with her and to the discount grocery store and fruit and veggie shop. I am looking forward to this so much you would think I'm going to the French Riviera. 😊
Have a great week! xxx
The little birds...
If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.
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