Tuesday, 5 July 2016

A Picture A Day...5

 
 
 
Shallots, ;oh and a couple of garlic bulbs). Not ever so exciting to some, not perhaps as exciting as that beautiful fabric on day two, or perhaps as interesting as the history of my mantle displays? If you don't grow your own veg, you perhaps can't really get how exciting it can be, to see the seeds you've sown germinate, or harvest delicious food to eat. So if veg ain't your thing, please just feel free to miss this one!
 
 
 
When I was little my Uncle Dink used to grow shallots. Dink wasn't his real name, it was Dennis. Apparently when he was born he was rather small and someone called him dinky, so Dink it was, all his life, (except for his wife Aunty Mary, she always called him Dennis). He turned out to be a big strapping fella, with auburn hair and a large auburn beard...he joined the navy and liked a drink or two (on occasion three). Big fella with a great big heart. I always think of him when I see shallots, carrying two shopping bags full for Mum to pickle.
 
 
 
Think I'm rather enjoying this blogging malarkey. Will try for a prettier picture tomorrow. Have a very lovely day/evening/night!
 
 
 
Amanda :) xxx
 
 
 
 

 

18 comments:

  1. It is interesting the things we do and the memories they hold. Do people still pickle shallots Did not have computer on yesterday, love the mantle.

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    1. Smells too, can take you right back! Computer free days are good! ;) xxx

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  2. So exciting! I loved growing shallots at our allotment and hope to add them to our new veg patch next year (we are fans of anything pickled!), and I still find growing plants from seed magical - the sheer volume of leaf/flower/stem/branch that seems to come from nothing is amazing.

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    1. It's like having your own little miracles isn't it, and puts a lot of things into perspective too! ;) xxx

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  3. Wonderful to have a homegrown harvest!

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  4. I love shallots. A subtle, sweet, mild flavour. You are right about the pleasure of growing things yourself ... I too, never cease to be amazed at that tiny seed that transforms into a beautiful flower, fruit, veg or whatever. Truly, simple little miracles that happen every day. The sun is out here today Hooray! hope it's the same for you. Love Paddi X

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    1. Aren't we lucky be be able to garden! :) xxx

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  5. Shallots and garlic make a beautiful combination. So this is pure beauty to me. Your uncle's name reminds me of the series Downton Abbey, where his Lordship was called Donk and the uncle was called Shrimpey... lol...
    Have a great day,
    Love,
    Mirjam

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    1. We British are a very odd bunch Mirjam! ;) xxx

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  6. Homegrown shallots are the best. Will you be pickling them or baking them> I like them baked and served as a side dish x

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    1. Hi no, these ones will be eaten, I will save a few to grow next year too :) xxx

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  7. Am thoroughly enjoying your picture a day. Thank you.
    Lynn

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  8. It's an amazing feeling to grow your own food, it feeds the soul as well as the belly. I am also a huge fan of shallots be they confit, pickled or roasted! I had an Uncle Bert, sadly long since gone, who grew tomatoes, lupins and geraniums, all of which remind me of him.

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    1. Veg growers of the past, influencing us today, thank you for visiting Jacqui :) xxx

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  9. good to see your garden is producing plenty to eat enjoy your shallots I am not a garlic lover though

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    1. I just love garlic Margaret, I'm also one of those strange people who actually doesn't mind garlic smells on other too...like I said strange. Proves I'm not a vampire though ;) xxx

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