RELIC — IT’S A CROCK!

*For the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Today, in the living room, a cactus is growing, occasionally blooming. The plant  sits in an Ontario-made crock, decades old and very similar to the crocks used by my mother for canning pickles — 9-day pickles, to be exact.

Ontario Crock with Cactus
Ontario Crock with Cactus

These pickles were crunchy and sweet with just enough tang to make them the perfect accompaniment for sandwiches and light lunches. Each year, baskets filled with cucumbers were harvested from the garden, washed, trimmed at the ends and sliced lengthwise into 3 or 4 sections. These green spears were placed in crocks, soaked and rinsed and soaked again in a series of water/vinegar/brine baths.

The nine-day process was an annual tradition for which we children were grateful through the long winter when grocery stores were not filled with a cornucopia of fresh produce throughout the year.

Ironically, it seems that canning has made a comeback. Stores and websites are full of canning supplies and recipes. To be honest, I have not picked up on the craze. Occasionally, I have made some chili sauce from one of the old recipes; however, I am not sure that I will try the 9-day pickle operation.

 

This Relic photo prompt reminds me of some more relics from the past, ones with a traditional faith-based focus. These relics — rosaries, medals, prayerbooks — are not part of a photo collection. They are carried with me, in spirit, every day, reminding me of parents and grandparents who left us with these treasures.

Have a great weekend, All!

PERENNIALS A-BLOOM!

June flowers are bustin’ out all over here in southwestern Ontario!

Shasta daisies, almost decimated two winters ago, have started to bloom. Yellow day lilies are bright spots in the perennial mix.

2014 SHASTA DAISIES!
2014 SHASTA DAISIES!
2014 DAY LILIES!
2014 DAY LILIES!

Also, the first rose of summer has made an appearance!

2014 FIRST ROSE OF SUMMER!
2014 FIRST ROSE OF SUMMER!

Each summer, the perennial garden is an ongoing delight as blooms come and go.

My favourite, though, has to be the lavender. This perennial herb is pretty to see as it waves in the breeze; also, it brings such a sweet scent to passers-by and to our house each time a window or door opens.

IMG_2506 Today is a beautiful sunny day in June, so much for which to be thankful and to appreciate in the natural beauty that surrounds us.

This week, I have had a poem published in the current issue of Halcyon. If you are looking for a summer read, just click on Halcyon.

As the week is winding down, hope all is well with everyone.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup series is progressing. Flags from many countries are waving from car windows here in our community. This event seems to draw the world closer. Who will win?

Have a great weekend, all!

FIFA World Cup 2014 logo.
FIFA World Cup 2014 logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)