Archive | April 2009

Unfinished Knitting

found project

In my mother’s closet I found a knitting project, a strip of garter stitch we decided was probably intended to be a scarf.  I stuck that in the suitcase along with other left-over yarn.  Seeing that knitting on the needles, I just had to pick it up and do a few rows.  I knew it would show, as no two people knit the same.  I don’t wear scarves so I had to think of something else to do with it and here you see my project, made up as I went along.  The big question: will I have enough blue to get around the neck edge?

end project

I didn’t want an end piece in the middle of the dividing point so I picked up at the body edge.  In order to keep the pattern, I have to do all purl rows on the second side instead of all knit as one usually does for garter stitch.  It is not recommended to burn a candle at both ends, but knitting from both ends of a skein avoids cutting it until I see how far I get.

Picture Perfect : Horizon

Taken today in nearby countryside


In the book “Lost Horizon” there is a utopian mountain community called Shangri La, difficult to attain or sustain.  However, just over the horizon in today’s world, a new world awaits, if we will make the effort to create it.  The fields of our hearts and minds must be worked over.  We must embark on a kind of exodus, walking on an upward path, not too strenuously, but with perseverance.

This is the hope our Creator has for this world, expressed in His Message given in Arès, France, in 1974 and 1977.

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Allium ursinum

allium ursinum

Twice within a week’s time, I saw references to using this plant which I hadn’t realized is edible.  So I went down the hill to where I know there is a stand of it and cut a nice bouquet.  It is a spring tonic type plant, to be used like chives or parsley, chopped raw, not cooked.  I used three leaves for the two of us yesterday (in a grated carrot salad) and today (sprinkled over zucchini).  We did not find it unpleasant and it has a mild garlic flavour.   Shortly we should be entirely rejuvenated.

The first reference to it was in a magazine I picked up at the organic store.  The second reference was in Maria Trében’s book “La Santé à la Pharmacie du Bon Dieu”, in English, “Health Through God’s Pharmacy”. I don’t know why, in French, especially when referring to plants, they add the word good to God.  I have seen this book recommended many times and a friend of mine found herself with two copies so she gave me one.  I have several books about herbs and subscribed to the magazine “The Herb Companion” for quite a few years and this is the first time I remember seeing this plant as edible.  I have seen it in guides which point out its resemblance to lily of the valley.  The leaves are similar but the allium ursinum, called l’ail des ours in French which means bears’ garlic, smells of garlic.  The flowers are recognizably different, the allium ones being more star-like and the lily of the valley ones being more bell-like.

lily of the valley
You may be able to notice how far along the lilies of the valley are; the flower stalks are out with the flower heads already formed.  (There are quite a few weeds accompanying my lilies…)

The noun ALLIUM URSINUM has 1 sense:

1. pungent Old World weedy plant

  Familiarity information: ALLIUM URSINUM used as a noun is very rare.



Herba Alii ursini

Dutch – Daslook, Beerlook, Berelook, Borslook, Hondsknoflook, Wilde Knoflook, Woutknooploock

English – Ramson, Wild garlic

Farsi – سیرخرس Sirkhers

Finnish – Karhunlaukka

French – Ail sauvage, Ail des ours

Gaelic – Creamh, Garleag

German – Bärlauch, Wilder Knoblauch, Waldknoblauch, Ramsen

Turkish – yabanî sarımsak



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Picture Perfect : Up Close & Personal

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Another Death in the Family

My father-in-law died last night.

He was a character.

His heart is made of gold.

He will be sorely missed.

My mother-in-law said “Il est mort debout.”  (He died standing.)

Picture Perfect : Makeshift

When I took this photo, I thought I would call it “Yankee Ingenuity” or as we would say in French “Système D”.  This was in February while visiting my sister and brother-in-law.  They have moved to a rental property to make life easier.  Since this photo was taken, a repairman has been and now they have to go down to the basement (this requires being a contortionist due to the way the stairs were built) to turn off the hot water tank to stop the leak.  One can only bear with patience and fortitude.

Thinking on a larger scale, one could say it is a makeshift world.  This is not what the Creator intended.  We make do with the way things are, the way we have made them to be, until we decide to change.  Has humanity ever tried being good?

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