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Re: checking in / happy fall!

Oh boy, quinces! Yum. While cleaning out a shelf in the garage yesterday, I uncovered our apple-baking dishes--those little ceramic [terra cotta, in this case] baking dishes with an impaler on which to center the cored fruit. We haven't used them in years, but the last time we did, we used them to bake quinces. A little brown sugar; a little cinnamon or clove, or both. Hmmm... wonder if there are quinces in our markets this week.

On Oct 2, 2007, at 11:09 AM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

This is not being a happy fall in these parts.  We are so terribly dry.
I don't even like to go down to my garden - everything is wilted or
drying up.  The bean vines are drying on the fence, and the beans
that they do produce are limp.  Some people are raving over the
'beautiful' weather.  We have been having temperatures in the
70 degree range in the daytime and 50s at night, with brilliant
sunshine. A long day's rain would be my idea of a beautiful day
right now.  The pond is down to a mud-hole.  After all the other
problems I have had with the garden this year, I am really getting
discouraged.  Add to that we are beginning to worry about our
water supply.  Since we are on a well, we don't dare water with
the hose, and my old back can haul only so many buckets of

On the positive side - after our crazy winter and spring, my
flowering quince produced the heaviest crop of fruit ever, and
I have made 18 glasses of beautiful jelly.  I had to go out and
buy jelly glasses, since my son had thrown out my large
collection of them when he cleaned out our basement last
spring.  He said at that time "you'll never need them."  Oh
well, I'm still here.

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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