Possum, Turnips and Spirit of the Garden

30 May

In the garden. Before sun up. With dog companions. In an early-morning-green trance, shortlived that it was. During the night a possum found the cantaloupe in the havaheart trap. And there possum sat–in the trap–and the dogs were totally in freaked-out-by-possum mode. So. Back inside with the dogs. Brief google on possum. No reason to move him…just needed to open the door. He was hissing and baring teeth and sitting on the mechanism that kept the door open so I had to find a branch to string through the trap to keep the door ajar. And then it wouldn’t leave. Didn’t exactly belly up, just reticent to move…

And later, picking turnips for tonight’s dinner–

Turnips and greens, vidalia onion, and sweet potato–baking in the oven in one of those clay Romertopf pots–a thrift store score from years back.

And while the possum drama was unfolding, spirit of the garden emerged –so here it is, awaiting stitching.

spirit of the garden

And another. Unsual for two cloths to step forward in one day. But this one, I think an earth guardian, witnessing the stormy weather–
thunder and rain.

earth cloth

6 Responses to “Possum, Turnips and Spirit of the Garden”

  1. Mo Crow May 30, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    so possums in the US don’t eat all your Rose, Magnolia and Petunia flowers!
    just looked them up on Google and they are not as pretty as the possums here in the Land Down Under who do love eating flowers!
    love the bones of the earth guardian!


    • Patricia June 1, 2014 at 7:55 am #

      no, they’re not very pretty but it had the pinkest healthiest looking tongue and white-est teeth. seemed very healthy.


  2. karmadondruplhamo May 30, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    Earth Guardian. This is very Good…Earth Guardian.
    and well…cantaloupe. who wouldn’t come for cantaloupe offered… i would. Possums tho
    can be pretty fierce. Hope it has had enough of your yard……….
    your photo of your bounty is just so FINE…just the BEST. if i could ever grow such a
    wonderful turnip….sigh. You must feel so good with your meal tonight. Baked. yes.
    i always sprinkle those baked roots with a little Tamari…it makes the best carmalization…
    And it’s only May! so much garden yet ahead. Have the Divas been back to see
    the fruits of their labor?
    so am remembering back when you were full of questions and covering things with
    sheets and everything….said we’d look back. and here we are. and what a
    great great sight to behold…Happy for you, love


    • Patricia June 1, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      yes yes yes–the bounty was delicious and i do sprinkle w/tamari. one diva dropped out because the work aggravated a back condition–but we’re still 3 going strong and had a good work day yesterday. set out more sweet potato sets and harvested a ton of mixed lettuce , turnip/beet greens and kale. and yes, the “drama” of early spring–as emotionally disconcerting as it was–simply seems like an odd dream now.


  3. Marti May 30, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Can I come for dinner? Love the combination of garden bounty, preparing them in this way brings out all of their natural tastiness.

    The gentle colors and markings of Earth Guardian lend a sense of a guardian not needing to be fierce but powerful in its quiet, watchful presence. As I enlarged the cloth, the little square at the top looked to me like a mother bird feeding her young one and has caused me to reflect on the gifts of this post: : You have nourished our bodies with your garden repast and with this newly emerging cloth, you have nourished our sense of well being in the face of known and unforeseen elements…


    • Patricia June 1, 2014 at 8:03 am #

      i would love nothing better than to serve you garden bounty. and yes, the earth guardian is a strong, quiet being…flexible, forgiving but sometimes simply ruthless–when pushed past her balancing point.


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