Strange Fruit?

I did listen to Billie Holliday singing the song “Strange Fruit” multiple times last week, since it was one of the topics that came up for the commemoration of slaves being brought to this continent in 1619. That song always makes me shiver. Then I’m sad. Then I’m angry. I hope humans learn from our mistakes and treat each other better. Someday.

In more mundane stuff…

Today I was looking around wondering what I’d eat during this time of year and right before my eyes appeared two more benign strange fruit: a passion fruit and a prickly pear.

Passion fruit and prickly pear amid shiny lights

Those would be sweet and delicious any time, but especially now, when it’s so parched.

I’d noticed that everything is conserving energy Right now, too. There are flowers, but they are all very tiny. And they are on plants with few leaves, too. Here’s one, an aster:

Lonely little aster

The heat has really been getting to all of us, and the few showers this weekend missed the ranch. It’s very crunchy.

My pool sprang a leak, so here I am in the water dish. It’s hot.

Because of that, we’re cooking inside more. Kathleen has been here, and she cooked twice this weekend. What a treat it was for us and our Sunday night dinner companions to have King Ranch chicken and hummingbird cake, both from scratch tonight. (No birds were killed to make the cake.)

Chicken dish, with open passion fruit in front. So seedy but tasty.

She’s been working so hard on starting our new business. It’s good to see her doing something she enjoys.

That’s homemade cream cheese frosting!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a chicken report! They’re hot, too.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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