Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Mary Ann, Aug 10, 2012.
and me behind the scenes while we were shooting a fetish model event
climbing last week
and the week before that
That looks like fun Mimic! I've always wanted to try climbing...but I don't think I have the upper body strength to pull it off!
It's mostly your legs. You're supposed to stand up on the footholds and limit the lifting that the arms actually do. That said, your forearms will hurt a lot the first few times. It's a ton of fun, though - I highly recommend it.
She's adorable. I miss my two grandmas. I've always had an affinity for elderly people, especially old women.
Me too, they always have interesting stories. I used to live next door to an old widow. I would go over and play Scrabble on a Saturday night. She couldn't spell too well, but she could drink me under the table.
Sometimes a sunrise is just begging to have a picture taken of it, city scenery notwithstanding:
Rhubarbodendron reminded me of a trip I made to London a few years back, and one of the peculiar things I saw through a window:
Here's a perspective shot that was fun to see in person. The blue "track lighting" ran all around the area, giving a cool mysterious glow to the night.
^Nice pics -very 'unreal'
This month I've been making three different bitters:
(Left to right)
Clusters of the flower is used.
Primary traditional uses: Reducing fever and/or enhancing appetite.
The yellow, not yet opened, flowers are used.
(The essence is darker red).
Primary traditioanl use: Mild antidepressant.
Petals are used.
Primary traditional use: Mild sedative.
Yet to come is the 'bitter' produced with the hips from Rosa rugosa -and possibly hazelnuts -and maybe walnuts -and definitely whataretheycalled? small orange berries... I'll post about that at a later date...
Thanks, trekkiedane. Curious about those bitters you're brewing. Have you been doing this for a long while? How difficult and time consuming is it to do? I imagine it's easier than brewing beer.
Intermittently since I was old enough to buy the booze needed to make them with.
It's a thing around here, and these days you can find loads of pages on-line where groups of people into this sort share their recipes. It's all in Danish I'm afraid, but take a look at this list from Noras Street Snaps Guild (that's what they call themselves ).
The degree of difficulty and the time consumed varies enormously.
It takes some time to get out into nature and find some plants that are as far away from traffic and other pollutants as you dare venture of course, and some time to pick the parts you need but it mostly takes only very few minutes of 'actual' work (I won't count taking a walk and picking some leaves, flowers, berries or roots as 'work' (and some of those you can buy at any supermarket)).
The three in the picture are very simple: put in a jar, pour a neutral vodka (or other neutral alcoholic beverage of no less than 80 proof) over and close jar, shake it a bit about once in a while for two to three days and then filter (an ordinary coffee-filter is very good for this step). -That's it!
How you drink it is, of course, also variable: some of these infusions are essences that need more vodka before they're drinkable, some are very good with some sugar or honey; that rose-one in the picture is supposedly very good when sweetened and becomes something akin to a liqueur.
The Hypericum-bitter is ready to drink after those 2-4 days, but the Yarrow-bitter should be left alone for a couple of months.
Walnut-bitter (which is a wrong word as it isn't bitter) should be left to age for years and ages as well as whiskey (and tastes soooo much better than a cheap whiskey) -look into my T-BBS photoalbum to see how to make walnut bitter!
What planet were you on when you took this?
^Yeah isn't it just?!? -looks like something right out of Cardiff - - Oh, sorry, I mean: It looks like something right out of Doctor Who
The fruits of Rosa rugosa in alcohol:
Personally I find this to be one of the best ways to counter an invasive species
Those will have to steep for 4 to 6 weeks before filtering -and might warrant some sweetening (according to taste of course).
Good against kidney- and bladder-infections and as an urinatory aid -well, according to ancient use.
I couldn't help myself, when I saw a pattern on Pneterest to knit I just had to! Now to find insignia for it!
(the orig pattern has you knit in the dleta but I couldn't get the shape right).
^^ R. rugosa rosehips are also delicious when you cut off a lid, scratch the seeds out and fill the rosehips with a mixture of buttercream and rosehip jam.
From the flowers you can make an incredibly yummy rose jelly: Infuse a few handfull of petals over night in cold water. Strain and press them out, boil the liquid with gelling sugar according to the instructions on the packacke and fill in jam jars.
Version #3 in your fight against invasive roses: rose syrup.
Simmer 1 kg sugar with 1 l water until about 1/3 of the liquid has evaporated. Leave the syrup to cool. Add a few handfull of rose petals and leave to infuse overnight or up to 24 hours. Strain and press out thoroughly, bring to a boil again and fill in bottles or jam jars.
It's very good as a longdrink or with pudding or ice cream.
Works with any kind of strong scented roses such as rugosa, muscosa, centifoloa, damascena, alba and a few old sorts (Henry Martin for example)
Theoretically, syrup and jelly keep well over a year. Practically, they are so good that they hardly keep till Christmas...
^Indeed, any rose could actually be used (as long as they haven't been chemically treated against pests - which most cut flowers, bought as such, have been).
A long-drink (soda, crushed ice and a shot of the infusion) is a fantastic thing on a hot summers day!
And, as you say, jellies and marmalades from those hips are also very nice. Plus: if you pick the hips before they're fully ripe they also contain large amounts of -whatsitcalled?- the stuff that stiffens the jelly/marmalade and thus only needs a bit of sugar. -but you'll need to remove the seeds for all that!
And wine made from those is also something that's good (but that'll need to rest for a few years before consuming)
Thanks a lot, John and trekkiedane. Yeah, it does look rather "other worldly". Believe it or not, this is the City Hall building in London England, designed by architect Norman Foster, and the blue lit banister can be seen to the left/west of it (google satellite view). A little bit of trivia--this isn't the London City Hall administratively speaking (that's located in the Guildhall). The name has caused so much confusion, that for the London 2012 Olympic games, the mayor proclaimed it would be temporarily called "London House." How crazy is that? They never should have allowed it to be named "City Hall"... although I suspect it may have been intentional by the building owner, because the confusion would just give the building more recognition.
And for even more trivia, which I find a bit hilarious:
Trekkiedane, thanks for the description about making bitters. Sounds really interesting--I'll have to give it a try at some point!
Here's a tiny selection of my mom's rosepetal-jelly ingredients:
and here our natural pest control They live in a hollow branch of one of our centennarian apple trees
Pectin! -right! Thanks!
Wonderful place your mum has there -my parents have a yard almost like that -but not with that opulent a display of roses
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