|Two little orange trees hiding behind trellis on left|
Munching breakfast toast and marmalade, the tangy flavour set the wheels of my mind spinning backwards towards my beloved +
where my street was lined with little orange trees – whose fruit was as bitter
and just as tasty when boiled up with sugar. Seville
Over the years I watched these trees grow from as tall as me to the height of two men upon each other’s shoulders. They made their presence felt in a number of ways. In the seasonal sequence I remember that it went this way:
In springtime, the strong sweet fragrance of their waxy white blossoms filled the air. And for me – no allergy sufferer – it was a welcome scent as I walked to the seashore or shops. Often, I would don thick gloves and take secateurs to cut myself a bunch. And once the thorny twigs were safely in vases of water they graced my home for days.
The trees were thus decked out for weeks, then dark green globes the size of a walnut would appear – but you wouldn’t notice this unless you peered because they were camouflaged against glossy leaves. For the next couple of months, as the days got hotter and hotter, the fruit would be ripening until even the most oblivious could see the small bright oranges.
When these fruits fully ripened the trees really made their presence felt. As they released their crop the oranges piled up around them on the pavement or rolled pell-mell into gutters and over the roads. When parking the car it was impossible not to run your tyres over them and the aroma of freshly squashed oranges was mouth-watering as you alighted.
But the trees had one further trick up their green sleeves which I discovered one night… Just falling asleep I heard a loud: thump, thump, thump. The unexpected noise drew me abruptly back from the
, out of bed and
onto the balcony. As I peered around tall potted plants scouring the empty
street the thump, thump, thump came again. Aha. I saw what was happening and it
made me chuckle. The nearby big metal wheelie bin was under an orange tree and
gusts of wind were cannoning fruit onto its arched top, which magnified the
sound in the still night. I went back to bed and quickly fell asleep to the
lullaby of thud, thud, thud, thud. Land
The photo, top left, is the corner of my balcony and behind the trellis you can just about see two of said orange trees. Top right is balcony with plants. Ah, what happy memories…
I read the other day that currently marmalade is losing its popularity in
analysts at +Kantar Worldpanel maintain that the nation is favouring other
breakfast spreads such as honey, jam and peanut butter instead. Ah well, sheep dot the adjacent hills of my
home but I am not one of them, so…pass the marmalade please. Mmm, scrummy! Britain
Guest Blogger is my dear friend, Kelly who lives in
Lancashire and was kind enough to share her recipe
Leek and Potato Soup
Very straightforward way to get a fan-dabbi-dozi pot of leek and potato soup.
Place 4 pints of water and two veg stock cubes in a large pan
· slice 5 med size potatoes into chunky pieces
· slice 1 large leek into quarter inch chunks
· dice 4 carrots into smallish pieces
· cut one (or two if you prefer) med onions into quarters
Add all the prepared veg and a single teaspoon of salt if you wish at this stage
Bring to the boil and then immediately turn down to low simmer. Simmer for at least one and a half hours
Comment from Teresa
Thank you again Kelly, can’t wait to try this. It sounds simply delicious!
One Minute Meditation on Thankfulness
Take a deep breath and close your eyes for a minute and flood your mind with thankfulness. Then say, “Dear Lord I am thankful for:”…and list your personal reasons.
For myself, I am so very happy that the snow has gone! The stark contrast of sunshine on green hills causes me to say:
I am thankful for the gift of this day
I am thankful that I can wear far fewer layers of clothing
I am thankful that, if I want to, I can just jump into my car and go wherever I please
I am thankful that, though I have laid the fire in the wood burner, I don’t need to light it until this evening
I am thankful that I took delivery of more logs yesterday -which was a huge relief! 
* Guest Blogger: If you have a few words of encouragement or a veggie recipe you would like to share please contact me on: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
I welcome your comments on the above.
Coming next: Guest blog: +Pauline Lewis, ACW member, founder of +Ready Writers in
and teacher tells us about +Bible Explorer,
a course for children aged 10 & 11 which she presents at four primary
Vegan recipe: Leek, Potato & Cannellini Bean Stew.