Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Giving As Good As You Get

Bosoms' new fruit trees!
I took the dogs out for a walk yesterday and when I returned there was a gift waiting for me by the back door.
Two fruit trees and a fruit bush had been left all neatly packaged up alongside a bottle of mite powder and a container of some apple cider vinegar ...a present from two friends from Prestatyn .
Today a large pile of spare egg boxes had been delivered alongside several loaves of stale bread for the animals from someone unknown and back on Sunday afternoon another bag of warm home made scones had been dropped off by a windswept Auntie Glad.
In my mind acts of kindness always need to be repaid.
Being on a limited budget, necessitates some lateral thinking when it comes to gift giving.....having a boost of thirty or so refugee hens has increased my egg production drastically, and so a thank you of a dozen eggs can oil the cogs of good relationships in and outside the village.


Yesterday I went all Mary Berry and made a pumpkin pie, the remainder of which I will share out between the fruit tree givers and Auntie Glad. I have boxed up some eggs too.and will drop everything off today......mind you the lurid looking pie may not be that gratefully received ...it does look like shit on a plate.....


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  2. The gift of fruit trees is wonderful and wishing you future harvests ... which you can share out !
    I loved giving eggs to friends & they loved receiving them - simple pleasures are the best !

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  3. I have always wanted to try a pumpkin pie - now I'm not so sure ;-)

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  4. That pie does not look like shit on a plate. It looks delicious to me.

    By the way, I'm so glad your egg production is up. I had been worried about you.

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  5. I love arks'! I love bartering too!
    But, mostly I just love giving xxx

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  6. It's all a bit of warm fuzzy feelings in that village! It's not the looks but how did it taste....nothing better that Pumpkin pie! How about Welsh cakes? Anyone close that could drop those off?

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  7. A dozen eggs would be graciously accepted in anyone's language ~ what do they say ~ an egg is a meal? Although you have already confessed that two (Scotch variety) are a snack :)

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  8. Giving and receiving, bartering and swapping all good in my book and it binds us closer to the folk that we care for and that care for us.

    Love the lurid Pumpkin Pie.

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  9. R's English born father would not eat pumpkin. Pigs food, he said. I like it roasted and boiled but in a pie?

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    1. My German born father was the same - so I didn't eat pumpkin until I left home. And have made up for lost time. I haven't tried pumpkin pie yet though... roasted, boiled, mashed, curried.

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  10. That pumpkin pie looks rather amazing. I could use a slice. Or two. Or three.

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  11. Lovely pie. Not a soggy bottom in sight

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  12. its a decapitated penis and 1 shall enjoy every morsel of it.

    ha.

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  13. i think the pie looks great...or as good as a pumpkin pie can look!

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  14. Thank you. You've reminded me to make pumpkin pie for tomorrow.

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  15. Village life is lovely....visiting and sharing and thinking of each other.

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  16. John you are in trouble if your sh*t is that colour!

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  17. I like pumpkin pie. That looks good! What are you talking about?

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  18. I would eat it, yes I would! But instead of handing out eggs, why not work on the ultimate quiche recipe and bring those around? By next spring, not only will your skills be honed to perfection, but all the villagers will have accepted you are the Quiche Queen, and the coronation will be just a formality.

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    1. Alison
      Remember my quiche has NEVER BEEN PLACED in the flower show......never a prize EVER,!

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  19. John, I do hope you haven't planted your trees too close to each other. They need A LOT of space.

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    1. Probably have cro..... Thanks for the pointer

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  20. John,
    You give the best gift of all. You take in all of those unwanted critters and give them a wonderful, loving home. I think the givers don't give to get, they give because they know your heart.

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Exactly! I know what you mean bout feeling you hav to do something straight away, I get that too, but people point out to me, as I point out to you, that their giving is a paying it forward/thank you for past generosities long forgotten. You always pay it forward. And Pumpkin pie always looks like that, so don't worry! :)

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    2. Thanks mrs c
      I have gone all American after watching too much walking dead

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  21. John you simply are the gift

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  22. I could use ALL your surplus eggs meself. Just LUV 'em!

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  23. Greetings human,

    A sharing and a caring. Lovely to read and during these austere times, or any time, it's good to see humanity at its finest.

    That pumpkin pie looks rather like the treat I left on my human's plate.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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  24. Hi John
    the pumpkin pie is delicious - thank you - and the eggs, well what can we say??? Always welcome - glad you're trees are in and happy. You are a wonderful person John! :-)

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    1. You and mal were the ones that gave me the trees
      So you both are the sweeties x

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  25. Oh come now, John, the pumpkin pie looks very tasty to me. I'm sure it would be even tastier with a generous slab of ice cream.

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  26. You've made folks taking care of each other a full time job. Lovely fruit trees! You will love them a long time.

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  27. I love the way good stuff eg food and flowers and pets, come in and out of your life......and I love pumpkin pie.....was it all homemade or is the pumpkin from a tin? and thanks for the kind comment over at mine x

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  28. Love the community you live in - and foster.

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  29. Your pumpkin pie looks good and will be as much appreciated as all the nice things that have been flying your way. Just another little thought on the fruit trees - if there are rabbits in the vicinity of bosoms, it might be an idea to protect the trunk of the trees with a plastic cover or such-like to stop the little divils nibbling at the bark and killing them

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    1. Bosons is behind rabbit proof fences x

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  30. Your pie looks....er....homely John. Delicious I'm sure.

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  31. the pie looks dee-lish; wish I could sample a piece (or 2).

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  32. Pumpkin pie always looks like that, and was the reason why i always politely declined a piece. I couldn't get past the look and imagined texture.

    And then i was in a situation where i had to eat what was placed before me. A slice of pumpkin pie. It wasn't bad, and while the texture wasn't to my liking, it was not as bad as i had thought it would be. I love squash, but never warmed to pumpkin and after that first slice, i could see there were more similarites than differences.

    What ultimately won me over was to have pumpkin squares when i worked on the boat. There was a crust underneath with walnuts, flour, and brown sugar mixed together and sprinkled over the top, like a crumb cake sort of topping. Yummo.

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  33. I will never make it again Megan
    I still say it looks like a bowl of shite

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  34. Oh, but home-made pie crust..you can't beat that. Deb

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  35. Haha. Aw. Your pie looks great to me, John. ♥

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  36. Yes Please...
    I was going to say your pie looks rather homey (just like Em) and that the way I like them.
    And I can't tell if the trees are to close maybe a few feet to the side ?

    Several people had pies on their blogs today ... I must make one soon.
    Today I am baking Chicken jerky and Yam jerky for The Square Ones.

    cheers, parsnip


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  37. Your pumpkin pie looks rustic John. Good on making your own pastry. As a South African, I have never made or tasted pumpkin pie although the veg grows abundantly all over the continent. Great giving community you have. Greetings Jo

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