Wordless Wednesday – Witnessing Wild Weather…

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Tuesday Treat – Blackberry Wine!

And so it happened! On Sunday we sampled the juice(s) of our labour. Yep, we went off to the woodland area where we harvested the fruit to make our first ever blackberry wine – from scratch! I recorded the whole palava… for posterity! Also, I took photos – or so I thought! Seems I only took one photo… the one below…

To my dismay, yep… empty glasses… that what I took a photo of – no sign of any juice of our labour here – unless you can see that there actually is something in the bottle! However – I did manage to get the pouring and the wine in the video. And there I had to do a second take too – just call me the boo-boo brewer!! Right so… without any further ado… grab yourself something to sup on, sit back, relax and watch!

PS – The October issue of the SAFFER Worldwide magazine will hit the virtual shelves later today… be sure to know I’ll share the link as soon as that happens. In the meantime… visit the website to have a look-see at all the past issues… free and verniet!

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Autumn Air…

Yes… seems the inevitable march of time is whisking us rapidly toward winter. The leaves are turning – there’s definitely a chill to be felt in the air… especially if the breeze swings in from the north…

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Silent Sunday – Peace

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Six on Saturday – There’s Success in Being a Straggler…

It’s that time of the year again (here in the northern hemisphere…) when the winter chill is drawing in… the sunlight hours are decreasing rapidly and the last of the summer (what, we had summer?) plants are clinging on to their final chlorophyll gathering moments. Yes, there is success in being a straggler… especially if you occupy a suntrap corner in the back garden… quite protected from the chilly northerly breezes.

I’ve told the story about the Boy and his Pumpkin in a previous post – so, I can’t retell that story… but, I can show you the latest handful of squash we consumed just the other evening. I’m of the opinion that we will get at least one more feed from this plant. If the autumn sunshine allows, it may even be two feeds. Now… I know that’s optimistic… but who knows, maybe we’ll be in luck!

Yes, I know… the seed packet says courgette… but we South Africans call these “gem squashes”… or simply gems. And… if you’re wondering – cut them in half – remove the pips and pith – lightly salt and pepper, add bits of chopped garlic, a bacon lardon or ten and grate cheese into the cup (NOTE: The good lady chef has just informed me – only add the cheese after getting the gems out of the oven!!)… oh, not forgetting a large dollop of real butter – bake in the oven till soft… yummy pumpkin this!! If you harvest the gems at the right time you can even eat the skins… so, don’t forget to wipe the mud off of them before you stick them in the oven!

Right… nuff about pumpkins (until next week’s holloween special…). Actually, the other stragglers are still doing fine… look-see, lettuce we’ll have until at least the first frosts cause wilt…

And… we’ll have a few more mouthful’s of carrots… (I think…)

Yep… there’s another story here… about that bent root… an experiment went haywire. Or, should that be carrot-wire? But hey, I’m only allowed six pics… so that will have to be a tale for another day!

Right so… onto the next hang-er-on-er… my first ever cauliflower.

Yes, I know… there won’t be enough there to feed many – but hey, how many firsts did you manage this summer?

There you have it then… some of our darlings that are still producing. But wait, I hear you say… that’s only five! And you would be right… I’ve left a bit of colour for last. You see, I placed a photo of a red dahlia in my comment last week… and lo-and-behold, just for this week’s post, the plant throws me a straggler to snap – for posterity! I’ve long learned that when Lady Serendipity throws you a bone, you grab-a-hold of it!

Hope you enjoyed my contribution to the Six on Saturday fun this week…

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Friday Family Fun…

Down on the beach – with dogs and all… having fun!

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Thursday Thought – What IF… Socrates Was RIGHT??

Right so… I won’t bother to place the disclaimer this week. If you should need to familiarise yourself with it, please scroll down to last Thursday’s post…

OK – let me get onto my line of thinking for this week’s post. I watched a video on Socrates. Now, years ago I would not have bothered – simply because I believe each and every person who is supposed to be classified as a philosopher is only one tiny cog in the universe of ideas. So – if you want to follow the ideas of one philosopher you may well be lead wildly astray. However – over time and mainly because of Rainee’s posts on philosophy, I began looking at the said wisdom of these folk in a slightly different light.

What changed my mind? The simple concept that wisdom comes in many forms. Thus, I began looking at so-called philosophers and scholars who shared their ideas. Likewise, many folk throughout history had also shared their ideas… and they weren’t classed as philosophers.

So… if I could appreciate the quotes of others, like Churchill, Langenhoven, Hemingway, King David or St Paul, then surely I could take on board sensible tips of wisdom as shared by the Ancients? There I was… watching a video titled

Socrates: Question EVERYTHING

What? Question everything? YES! Apparently he espoused and founded the Socratic Method. So, for your homework this week, I’ll leave you with the Wiki-P link. This idea/ concept/ method/ philosophy makes sense. YES – don’t believe all the bull you’ve been fed by the mass media and political talking heads – QUESTION EVERYTHING!

Find logical, simple, truthful answers for yourself – don’t believe the lies dressed up as truth. QUESTION EVERYTHING!

Next, I went off to Goodreads – a site I frequent when I want to find quotes by people I’m interested in. Seems our friend Socrates was quite a wise and witty lad, so – I’ll leave you with a few quote attributed to him…

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
― Socrates

“Envy is the ulcer of the soul.”
― Socrates

“Let him who would move the world first move himself.”
― Socrates

“Children nowadays are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannise their teachers.”
― Socrates

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
― Socrates

Many of his sayings deal with the betterment of the individual. That, I’m afraid, is what is so wrong with modern thinking – the SJW’s all want to fix each and every so-called wrong in this world – yet, they do not first try to fix their own self made messes. Almost without fail mankind is trying to appropriate blame for the past, instead of learning the lessons and by self enrichment, moving forward in society in a positive way! See what the man says about wisdom…

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
― Socrates

and… a simple prayer for life…

“I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within. ”
― Socrates

How about we look at a few about relationships… the man’s wit knew no boundaries…

“Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.”
― Socrates

“By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”
― Socrates

“Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.”
― Socrates

OK… I’d better stop. Before I do so, it was fun wading through the thoughts of Socrates. I find so many ideas that are mirrored in biblical texts. Yes, turn the other cheek – begin by finding the beam in your own eye before pointing out the splinter in someone else’s… and so forth. OK.. a few more… I mean, as the man says himself…

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”
― Socrates

“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.”
― Socrates

“It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one.”
― Socrates

Truth… to be found by questioning oneself – and others. Truth – it can only be found in the light of wisdom, not in the dark of corruption and lies. Truth – it is eternal – if you search you will find – if you want to burn every idea then you will torch your own soul… you will seer you own conscience – that is for sure!

“I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.”
― Socrates

I’ll leave you with the Biographics video… enjoy!

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Wordless Wednesday – Country Highway…

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