Friday, 23 August 2013

Five minute Fridays: Last

Linking up with Lisa Jo Baker for another Five Minute Friday: many writers taking five minutes to write on a single prompt - no editing, no overthinking, just write, publish, and go lavish some praise on whoever linked up before you. It's a lovely way to end the week, to push yourself to write without waiting on perfection, and to read works of other writers you might not have stumbled upon any other way. Care to join in? This week's prompt is "last". Timers ready...go.

It was quite the haul at the farmer's market: peaches and concords trucked over the Rockies, green beans and bacon from a farm just north-east of the city, darling little pattipan squashes, white carrots, kale, and celery so fragrant it could act as spice. This is what I'd been waiting for: one stop glory of the harvest, grown by the hands that sold it. Late August won't last forever; school, fall leaves, and first frost will be upon us soon enough. So I'm blanching those beans, inhaling those peaches, dreaming of the borscht we'll make once fatter beets join the bounty at the stalls while I chop and freeze yet another couple stalks of dill to add to the greens in the freezer. Between the science of preservation and the memories created of savouring sweet the seasonal, there is a way to make it last.

And stop.

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  1. I loved this! Grew up on a farm and could totally picture the veggies from our garden and all the time we spent preserving them so we could enjoy them all winter.

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    1. Thanks :) My Dad grew up on a farm too - his brother took over from my Grandpa so I grew up visiting it. I remember trekking out to my aunt's garden patch - such a marvel compared to our own little city plot my parents' had eked out of our small backyard. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. what a neat post - making those last bits of summer last and using them to nourish your family. we like borscht, too!!!

    visiting from 5mf!

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    1. Thank you! Borscht is amazing stuff, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day! I am an East coast girl but I've spent some time in the Rockies. Gorgeous place. Loved your post.

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    1. We're still a good 4 hours from the Rockies themselves, but, I agree they do make for a gorgeous destination. It's hard to imagine that beyond the prairie horizon there are mountains with orchards behind them where cherries will be ripening a full two months after our prairies are covered in snow. But that's Canada for you ;) Glad you like the post. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. So beautiful!! I can almost smell the scents you're describing. Sigh. :-) Such happy memories of a Canadian summer. :-)

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