Well folks Easter is only 40 days away and I have just started my last box of stored apples. They were picked last End August/sept just before they were ripe and boxed in shredded paper layers in a cardboard box. I always try to keep an apple to eat on Easter Morning coming home from the Sunrise Service. Don't ask me why it just seems a great thing to do, perhaps there is some old pagan tradition hidden in this old sussexman's genes.
Have any of you got traditions you always do but don't know why?
Yesterday wasn't too bad.
Today's been good.
But tomorrow is always the best.
Maybe you do have some pagan genes!
Science found a direct descendant of Cheddar Man:
In an astonishing piece of detective work, they matched mitochondrial DNA material extracted from the tooth cavity of Britain's oldest complete skeleton with that of a 42-year-old history teacher, Adrian Targett. The genetic material showed without doubt that Targett is a direct descendant through his mother's line of the skeleton known as Cheddar Man, which was found in 1903 in caves in Cheddar Gorge in southwest England.
"It is extraordinary that the DNA survives at all, but we were able to extract it and sequence it," said Bryan Sykes of Oxford University's Institute of Molecular Medicine. "They would have shared a common ancestor about 10,000 years ago, so they are related."
Targett lives about a kilometer from the caves where Cheddar Man was found. Previous tests have shown that Cheddar Man suffered a violent death at the age of about 23 in 7150 B.C.
Perhaps you show your hope for a good growing season by happily consuming that apple which lasted so well since Harvest!
Many people don't even question eggs and bunnies or even the name "Easter" on the holiday, so I suggest a great book called "Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things".
I'm just glad that chocolate is a tradition on Easter! :D
What I do is in late August early September pick good sound apples then get an A4 paper box put a bottom layer of shredded paper, layer of apples so they aren't touching (about 12 to a layer) then another layer of paper and so on till the last layer of paper fills the box. Then tape the lid down and start another box. I keep my boxes in my garage, it is frost free but is not heated except it is attached to the house so might get a bit of warmth from that. anyways I stack the boxes in a pile and they normally keep for 5-6 moths. After 4-5 months the skins get a bit tough so I peel them(false teeth) but the flesh is pure heaven as the sugar content rises the longer they are kept.
I was going to try this method with carrots but ended up supplying my daughter's family as well as ourselves so they only kept till Christmas. Maybe next year.
It is definitely worth trying.It's been working for me for the last 5 winters and a lot easier than wrapping each apple individually in newspaper. And yes I have tried that, gave up after the 4th box.
dreams are for winter
Thanks for the lesson. I may just try that this year
I wish I still had my 30 Lb. Blue Hubbard Squash to hide at the park bright and early Easter mourning!,,,and then place a sign near where the hunt begins saying Easter Elephant at large!
Been talking to trolley man at local market and he tells me his church (Baptist) hold their Sun Rise Service at the edge of a resevoir. And the sunrise is something to behold. I hope to attend, means getting up at about 4am for me to get there in time. ( I'm a slow starter in the morning)But mustn't forget me apple.
Spring is getting closer by the minute
This Easter is a big one for my family. It also marks my mothers 60th birthday and my parents 40th anniversary.My sister and I are planning a big celebration for them and an Easter egg hunt for the kids. we say about the hunt every year but never get to it. But this year we are determined more than ever.