Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A few more days

 A few more days and the big move is happening. We have been going to the new house getting it prepared. You know, the hanging of the curtain rods and curtains, shower curtains, scrubbing all surfaces, weatherizing windows, etc..  There is a Quince tree next to the garage. I don't even know if I spelled it right or exactly what type of fruit it bears. If you look in the center of the pic you can see a yellow looking ballish shape. That's the fruit.
 Before moving in, a wood stove has to be placed in the fireplace. There is an oil furnace, but at three dollars a gallon, well, using that is not an option. So..... our heat source will come from a good old fashioned wood stove! That alone should be interesting since I have become accustomed to pushing a button for heat or air.
 Behind the house there is this huge tree that produces the most beautiful little red berries. Haven't a clue what the tree is but in time I will figure it out.
On the way home form the new house yesterday I saw a huge rainbow going over one other Table Rocks. Since the new house is on the other side of the valley I won't get to see the Table Rocks unless I drive to this side of the valley.

Now, I am going to try to play catch up with what is going on with all of you!!!

Until next time............................


  1. Quince trees produce Quince!!
    hey are used to make jam, jelly and quince pudding, or they may be peeled, then roasted, baked or stewed. The flesh of the fruit turns red after a long cooking time. The very strong perfume means they can be added in small quantities to apple pies and jam to enhance the flavour. Adding a diced quince to apple sauce will enhance the taste of the applesauce with the chunks of relatively firm, tart quince.

  2. It's coming along nicely.
    The fireplace is just beautiful, you'll enjoy that this winter.
    A rainbow ! Good luck is following you around my friend :)

  3. It's closing in fast now, isn't it? Never tasted a quince. Pretty fireplace, made for wood, right? Had the sweep in to clean it yet? (Or gonna run pipe all the way up?) Those are pretty berries, not a clue what they are. That almost looks like a double rainbow in the making!

    Happy moving, I don't envy you the work, but I am glad you have a place for all the animals!

  4. I'm so glad to hear that you and your critters and hubby will soon be settled. It must have taken a lot out of you this past year. Hope you get a chance to take it easy soon -- like after you take care of everyone. Did you see my blog about my visit to PVDR? I posted it last Friday, I think - a visit from my girlfriend prompted it.--Inger

  5. Rainbows are GOOD LUCK! and Quinze are delightful, just smell that fragrance...mmm!

  6. You certainly have been busy. It's nice that you will be settled soon--I'm sure that will really be a relief.

  7. Looks like everything is falling into place nicely. Even though it's a little work, you will love having a wood-burning stove to heat your house. You will probably have to make a path through cats and dogs to put another log on the fire! Good luck with the move!

  8. Quince is something like apple but more bitter. It can be used to make a jam/preserve and I'm sure a lot more. Harvest them when they turn a yellowish colour. They are harder than apples but taste good with of added sugar to the recipe.
    You probably can't wait to move!!! Good luck.

  9. How Exciting!!!!
    And what a wonderful view...even if you have to drive to see it:)))
    Happy moving!

  10. You can pick the quince off and store it for a bit till you have time to preserve it. You must try it, love the way it changescolour when cooked.Makes nice jam/jelly Could you take a pic of the berries close up and the leaves, maybe some one can help ID it

  11. We have oil heat, and a woodstove downstairs to help suppliment. We still keep the furnace turned on low, but most of our heat comes from the woostove. I am constantly putting wood in the stove - it can be a pain! In the mornings it's chilly as the wood has burnt out. It's a chore, that's for sure! But it's a free heat source, as long as you have wood (which we have a never-ending supply of). then of course, there's the chore of cutting and stacking the firewood...

  12. We had a quince tree at the house where I grew up. It was a very old tree, and it put out so much fruit that first year Dad insisted it must be dying (he said trees do that as a "swan song" to pass on their line). For years Mom made jams and jellies from the fruit--I loved that beautiful amber-colored jelly.

    When my parents moved out 20 years later, the tree was still going strong. And when I visited 3 or 4 years ago, the tree was still alive, almost 30 years after Dad's pronouncement!

    Anyway, enjoy that tree. You'll notice the fruit has fur, kind of like a peach. I think it started rubbing off easily when it was ripe.

  13. oh, i can just SEE and FEEL the woodburner now! how great! fun seeing things unfold for you guys. full steam ahead!!

  14. Wow...what a pretty room and fireplace. The paneling looks good in there, I think. I burn with wood (only heat source). I have a Vermont Castings wood stove with the glass front. It is allot of work, but the heat is like non other! The cats of course love it. The dogs get a bit overheated at times! Once this time of year rolls around every walk I go on, I take a bucket or bag and pick up small sticks for kindling. The kindling makes allot of difference in starting the fire! I also usually spend about $15.00 and get a box of those fire starter blocks and believe me they have made all the difference in getting a good fire started fast! But it's still lots cheaper than any other heating sources around here.
    Can't wait to see you all moved in!

  15. I think I know what the berries are Google Quandong tree it has red berries found in America makes jam with the fruit. I found a piece on someones blog will try find it again. Good luck with the move BTW I thought I had a lot of cats but ya beat me (6) for sure

  16. I found a blog thats has two great quince repice for you Can't wait to see your preserves.


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