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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dreaming of the Simple Life


We met the trailer at the new house yesterday. It got there only moments after I did...which was unfortunate because I didn't have the key to get in the gate. (Jon had it) So I had to pop the kids over the fence, then climb the fence myself...run to the front door to get the spare out of the lockbox, then run back and unlock the gate...pull the car in and then act like I wasn't totally out of breath and looking like an idiot.


After it was dropped off and the dust settled, the kids started playing...as if this were somewhere we usually stopped and played. It felt great. The kids traced each other with chalk, and tried to climb the little unknown tree in the front yard. Laurel collected the fruit off of it so that we could try and figure out what it is. It's always good to have an already-established edible fruiting tree...not so good if it's poisonous. So come on tree people....can anyone identify? The closest I can get is a Lychee...but I'm wondering if we aren't too far north? And it's fruiting in October so it doesn't seem to match what I see online. Cutting it open you can see the three seeds and creamy peach/orange flesh. And I would say it smells like a cross between a pumpkin and a peach. (Or like a spicy peach) Anyone?!?!


4 comments:

Whitney said...

Congrats...it's edible!! Kousa Dogwood http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kousa_Dogwood

Whitney said...

I can't tell if my original comment posted or not but it's a Kousa Dogwood. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kousa_Dogwood

Kristine said...

I believe what you've got there is a kousa dogwood tree. What do you think (google "kousa dogwood tree fruit" and check out the images; I think it fits)? (And thank you for providing me with a reason to procrastinate on my current editing project!) Hope you guys are well! I'm loving all of your blog updates these days!

Maggie said...

Awesome job you two. How do you find these things so fast? We tried them out and we got 2.5 thumbs up (out of three) so that ain't bad. Once the bitter taste from the skin gets in your mouth though...it gets worse and worse until you wash it out. But we can see the potential of smoothies...etc. It already has an almost custard like texture. We want to try out the recipes for acorns now. The kids have been collecting them big time...and the recipes are pretty straightforward, though they take a lot of prep work to remove the bitter flavor. We'll see...

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