What is a drupe?

What is a drupe?

I’m familar with this as a verb not a noun.

Droop: What happens to my plants on hot days,
or a descriptor,
How I feel after a long hot walk on a summer day, when the closest parking was 6 blocks away.


Well that’s not what we’re talking about here. A drupe is synonymous with stone fruit, like a peach or cherry, nectarine, plum and even my favorite coffee. There are many others.

A drupe  has a fleshy outside (the fruit), covering a hard shell ( pit) and then inside the pit is the kernel (seed).

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Shade Grown Coffee

What is Shade grown coffee?How do you grow coffee in the shade? Wouldn’t you want to grow it in the sun like other crops?Doesn’t seem like a way to get a very good yield if you’re a commercial grower, does it?The difference between shade coffee and coffee grown in the sun:Coffee grown was originally grown in the shade–call it the old fashioned way–yields were small, and only poorer farmers continued to do it. They relied on the natural tree canopies and other plants for natural mulch, the shade for cool, slow growth (best flavor), and the birds in the trees to keep in bugs from infecting their plants.Large coffee corporations clear cut large plantations to grow maximum number and largest of plants quickly in the sun. Commercial fertilizers force fast growth and high yield. Commercial pesticides are used to keep the insect infestation down.Here’s a link to the different pesticides used in commercial coffee farms today:http://www.coffeehabitat.com/2006/12/pesticides_used_2/The difference between the shade and sun grown couldn’t be more different. It’s almost a completely different product.Do yourself a favor buy shade grown, organic coffee. 

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Full Moon -August 13, 2011

Full Moon -August 13, 2011

All full moons are given names by different cultures. This full moon coming up tonight is called the

Full Sturgeon Moon . Large fish of the Great Lakes were caught in mass during this month.

It’s also been called the Red Moon for the reddish hue it has shining through the summer night’s haze.

Not the prettiest of names, but sometimes science isn’t pretty.

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Crickets Tell Temperature

Cricket Chirps Tell the Temperature


How to find the temperature outside.

For degrees Fahrenheit:

First start counting the chirps of the crickets for 14 seconds.

Add 40 to get temperature.

Example: 20 chirps + 40 = 60° F


For degrees Celsius:

Count number of chirps in 25 seconds, divide by 3, then add 4 to get temperature.

Example: ( 39 chirps / 3 ) + 4 = 17° C

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… Ellipsis

Ellipsis, not to be confused with ellipse…which is what I’ve always called it.

What is the use of these three little dots. I admit to using them willy-nilly, and without my thought, letting them walk through my writing like a trios of ants separated from the colony. One day I asked myself, what is the proper use of this punctuation.

The formal definition of it is, a series of marks that usually indicate an intentional omission of a word(or the longer content) in the original text.

An ellipsis can also be used to indicate a pause in speech, an unfinished thought, or, at the end of a sentence, a trailing off into silence (aposiopesis). When placed at the end of a sentence, the ellipsis can also inspire a feeling of melancholy longing. The ellipsis calls for a slight pause in speech.

The triple-dot punctuation mark is also called a suspension point, points of ellipsis, periods of ellipsis, or colloquially, dot-dot-dot. But never ellipse (as I call it).

I’d be using it right all along ;-) , I think…

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Orchard, Vineyard, Farm, Plantation

Orchard, Vineyard, Farm, Plantation

What’s the difference?

An orchard is an intentional planting of trees or shrubs that is maintained for food production. Orchards comprise fruit or nut-producing trees which are grown for commercial production.

A plantation is a large artificially established forest, farm or estate, where crops are grown for sale, often in distant markets rather than for local on-site consumption. Crops grown on plantations include fast-growing trees (often conifers), cotton, coffee, tobacco, sugar cane, sisal, some oil seeds (notably oil palms) and rubber trees.  The term “plantation” has usually not included large orchards (except for banana plantations), but does include the planting of trees for lumber. So an orchard is not a plantation, interesting.

A vineyard is a plantation of grape-bearing vines, grown mainly for winemaking, but also raisins, table grapes and non-alcoholic grape juice. The science, practice and study of vineyard production is known as viticulture.

A farm is an area of land, or, for aquaculture, lake, river or sea, including various structures, devoted primarily to the practice of producing and managing food (produce, grains, or livestock), fibres and, increasingly, fuel. It is the basic production facility in food production. Farms may be owned and operated by a single individual, family, community, corporation or a company. A farm can be a holding of any size from a fraction of a hectare to several thousand hectares.


So, technically the above picture is not a Christmas tree farm, it’s a plantation.

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July Full Moon 7-15-11

July’s Full Moon.

Each new moon has several different names according to individual cultures.

Last nights full moon is called:

The Full Buck Moon: When buck deer produce new antlers.
The Full Thunder Moon
: For the Summer Thunderstorms.
The Full Hay Moon: When farmers bay their hay for the winter.

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Stone Color Blind

Stone Color Blind

Everyone is familiar with red-green or yellow-blue color blindness. But have you ever heard of Stone Color Blindness? I think these days it must have fancy medical term  but so far I haven’t found it. But back in the day Stone Color Blind meant people could only see various shades of blue, everything else looked the same (grey) to them.

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Par, Under Par, Sub-Par?

Sub-Par? Is that even a word?

According to the urban dictionary, it means not acceptable, below an acceptable level.

But isn’t “under par” in golf  a good thing and “over par” the bad thing? So wouldn’t sub-par be good?

Ok, admittedly I’m not into sports and the most experience I’ve had with golf is getting the little ball past the windmill and into the clown’s mouth.

Supposedly, “sub par”  has nothing to do with golf and has been adopted by the financial industry as meaning ” trading below face value”.

Still sounds made up to me.

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Baking Powder Gone Bad

Does Baking Powder Go Bad?
You bet and it can ruin the best of baking intentions. I speak from experience.

It doesn’t go bad as much as flat. It just doesn’t have the ability to leaven the baked goods any longer.
So how do you know? Does it smell? is it discolored? No. You can’t tell by looking. Use this trick.

Take a little baking powder, add it to a little warm water–if it fizzes it’s still good. No fizz? Don’t waste your other ingredients, go buy some fresh baking powder and save yourself the heartache.

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