Saturday, September 09, 2006

On the Street Where I Live

I decided that I would show you what it is like on my hillside. Here is my external staircase -- the one Br'er Bear still sometimes uses to get to Cope Park. As you can see, Mother Nature provides my garden. I think the picture was taken in early June, when all of the sweet rocket was in bloom.

I also get Queen Anne's lace, goat's beard, dandelions (and since my garden is wilderness I can just enjoy it and not have to worry about my lawn), thimble berries, and wild buttercup. One year we had a guerilla gardener and I had a yellow tulip.

The picture on the right was taken a few winters ago, as you can tell (the winter part) from the bare trees. Actually, these pictures were taken about half a block apart. This is one of my favorite rain outfits -- the bright colors cheer me up and the hat makes me feel like a fisher person, of which we have many around here, both sport and commercial. As a matter of fact, my daughter-in-law has just been out fishing this week and so I came home Thursday to find both salmon and halibut in my refrigerator. I have frozen about half of it and will still eat fish almost daily this coming week. Tonight I finished off some king crab a friend gave me. I miss the California produce, but the Alaskan fish is wonderful. My mother used to feed me salmon every time I visited her in California. Can you believe? Paying gawd-awful prices for something I get free and much fresher! I told her if she ever came to Juneau I would buy her a peach. Since she has heard me say that you could stone martyrs with the peaches you get in Alaska, she decided I meant it when I said that I would prefer her tuna and noodle casserole and some fresh produce.

8 comments:

J said...

Yeah, the salmon in Alaska is far better than here, esp. if you catch it yourself, or have someone who did bring it to you. Yummy.

Ginnie said...

You're right about the Alaskan salmon. I visited my niece and nephew (who live in Anchorage) a few weeks back & I shipped a bunch home. For over 20 years they have taken 2 weeks every Summer and fished for salmon. They have to have a special license to do that and it's been a big part of their yearly income.
You live in a magical place but it is too rugged for me. I love the way you "tell it like it is" Love the raingear, too!

Ally Bean said...

The only fresh fish around here is walleye from the Great Lakes. And that's not all that fresh really.

For me fish is something that needs to be thawed first.

Joy Des Jardins said...

I'm guessing your salmon is pretty outstanding J. That's one of my favorite things of all time.

Love the rain outfit...cool color. You're looking pretty schnazzy, I must say.

chancy said...

Great rain outfit!!!

MommaK said...

Oh, I miss CA produce!! We get yummy blue crabs here in VA. Mmmmmm...tuna casserole :) I love it but no one else in the house does - so I rarely make it.

Maya's Granny said...

I really love the rain outfit, myself. Nothing like a bright color or two on a drab day.

I've never tried blue crabs, but I've also never tried a crab I didn't love.

donna said...

I'll be in Vancouver later this week and can't wait for the fresh salmon! Wild-caught Alskan salmon down here in SoCal is outrageously expensive, indeed.

Although the very best salmon I ever had was in Dingle, Ireland, fresh Atlantic salmon off the boat. All the restaurants there were amazing. Even the fish and chips place across from the dock was awesome, with a foot-long hunk of salmon and chips for about $4 American. Yum....