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Now that I’m getting more comfortable with InDesign I’m liking it much, much more than doing the same thing in Word.  At the very least, if you put something somewhere:  text box, picture, etc — it stays where you put it even if you change other things.  That was one of the biggest things driving me crazy in Word — I’d lay out my text, a photo, a text box, generally using text wrap tight, and then if I moved one thing, everything seemed to shift around (not in ways I wanted).

The bad thing is I now need to get acquainted with Photoshop and Illustrator.  I was getting a bit burnt out by the end of last week with all the videos (no matter how good they are).

Garden notes:  the original poppies in our yard have basically all gone to seed, keeping the mourning doves very happy.  However, with the little bit of rain we got recently, we do have new poppies coming up.  I know they can be perennials (but not, I don’t think, without extra water, which they won’t get) so it’ll be interesting to see how long they last.

The fava beans are done.  The monster kale plant on the side yard (kind of forgot about it) is absolutely crawling with little green bugs — it’s like a horror movie.  I was hoping to harvest the kale florets & cook those (I either read on someone’s blog or heard somewhere you can cook them like rapini), but I’m both literally and figuratively creeped out.

The plum trees have little fruits on them, as does the peach tree.  The big fig tree has figs (unfortunately our neighborhood crows usually get those before we do).  I love dried figs but am somewhat at a loss for what to do with fresh figs.  Suggestions?

5 comments… add one
  • Christina May 10, 2010, 9:39 am

    Do you know about the Cambria Garden Tour this coming Sun (5/16)? I know you get up this way sometimes. It’s a great tour — lovely gardens, with live music and delicious food prepared by local restaurants at each garden. My friend and I go every year — wouldn’t miss it!

  • StephCat May 10, 2010, 10:12 am

    Ooh, that sounds nice.

    We’re actually coming up Memorial Day Weekend (99% sure) — we’re going to be camping at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles (the farm looks wonderful, hope to learn a lot).

  • Christina May 10, 2010, 4:23 pm

    I’ve heard good things about Windrose. I look forward to reading about your stay there.

    Also re: figs. Check out Georgeanne Brennan’s website and books as I’m sure she would have wonderful suggestions. I have In the French Kitchen Garden: The Joys of Cultivating a Potager and it’s a gem. No fig suggestions, though. Very small book, but helpful potager designs, lovely watercolors, recipes, anecdotes about her life in France and CA. She also teaches cooking classes at her farm in Yolo Co. (there’s a short article about her in the current Sunset Mag).

  • Maureen May 18, 2010, 10:35 am

    Do you guys grow artichokes? I do and mine always have those pinchy bugs hiding in them (earwigs?). I blast them hard with the hose when I first pick them, then rinse them in hot water (with the sprayer on) in the sink while trying to spread the leaves apart. STILL, I find that one crawls out when I go to steam them. It’s gotten so that I don’t share the artichokes with anyone because I’m afraid they’ll find a bug and get grossed out! Just to commisserate with your bug story…

    A coworker always brings in fresh figs and some people seem to love them. One of my coworkers made a fig tart out of about 40 of them! I think they are beyond gross, like the Invasion of the Body Snatchers plant gross. I do think that fig trees are the most beautiful trees there are, though. Pass the processed Fig Newtons please! 🙂

  • StephCat May 19, 2010, 8:27 am

    We’ve not grown artichokes yet….thinking about it. Oh, but I HATE earwigs. They creep me out too.

    Yeah, I don’t like the taste of fresh figs, go figure; and I’ve never tried to dry them (put that on the list of to-dos!).

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