I had to make a little run to the city yesterday. While there I made a quick walk through Shelter Gardens to see how their flowers were looking this summer. I practiced some macro shooting on this hibiscus, and I still need lots more practice but shooting in the very bright sun makes seeing your camera kind of difficult. It was a beautiful day but the sun seemed exceptionally bright, probably because I was taking photos.
This old water pump in the gardens always brings back thoughts of the farm where I grew up. In the summer, I was often given the job of pumping water for whatever livestock happened to be in the lot by the barn. The pump was very similar to this one. It wasn't a hard job, but it took some time to fill the tank under the spout if it was very low in water. I had many different chores living on the farm. I'll tell about some others another time. What was a chore you were given to do when you were a youngster?
I also stopped by the resale shop yesterday. I'd forgotten they were having their Christmas in July things out. I don't know about you, but I'm just not ready to look at Christmas stuff in July!! I only bought a cookbook written by a woman who used to write articles and share recipes in the old Kitchen Klatter magazines. Anyone remember those? Yeah, I know, I'm really telling my age here. My grandmother used to subscribe to this little magazine and would pass them on to me. Bottles of Kitchen Klatter flavorings used to be on the grocery shelves, but I haven't seen them in years. I should have done a Google search to see if they were still in business.
My little buddy, Stormy, helping me shuck corn for dinner last night. I shuck the corn and put it into a kettle of boiling water and boil 4 minutes. Perfecto! My aunt tells me I should just put the corn, husks and all, in the microwave and I've heard other people do this but old habits die hard. I still prefer to do it this way. I know it will be good! How do you prepare your corn on the cob?
I just can't resist sharing another photo of my sunflowers. If you were following me last year, you know I had a thing for zinnias and showed them nearly every day, or so it seemed. I still love zinnias but haven't taken many photos of them this year. No worries! You'll get to see some of them before summer is over. :)
Linking to Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday 5
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