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My Broccoli Harvest

June 16th, 2011

This is my broccoli harvest.
After growing these plants from seeds, nurturing them through the winter months, transplanting them to the garden and encouraging them to grow for the past eight weeks, this is what I get.

I actually cut about this same amount a few days ago and chopped them up in an omelette for the CD and myself, but this batch did not get the star treatment.

Instead it got mercilessly added to a pot of Ramen.

And this shall be the fate of all the other veggies in my garden who choose to perform so poorly!

You. Have. Been. Warned.

I just recently completed my Beverly Nichols book collection, ordering the remaining few books of his that I did not own.  I have written about my love affair with Beverly Nichols on many occasions.  He wrote books in the 1920s and 30s about his garden and his cats and his quirky English neighbors.  What more could you possibly want in a story?  Well… it would have been nice if there had been an occasional murder… but other than that – perfection!

So I will be working my way through the rest of Nichol’s books this summer.  If my English accent starts to take over my life – please don’t be offended.  It’s quite good actually – at least that’s what I tell myself.

But I can’t very well do a book post about a bunch of books I have not yet read!  So I thought I would do a book post about a book I HAVE READ!  AND LOVED! AND YET HAVE NEVER MANAGED TO WRITE ABOUT!!!!!!

And that would be Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.

Oh

How

I

Love

This

Book.

It truly is one of my all time favorites.  I’ve read it several times and have also watched the movie starring Jon Cussack, Kevin Spacey and ‘sex walking’ Jude Law.  The movie is very good, but the book… the book… it’s truly one that should be read.  Based on a true story, Berendt captures a world of crazy characters set against a lush Savannah, Georgia backdrop.  There are voodoo priestesses, and men with pet flies and a wealthy art collector with a penchant for hot young men and a cross dresser who only puts eyeshadow on one eye and then there’s Chablis.  Oh Lord help us all – Chablis!  And then a body turns up…  Sorry Beverly Nichols!  But this book may very well have everything I truly need for literary satisfaction.  Gardens, mansions, quirky characters AND A MURDER!  Not that I don’t still completely and totally belong to you and you alone Beverly!

Did you know that the cover of this book is credited as being one of the best book covers of all time?  Okay – that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but the cover of this book is one that burns itself into your mind.  In fact, the bird girl statue of the Savannah cemetery that is on the cover became such a popular tourist destination after the book became a best seller, that the living family members whose loved one’s grave the statue marked, had her moved to a museum (the statue, not the body).  You can read more about the iconic photograph and how it came to be here. I have long loved the statue on the cover of this book, but I thought it was just me and my weird statuary fixation.  Turns out – I’m not the only one!  This is a book design that may have honestly catapulted this book into the public imagination.  Yes, readers may have judged this book by it’s cover, but the story is worthy of the attention.  I’ve never forgotten the characters that inhabit this tale.  If you haven’t read it yet – I highly recommend checking it out.