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SHAKING THEIR PURPLE PLUMES
Dizzy with the perfume of the lilacs, each time I pass a tree or a bush of them, I incline my head and take a great walloping sniff and say AAAAH. I can't always smell them (thanks, allergies!) but it's fun to try, and when I DO get a whiff it lasts for a really long time, long after the fact, long after I am gone away from them. It's the memory of scent and the memory of green and of new and of BURGEONING that gets me through the winters here. All the long dark dreary winter days I cling to the memory of lilacs.

The rapeseed is dimming in the fields, turned down several notches from the electric neon yellow it was last week. Martin's piano teacher sells honey from bees around here...she has 2 kinds: summer wildflower and rapeseed. We bought a jar of rapeseed honey after Anders and the kids taste-tested them both and declared the rapeseed jar best. It's a creamy shimmery pale yellow color; in fact, yellow isn't really the right color adjective to apply to it. It's thick and opaque, not at all like store-bought honey in a plastic bear; it looks like the creamiest kind of frosting: flower glaze.

I don't actually care for honey all that much, but it's sure an amazing thing to look at and think about. Sadly, she and her bee farmer say there won't likely be any rapeseed honey from the bees this year. Apparently, the rapeseed is 2 weeks too early for them and it will be done blooming before the bees are ready to harvest the pollen and make honey with it. I don't know anything about the production of honey or the mechanics of the timing, but that makes me sad. Since they need that honey for feeding themselves and their young, it makes me even sadder, though I know that bees generally produce many times more honey than what they actually need. I wonder what the bees will substitute if their rapeseed blossoms are gone when they head out to gather nectar. Dandelions? Queen Anne's lace? Clover? Lily of the valley?

It's a full moon tonight. Full moons always seem to last forever around here, especially when it's clear like it's been here for several days. That's another thing I'm storing up right now: the light. When I drove home last night from choir practice it was as light out at 9:30 p.m. as if it were early evening. I can't get enough of it. I drove from the highway up the exit to Gårdstånga and turned onto the road toward Flyinge. I hadn't noticed it before then, as it was too low, but as I made the turn, some trick of the hills and the light and the incline suddenly brought me face to face with the moon and he was HUGE and ORANGE like a great big pumpkin in the sky. It was rather comical, actually. The view ahead of me was just like a child's drawing: all fiercely colored with great big swaths: GREEN fields, BLUE sky, ORANGE moon! Orange moon with a clearly smiling man-in-the-moon face, just like an extraterrestrial jack-o-lantern. I smiled back at him the rest of the way home.
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music: Rilo Kiley—Portions for Foxes


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(Anonymous)

That honey sounds like the delicious stuff I ate or rather...slathered on bread in Germany. The raw kind is the the absolute best. The problem with the bees not getting to the rapeseed blossoms, is who will pollinate it? That's going to be a major problem in our food supply around the world with the global warming. Get out our paint brushes and pretend to be bees in our own gardens! :( I love the pumpkin moons, too! Love, Lizardmom

I doubt we'd do anywhere near as good a job at pollinating as the bees.

The rapeweed is dimming in the fields, turned down several notches from the electric neon yellow it was last week.

I had an identical thought, though hardly as well-wrought, as I drove to Normandy this past weekend. Only weeks ago these fields were technicolor, and now...dimming in intensity.

It's such fleeting beauty. *sigh*

Re-reading your comment just made me realize I wrote rapeWEED instead of rapeSEED. Doh! fixed now.

My favorite honey is Tupelo honey. It has such a rich and woodsey taste. Van Morrison knew what he was talking about. It has always amazed me how different various honeys can taste.

She gave the kids a taste of dandelion honey, too, but they all agreed it was awful.

I am equally heady with the scent of lilacs. I wish they lasted longer!

The way you describe the honey reminds me of spun honey.

What the heck is spun honey? Can it be as good as it sounds?

It is as good as it sounds! According to the Sue Bee site:

What is Sue Bee Spun Honey?
This is pure, premium honey which has been allowed to naturally granulate under controlled conditions to make a smooth, spreadable textured honey.

Spun Honey

It's fabulous on toast. When I was a kid I ate peanut butter and spun honey sandwiches all the time. (The only problem with PB and SH sandwiches is the stick factor is increased about 100%. My whole family now calls spun honey "spuNONny" because that's what it sounded like when I tried to answer the question of what I was eating and my mouth wouldn't unstick enough to say it properly.)

Edited at 2008-05-21 07:34 pm (UTC)

Hmmm...it sure sounds like this must be something in kind. It's spreadable and very smooth. I'll try it on toast maybe but not with peanut butter! :P

Ooo, "flower glaze!" I'm not a big honey-eater either, but your description made me crave a spoonful to lick. (What I'm NOT interested in, however, is the artisan mushroom-honey I saw for sale at an agriturismo last night... ::shudder::)

mushroom-honey? that just sounds WRONG.

You painted a sweet picture or two here. Thanks. I love honey!

I guess since we didn't use it growing up I never learned to appreciate it. I like honey-glazed ham, though :D

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