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Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.  ~ Rachel Carson

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Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides. ~ Junichiro Tanizaki

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Here we go round the prickly pear / At five o’clock in the morning. ~ T.S. Eliot

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No matter what your heartache may be, laughing helps you forget it for a few seconds. ~ Red Skelton

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They’re not Macintosh or Delicious, or Jonathon or Honey Crisp.  They don’t dangle precariously from branches, willing to fall at the slightest provocation.  You can’t stand in a sunny orchard, on a crisp autumn day, and eat to your heart’s content.  You can, however, get yourself a thick pair of gloves and some tongs and a bucket, some boiling water, vegetable scrubber, mason jars, and a paring knife, a little lemon juice, powdered pectin, and some sugar.  Once you’ve done all that, you can mash, blend, strain, allow to settle, separate juice from the sediment, add to mason jars, seal with paraffin, allow to set, cool, refrigerate, etc., etc.

Not quite the same thing as standing in a sunny orchard, on a crisp autumn day, eating to your heart’s content.  But, it will have to do.