Sunday, April 27, 2008
As usual, I was walking around my backyard in the morning. And, I found another new "something" in the deepest corner of our backyard. At first glance, I thought they were branches of the tree, drooping from the top towards the ground. But, the leaves looked slightly different from the ones on the tree. Could it be another plant just wrapping around the tree? If so, what was it???
There was a beautiful whitish flower and a bunch of little buds (or whatever they are). If you know of such plant, leave a comment.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
We have an Olive tree in our backyard. About two months ago, it put out beautiful flowers which reminded me of Japanese "sakura" (cherry blossom). Although I thought I knew it was an olive tree, I started to wonder if it might actually be a cherry tree.
I was wrong. In March, I started to notice little olives here and there. In April, I took off for Japan and came back and guess what I found!!! Hundreds of HUGE olives growing all over the tree.
Its branches were drooping with the weight of huge olives. I felt like the tree was begging me for help. So, I did. My hubby and I picked the olives from the tree. I believe we picked more than several hundred for sure. And, we still have more to go.
We found an article on how to cure olives (http://www.wikihow.com/Cure-Olives) and we decided to go with "Water Curing" and "Brine Curing".
It has been 6 days, and I have started to see a reddish color in salt water. We are curing them! - I hope.
On the same day, we also found some more strawberries and oranges. You can tell how big these olives are in comparison to strawberries and oranges.Spring harvest!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Hobart Blvd. goes quite a long way from south to north. The most southern part of Hobart seems to be around Torrance Blvd and Western. It disappears for a while until you go up north of 405 and keeps re-appearing and re-disappearing until you go above 105. After that, it appears most of the way till you hit W Florence Ave (around 72nd St) and disappear again. Then, around W Vermon Ave (44th St), it appears again. It gets cut with the Martin Luther King Jr. Park around 39th St. Skip one block and reappear at W Jefferson Blvd. and all the way up to Los Feliz and above to the very gorgeous hillside top.
We drove starting at Jefferson Blvd all the way up to the top of the hill. We also got to see the iconic Wilshire Boulevard Temple, which Samuel Tilden Norton who architected our fern house served as one of three architects. The temple was completed in 1929. See the pics of Hoboart Blvd: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52413134@N00/sets/72157604395845426/