74. Mark Twain and a Cold Day

Baby was tiring of Aristotle.

“I want Mark Twain!”

To her credit, she actually did say this. She probably just likes this book because it is small and hard-backed and looks more important than her baby books.

Wit and Wisecracks

Wit and Wisecracks

We told her it was the “Mark Twain” book, she didn’t actually read the title. She’s two. Just clarifying. Here are some excerpts from this little book of Twain quotes:

“It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.”

Why I prefer writing to speaking: editing!

Why I prefer writing to speaking: editing!

“Classic: A book which people praise and don’t read.”

I'd like to break that rule. I suggest we tackle The Odyssey next.

I’d like to break that rule. I suggest we tackle The Odyssey next.

“War talk by men who have been in a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull.”

This is why I write poems about things like linoleum.

So what does Mark Twain have to do with gardening?

So what does Mark Twain have to do with gardening?

“Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”

So what does that make kohlrabi?

Purple Kohlrabi seedling

Purple Kohlrabi seedling

We had our first snow last night, it was a very light dusting, but I hope it is a sign of a snowy winter to come so we can build lots of snow sculptures! The bright clear cold light of today made for photos that put yesterday’s gray-day shots to shame!

Rainbow Swiss Chard and an artichoke plant

Rainbow Swiss Chard and an artichoke plant

A closer look at the vibrant chard. Beautiful!

A closer look at the vibrant chard. Beautiful!

A smaller chard plant.

A smaller chard plant.

Turnip greens. I wonder if they will still be green after the cold (20 F) tonight?

Turnip greens. I wonder if they will still be green after the cold (20 F) tonight?

View of the bare teepee from outside the fence

View of the bare teepee from outside the fence

Golden ground

Golden ground

Artichoke head with seeds (a seed is attached to each little fluffy star)

Artichoke head with seeds (a seed is attached to each little fluffy star)

Leaves obscure the garden's edges

Leaves obscure the garden’s edges

Camoflauged Dexie

Camoflauged Dexie

Three persimmons

Three persimmons

Spy Garden November 12, 2013

Spy Garden November 12, 2013

11 thoughts on “74. Mark Twain and a Cold Day

      1. narf77

        Got me! I am the rant queen. It’s why I don’t watch the news on the television (or anywhere else) any more because the dog needs therapy every time I do ;).

  1. narf77

    I reckon baby has a fascination for that interesting mug shot on the front of the book. Perfect grandad material Mr Twain. “Windswept and interesting” looking and irreverant to a tee…what more could you want? (apart from deep pockets full of money and sweets ;) ). I have 1 request…SNOW ANGELS! I tried making an oak leaf angel but ended up covered in leeches…sad but true :(.

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      1. narf77

        Outside the box is my favourite place to be. That way Mr Schrodinger can’t play silly tricks on you…BAD Mr Schrodinger! I have a photo of me making oak leaf angels (angles) but not of the resulting leech extraction. I was too busy howling ;) (I wonder if there are leeches in snow? Might be just about to find out…)

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