On the Docket Today.

A little pruning. No weeding as I have some band-aided fingers!

The Dioscorea ? along the front verandah rail is starting to show its autumnal yellows. That means I’d better cut it down NOW.If I leave it until all the leaves have turned crispy and brown I’ll never get my secateurs through it. Also, it has seeds forming and I don’t want a forest of this next year!

Note I’ve called it D. ? as I’m really not sure what it is.There is one whose fruits are edible, but I’m pretty sure this is not it! How do I know? Because, years ago, an old woman told me she cooked them for the family. I asked how and she said:”Just the same as ya cook spuds!” Well, I tried boiling some. After at least half an hour of rapid boiling they were still rock-hard. And green! Microwaving didn’t work either. Nor did salting then roasting. Still hard. Still green. And very likely still deadly!

Here is a shot of some of the fruits…

The smallest is about the size of a small pea. They get a hell of a lot bigger! I’ve dug out rooted ones that easily fill a 15cm/6″ soup bowl! So I’ll try to pick up any that drop. Birds, bats and possums spread them, whether eaten and passed through the digestive tract or simply knocked off the vine or maybe bitten and spat out I don’t know, but there are quite a few around the place that probably came from mine! Oopsy!

I think we could all do with some amusement. Especially poor Queen Mary.


And for those of you old enough to have put your Saturdee night drinkin’ back/forward an hour so you could watch the kiddies’ TV favourite*…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip5e9NUvX6A

I like clever. We could all do with more of clever. Love is good, too and there seems not to be much of that these days.

Here’s what one chap did while stuck in some hotel to sit -out his Covid quarantine. Like I said, clever.

Well I’d better git in the saddle and gallop out to the chow house…https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/05/horsing-around-australian-man-creates-paper-friend-out-of-lunch-bags-in-hotel-quarantine

*Pretty sure this didn’t make it to the kiddies’ session!

16 thoughts on “On the Docket Today.

  1. Dioscorea are yams – so surely it’s the roots that people cook and eat? Never heard of anyone eating the fruit.

    I loved the “easily-misinterpreted newspaper headlines”! My fave was British Left Waffles on Falklands! Not so sure about the crazy chap and his “pizza box horse”, however.

    It’s probably just as well you’re not able to do weeding today – the vines look in the mood to strangle anyone who tries to dig them up! Jx

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    • Yam – yes. Or at least a relative, but these knobbly things on the vine do become the growing root once they hit moist soil.
      And I’ve just noticed marks on the leaf…like a cartouche or watermark. Probably a leaf-miner, but it’s the first time I’ve noticed them.


  2. Thank goodness you posted that! Leo is poring over the latest catalogue from the local conservation centre and I noted a mark by that plant. Smart work with the rubber is called for as i have no intention of trying to cook that!

    Loved the headlines…poor Queen Mary….

    But when it comes to children;s programmes, bring back Noggin the Nog!..The bar of the Students’ Union fell quiet for every episode…

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  3. I love this post! Just my cup of tea in flavor of odd humor. How had I not seen that Muppets “Devil Went Down to Jamaica!?!?” When I’ve always loved the Muppets. Maybe it got banned in the U.S.? Or I was just off on some adventure perhaps.

    The headlines, I don’t know if it has a technical name, but definitely examples of verbs modifying (emphasizing) the wrong nouns with funny results. Having mild Dyslexia, I’m prone to malapropisms like; “There’s a shoe in my rock.”

    A creative person will always find inspiration in the bane of boredom. Clever guy, indeed! I like it!

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    • I’m not sure who put that Muppets clip together, but doubt it was Mr. Henson! Clever though. And funny.

      I know many people who get their words muddled and I can generally get the real meaning. I taught remedial reading (long time ago) and it was more common then I’d realised. In most cases, slow learners left behind by teachers (and parents!) who hadn’t time or inclination to help them.

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      • Yes, that would describe me too. I wasn’t “dyslexic enough” to qualify for help or extra time. It was really frustrating. I would always test poorly and yet perfectly articulate the concepts and what we learned in talking with the teacher. Some teachers would factor this into their grading and I would get a good grade, others went strictly by the test scores and I would be at bottom or fail the the class.

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  4. Pretty sure it still happens more than it should. Back in the 70s, “dyslexia” was the buzz word and, suddenly, a lot of slow, lazy, dysfunctional people had a proper word and reason for their case.Today, it seems we’ve “beaten” dyslexia and now have ADHD and all its cousins!
    What I taught (in a Council-run class) was English for foreigners. It was really a lot of fun. Strictly English only in class, but afterwards we’d go to a pub or cafe and try out each other’s native lingo.


  5. I know one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (a fruit by its skin?), but why on Earth would anyone want to eat something that looks like it’s covered in pustules? (Although, the leaves are very pretty)

    I’m wondering what the Germans did to warrant such an action? And did they enjoy it, or was it a trip to A&E afterwards? “I accidentally sat on a bottle….”

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  6. Great story about David Marriott making the horse in his quarantine room. And of course the Muppets were wonderful. Without your blog I’d have missed both stories so thanks heaps.

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    • Hahaha! I revisit that Devil went down to Jamaica often.Let me know when you get back and we’ll email. Enjoy SA. Oh! What am I saying…SA is full of wine and art! Dunstanland!


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