let's have another Sunday Selections

Let's also go blurbless and jump right in.

Syringe wrappers! NOT what you want to see in the gully trap (drain) right outside your own back door

and a bagful of someone else's rubbish, with syringe clearly visible, in MY rubbish bin. All the bins are clearly numbered indicating which flat/unit they belong to, but lazy neighbours don't care.

for Iris Flavia, my favourite brand of mustard and mayonnaise, imported, both made in Germany and I'm happy to pay a bit more for the good flavour.

"Heritage" tomatoes, found in a local supermarket and bought on every shopping expedition since then.

I love these because there is more flesh and much less of the juice/seeds combination commonly found in tomatoes these days. More importantly, they taste like the tomatoes I remember as a child. 

out in the back porch, inside this green drawer

is a labelled brown paper bag

filled with layers of paper towel

each holding small globs of dried seeds from those tomatoes. I'm looking forward to planting these, just cut each sheet of paper towel and plant sections with the seeds on, water and hope.

the top of the green table

my latest completed jigsaw, which coincides with a post by my friend Murr, who wrote about "Mad Mike Hughes" who built his own rocket, wanting to fly high enough to prove that the earth was indeed flat as he believed. It didn't go as planned and he crashed and died, but the story reminded me of this movie:

The Astronaut Farmer

starring Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Bruce Dern and Tim Blake Nelson

"if we don't have our dreams we have nothing"

the back cover blurb:

"Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton stars in an inspirational tale of one man who would let nothing stand in the way of his dream. When Charles Farmer (Thornton) is forced to leave his job at  NASA to save his family's ranch in Texas, his lifelong goal of becoming an astronaut seems destined to end in failure.
Refusing to give up his dream, Farmer enlists the support of his wife Audie (Virginia Madsen) and his family, embarking on a mission to build his own rocket and launch himself into space.
His actions soon attract the attention of the authorities, who see his plan as a risk to public safety. Cheered on as a renegade hero by the media and the public, Charles Farmer stubbornly resists the government's attempts to thwart him and presses on towards the fulfillment of his dream."

The movie runs for about 104 minutes. 



















Comments

  1. I loved seeing that you had posted a Sunday Selections, and really enjoyed most of the post. Sigh on the lazy syringe users - though I am glad that they mustered the energy to dispose of it properly (albeit not in the right bin).
    Heritage tomatoes DO taste better don't they? And smell like real tomatoes too.
    I don't have the patience for jigsaws and admire those who do.

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    1. Elephant's Child; happily there hasn't been any more syringes in my bin, although there has been bags of rubbish that isn't mine. I love these heritage tomatoes, for a while I tried the heirloom ones in all the available colours and they're pretty but don't have that taste. I hope the seeds grow so I can share with family and friends. I have the patience for jigsaws, but not the space, I'm thinking of buying a little foldaway table.

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  2. In the US I'm pretty sure those syringes need to be disposed as "Medical Waste" and not in the normal bins. Must be an expense involved so someone does not want to be caught with it in their stuff, might be junkies. Would piss me off and I would notify collectors this is "NOT MY STUFF!"

    I have much fun with my tomato crop every year. Probably cost me a few bucks per tomato, but it is fun and the taste is just better.

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    1. joeh; home grown anything always tastes better. I'm pretty sure there are junkies around, as well as the closest neighbours who all borrow and swap pills, and all the visitors who come around late at night.

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  3. :(

    Is there a drug problem there or were these for medical reasons?

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    1. Sandi; there is a drug problem. I live in Government subsidised housing and a lot of the newer tenants are people rescued off the streets and they've brought their problems with them. I just keep my doors locked and windows shut.

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  4. Love your seeds. 'Plant in September' had me baffled for a second, as I am about to plant my own tomato seeds - also some made in the same way. They almost always germinate.

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    1. Charlotte; I thought the September reference might baffle a few people until they remember I'm down under the equator. I truly hope mine germinate and produce fruit. In the shop these tomatoes are $12 per kilo.

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  5. That mustard looks to die, I wish I could get it here, I am a fan of good mustard. Not the drivel they sell here.

    And so agree on tomatoes, I love the tomatoes of my childhood too and my mother would preserve some in what she called "Chili Sauce" like nothing I've ever tasted since but in the winter it was like a marmalade, I remember cloves and onions in it.

    And at least the needles were disposed of. Small comfort, I hope the neighbours are not organizing an intervention for you. ( :D )

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW; it isn't strong mustard, more a delicate taste which suits me fine. I remember my mum growing tomatoes and they must have produced enough for me to remember the taste. Later when I was 16 I moved to Murray Bridge, further south from Port Pirie, so the soil was better, there I saw many, many greenhouses, all growing tomatoes and cucumbers for the markets. We'd go each weekend to one grower who was a family friend and buy cheap tomatoes and cucumbers and sometimes mushrooms if he had any ready.
      I doubt very much any neighbours organising an intervention, since they are the ones dropping their rubbish in my bin. The bins are all kept behind each block of flats so there is easy access for anyone to drop anything in whichever bin they choose.

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  6. People can be so rude, even in such small ways as putting their garbage in the wrong bin. Bah! I certainly hope they disposed of the sharps in the proper way and not in the same garbage.

    I love - LOVE - that green table! I'm interested to see how you preserved the tomato seeds and hope they flourish for you.

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    1. jenny_o; I think it's laziness more than rudeness, but there's nothing I can do about it.
      The tomato seeds were just scooped out of the fresh tomato, dropped in small groups onto the paper towel and allowed to dry out. Next spring we'll see if they grow.

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  7. Disconcerting about the syringe just sitting there in your bin. If it were a junkie, possible chance of HIV on the needle. It would bother me that someone was in front of my house shooting up.
    Those tomatoes sure looked good and I love that ratio of meat to seeds.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; there would only be danger from a needle if I touched it, but I didn't even touch the bag of rubbish, just dumped my own rubbish on top. I don't think anyone is shooting up outside, they all tend to stay in their own units when they aren't visiting back and forth swapping or borrowing medications. Legal or otherwise, I just stay out of it, keeping my doors locked. There doesn't seem to be any violence involved.

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  8. Finding the syringes and accompanying foreign rubbish in my bin would make me very angry. How dare they!!!! Ignorance is a virus!!!

    I like Billy Bob Thornton...he's always very good in every role he tackles.

    Have a great week, River...take care. Cuddles to the lovely Lady Lola. :)



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    1. Lee; it makes me angry too, but there's nothing I can do. These people "clean up" late at night and fill the bins the night before collection mostly, I hear them going back and forth to the bins as they carry out stuff.
      Have you seen Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath? I loved that series and wish they would do another season.
      Lola is enjoying her cuddles, the allergy season is almost over so the headaches and scratching have stopped, thank goodness.

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  9. Good for you, Drifting Farmer. Harvesting seeds to plant. I wish you great luck. The first year we planted a heritage seed, named Mortgage Lifters, the plants were over six feet high and there must have been two bushels on each of our two plants.

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    1. Joanne; I got "mortgage lifter seeds" from The Diggers Club, they were classed as heirloom not heritage, and they didn't even sprout, let alone grow. I was very disappointed. I'm hoping for better luck with these heritage ones. They don't have a name, but look similar to the tomatoes I saw in the many greenhouses in Murray Bridge. I'll have them in tubs and pots so when the summer gets too hot I can move them under the plum trees a bit. I'll also have to make frames to put nets over them otherwise the birds will get the tomatoes before I do.

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  10. That's an interesting mustard jar. I like how you've saved the seeds. I watched The Astronaut Farmer with my boys. I liked Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade, and the Bad Santa movies. Neither uplifting, nor in good taste, but I was hooked until the end.

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    1. Val; the mustard jar doubles as a drinking glass when it is empty and washed.
      I haven't seen Sling Blade and I watched Bad Santa and cringed a few times. I didn't know there was more than one Bad Santa movie.

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  11. I had to go "Yuck"! at the syringes - it happened in Perth, too!.
    And then ... The ad is old, but, "Thomy, mein Genuss" - it sticks and yes, we buy that still, also!!
    :-)
    Good you go for local otherwise!

    Sadly we have no Aussie food here! American, European... no Aussie (not that I long for Vegemite ;-)... Do you like that?).

    Ohhhh your drawer´d love my shelf, same green! A light, happy one!
    I still have Brian May´s book on 50 years of the moon here - not even ... oh I need to read!
    I´d never ever brave up to this, but yes! Without dreams we have nothing!

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    1. Iris Flavia; I love vegemite, the trick is to spread just a thin smear, not thick like jam.
      I haven't heard of Brian May's book, I'll have to see if my library has a copy.

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    2. We tried. On toasted toast. Untoasted toast. With marge. With butter. Just by itself and always very thin.
      I think you have to be a lucky Aussie to like Vegemite ;-)

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  12. I stopped at a gas station in my son's college neighborhood and there was a sign that said "no shooting up in the bathroom". My first thought was my son needed a better neighborhood, but it seems to be common in all neighborhoods.

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    1. Elizabeth Seckman; it's common everywhere, the addicted ones don't care where they are when they get their next dose, although they don't do it right out in public. Some cities actually have special rooms where these people can go and shoot up then pass out safely.

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  13. That is sure pretty shade of green

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  14. I love, love, love the tomatoes and that green is BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. The Happy Whisk; I love the tomatoes too. The green table was given to me, already in that colour.

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  15. Wonderful selections, with the exception of the trash that was foisted upon you. One wonders what some people's mothers were thinking when raising them.

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  16. Astronaut Farmer was great. Billy Bob always brings in a good time.

    The "heritage tomatoes" here in the local farmers market are in name only. The flesh is like cardboard. I miss the tomatoes from my childhood.

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