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Saturday, August 14, 2010

"Canned Goods" - Remember the Song?

Just looking at the things I've canned (photo below), or harvested in the past week makes me -- pleased, satisfied, happy that I have a little piece of ground to plant and tend; harvest and preserve for winter days.  Made me think of a song - so, here's the words to an old Greg Brown song "Canned Goods" where he talks about the produce his grandma put up for winter:  
"She cans the pickles, sweet & dill

She cans the songs of the whippoorwill

And the morning dew and the evening moon

'N' I really got to go see her pretty soon

'Cause these canned goods I buy at the store

Ain't got the summer in them anymore.
You bet, grandma, as sure as you're born

I'll take some more potatoes and a thunderstorm.
Peaches on the shelf

Potatoes in the bin

Supper's ready, everybody come on in, now

Taste a little of the summer, (3x)

My grandma put it all in jars.

Let those December winds bellow and blow,

I'm as warm as a July tomato.

Hope that made you smile.  (By the way - pretty cool apron my friend Lucy gave me last week!


  1. Love the photo! I've put up a bunch myself this summer. Mostly peas and green beans and a few other items. Good to see you have a blog. I have one too! Check me out when you can.

  2. Love it, Ginny. Reminds me of my mom and the rows of canned goods she had lined up on the cellar shelves. It's good that we can preserve little bits of goodness--in jars and in memory. :-)

  3. Hope this composition becomes a watercolor. Love your blog. Thanks for sharing!

  4. How very inspirational. There is nothing more satisfying than preserving the food you've grown yourself.

  5. I saw a painting you did of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I cannot get on your website and I wondered where else I might see it and if it is for sale.