What a beautiful day here!
The weather on the Cape is so lovely today. September in the Boston area really has some of the nicest weather we ever see.
Great gardening weather. I’m pulling weeds, moving plants around, and feeding them. I’m determined this year to get the perennial beds cleaned and mulched before winter. I will plant lots of bulbs in late October.
My Sweet Autumn Clematis is blooming and I have astors and cosmos in bloom. The limelight hydrangeas are gradually turning from white to pink.
And I picked apples from my trees this morning and am turning a portion of them into apple butter right now. The house is filled with the fragrance of apples bubbling away slowly and I have all the windows open to air out the house.
I hope everyone out here is also able to enjoy this beautiful early September day.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||September 17, 2023 4:27 PM
[quote]I have astors and cosmos in bloom.
John Jacob and Mary?
|by Anonymous||reply 1||September 2, 2023 6:18 PM
Lovely day. So far I've rebuilt the engine on my car, built an addition onto my house. Cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire week. Pruned every tree in a 3 mile radius and just finished learning Chinese. And I've had nothing but time to post on DL too!
|by Anonymous||reply 5||September 2, 2023 6:32 PM
Wow, R5! That’s impressive.
But if you are suggesting that I haven’t done what I reported, you would be mistaken.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||September 2, 2023 6:38 PM
I feel like I'm reading Martha Stewart's calendar.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||September 2, 2023 6:38 PM
Doing some gardening and making apple butter is not really heavy lifting.
I also have done four loads of laundry.
If you know how to manage your time, you can get a lot done and still have pauses where you can post on DL.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||September 2, 2023 6:40 PM
I don’t care whether Greg is a bottom or a top or neither, but I hope he does have a good recipe for black bottom pie!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||September 2, 2023 6:53 PM
I’ve never made a black-bottom pie before.
Have you? And if so, is it good?
I love meringue, so will give this a try sometime.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||September 2, 2023 6:58 PM
I don’t cook, Greg, but I enjoy your threads and the various reactions to them nonetheless. Many years ago I did try what was called a “French black bottom pie”. It was delicious, and I don’t normally don’t like an overabundance of rich chocolate.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||September 2, 2023 7:00 PM
Very nice — thank you, R13.
The reactions to what I post are often quite something!
Is the French black-bottom pie different from just black-bottom pie?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||September 2, 2023 7:07 PM
Greg, not having had regular black bottom pie, and not being a connoisseur, the only difference I could see was the “French” version had a lot more chocolate.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||September 2, 2023 7:10 PM
Which grades if you don’t mind my asking?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||September 2, 2023 7:11 PM
I was wondering, R15, if the French version had a French meringue and the other version had whipped cream or either Swiss or Italian meringue.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||September 2, 2023 7:18 PM
Haha, Greg. My palette is definitely too broad to have known such differences. I don’t remember whipped cream.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||September 2, 2023 7:22 PM
Thank you for sharing that recipe. I will definitely make it.
Hope you’re having a nice day.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||September 2, 2023 7:26 PM
I found this on the interwebz. When I had French black bottom pie it was on a business trip in the U.S. south.
[quote] What is a French black bottom pie? This pie is also super similar to our black bottom pie. Both have the “black bottom” or chocolate crust and both are topped with whipped cream. The French black bottom pie has a chocolate pastry cream layer or pudding. Sometimes instead of whipped cream, a French black bottom pie will have meringue on top.
Given I don’t remember whipped cream, it must have been a meringue.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||September 2, 2023 7:27 PM
This black bottom pie thing is all sounding dirty to me.
But I have the humor of an 18 year old about a lot of things.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||September 2, 2023 7:33 PM
[quote]Haha, Greg. My palette is definitely too broad to have known such differences. I don’t remember whipped cream.
Oh, dear. Unless you're a painter.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||September 2, 2023 7:38 PM
Oops. You are correct R24.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||September 2, 2023 7:47 PM
OMG Martha Stewart is a bottom!
|by Anonymous||reply 26||September 2, 2023 8:03 PM
"One of Louisiana’s only"
I know it's not important but it's bugging me. What did I misread?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||September 2, 2023 8:05 PM
[quote] OMG Martha Stewart is a bottom!
I rather doubt that.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||September 2, 2023 8:05 PM
Glad to hear!
Fiance from The Noth Shawr, MA retired here with me in SF a few months ago. It's a rare, rainy day in Septembah on the West Coast. Eying the Meyer Lemons on my tree for a potential custard pie, but not feeling the labor and cleanup and my unpredictable, psycho oven. Watching Anna's Hummingbirds, a California woodpecker, finches(?), scrub jays, and two asshole squirrels all dine on the Coastal Silk Tassel Tree that I planted almost 30 years ago. Native plants support native species. Planning for our marriage in Salem, MA next month, with a honeymoon trip to Acadia. And another tasting menu at Nightshade Noodlehouse in Lynn that might lead to bankruptcy. Looking forward to seeing Fall in New England again. Not sure if we can afford to keep his place in MA and be bicoastal.
Hope you enjoy the Labor Day Weekend. This is truly a beautiful time of year to be alive.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||September 2, 2023 8:06 PM
Any tips to getting your cosmos to stay healthy in to September? Ours were glorious in June and July, but have gone sadly downhill since. (Oddly our celosia did especially well this summer)
|by Anonymous||reply 31||September 2, 2023 8:09 PM
I love the Cape. I would live there if I could. When I was growing up we had a summer house in North Eastham. Coast Guard beach is the best beach in the world. I remember at night, even in the middle of August, if you had the windows open you would need a blanket. It was just a perfect way to spend your Summers when you were a kid. All my changes are there. In the lung run the house gets sold and the young grow very, very old.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||September 2, 2023 8:22 PM
Greg, do you spray your apple tree? A neighbor has 2 apple trees and they always produce small fruit and lots of bugs get to them.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||September 2, 2023 9:08 PM
[quote] Endlessly dull.
If you are talking about yourself, R34, that’s very believable.
Picking on me will get you nowhere.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||September 2, 2023 9:30 PM
[quote] Greg, do you spray your apple tree? A neighbor has 2 apple trees and they always produce small fruit and lots of bugs get to them.
Yes, I do. I’m still learning, however. Pruning is very important. One may even have to prune it heavily and sacrifice a year of fruit production.
I also have an espaliered apple tree, which is very nice.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||September 2, 2023 9:35 PM
[quote] Any tips to getting your cosmos to stay healthy in to September? Ours were glorious in June and July, but have gone sadly downhill since.
You might try staggering your seed planting to play with plant heights and bloom times.
I love cosmos.
Do you grow poppies? Oriental poppies are so lovely in the spring.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||September 2, 2023 9:41 PM
Just thinking, R34, if this is so dull, perhaps you could post something of interest, rather than commenting like a child on what doesn’t hold your attention.
It might be asking a lot, but that would be one way an adult would deal with his boredom.
Otherwise, beat it.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||September 2, 2023 9:44 PM
No poppies anymore since they are toxic to dogs.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||September 2, 2023 10:16 PM
[quote] No poppies anymore since they are toxic to dogs.
Ah, makes sense.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||September 2, 2023 10:20 PM
Is Patti Page on your Victrola, gramps?
I bet you're going to use that apple butter for lube at your weekly senior fisting party.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||September 2, 2023 10:24 PM
[quote] Are you a bottom, Greg?
Ew, like anyone would want to fuck Gerg.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||September 2, 2023 10:27 PM
Windy and rainy for days here in Hawaii. So sick of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||September 2, 2023 11:25 PM
[quote] Ew, like anyone would want to fuck Gerg.
I can assure you, R42, that has never been a problem.
You, however …
|by Anonymous||reply 44||September 2, 2023 11:27 PM
Greg, your place does sound like a little slice of heaven. Your partner is very lucky.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||September 3, 2023 9:02 PM
[quote] Greg, your place does sound like a little slice of heaven. Your partner is very lucky.
So am I, R47.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||September 3, 2023 9:05 PM
Another beautiful day for gardening.
I’ve been at it since this morning—transplanting and preparing the garden for winter.
I had two friends come last night for dinner and an overnight and we’ve been hard at work all day.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||September 16, 2023 10:11 PM
Greg if you’re going to make black bottom pie, use The Joy of Cooking recipe. It’s the classic version.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||September 16, 2023 10:20 PM
Greg really lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
He's posting from his studio apartment overlooking a long ago closed and rusting steel mill.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||September 16, 2023 10:22 PM
Thank you, R51, I will definitely give that a try.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||September 16, 2023 11:43 PM
[quote] Greg really lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He's posting from his studio apartment overlooking a long ago closed and rusting steel mill.
Whatever makes you feel better, R52.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||September 16, 2023 11:44 PM
Eat me. This Gregg from the back bay takes over every thread.
He makes me miss my apt from 2007-2010!!!!
Right on Beacon at the Storrow Dr exit! I should have stayed!
163 Beacon, baby!
|by Anonymous||reply 55||September 16, 2023 11:58 PM
Billyburg, which copyright date?
|by Anonymous||reply 56||September 17, 2023 12:13 AM
It was a lovely day. I spent the morning shoveling all the shit from the Summer out of my outhouse. Makes great fertilizer for my garden. The fresh herbs love it. Now I'll be set until Spring.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||September 17, 2023 3:01 AM
That sounds productive, R58!
|by Anonymous||reply 59||September 17, 2023 3:33 AM
Greg- I had such great neighbors. They literally tracked a guy from Manalapan who robbed me while I was at work.
I am not joking- street to street- they followed the guy and he was arrested-
My neighbors looked like a more handsome Adam Levine and the lady looked like a prettier Margot Robbie. just a gorgeous couple and so, so lovely- They were so classy and kind. Maybe 28-32 or so-
These two even went to the pre trial or whatever its called? Grand jury-
A stunning and lovely couple- I think about them sometimes and hope that they got married and were happy forever. They would be my age or slightly younger now - probably 40-45? Maybe they still live there.... just a dream at this point.
I like Gregg, but he reminds me of a time in my life where i was FREE and took some serious chances. i miss it.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||September 17, 2023 3:52 AM
Upper Cape, Lower Cape? Provincetown, Sandwich? Where is this all happening?
|by Anonymous||reply 61||September 17, 2023 3:58 AM
R61? My 10+ year old robbery- 163 Beacon, baby!!!!!
Its where all the shit gets REAL in the back bay!
|by Anonymous||reply 62||September 17, 2023 4:47 AM
I don't care about your decade-old robbery, R62; I want to know where on Cape Cod OP was enjoying the beautiful day.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||September 17, 2023 2:42 PM