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We don't have Thanksgiving in UK but we do have Harvest Festival


Friday, November 25, 2011

We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in UK like in USA. We do have harvest festival though when we count the blessings of the years harvest and spread a little amongst poor and infirm people. It is not a feast day though! Some folks have harvest suppers incorporating the harvest food. Schools and churches have special services where they collect all manner of fruit, vegetables, bread made from grain etc to distribute. Each child takes an apple or tomatoes or something to school for this occasion. But ours is earlier in the year, usually about late September. Here is a link about it.

www.woodlands-junior.ken
t.sch.uk/customs/Harvest.html


Here are some photos of my harvest this year.


This was my first cucumber and lettuce.



Spinach growing in my garden.



Strawberries growing



First flowers on the tomatoes on the patio



F1 hybrid cucumber and Black Russian heritage tomatoes from the greenhouse



Black Russian another view! It was a wopper!



Brandy Wine heritage tomato on the patio



Giant sunflower



Blackberries in my garden

I seem to have lost my photo of my scarlet runner beans! Sorry! I also grew some carrots and lots of herbs.









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COMPUCATHY 11/28/2011 8:15PM

    Wow...it all looks great! Your holiday sounds like a good one...time to be thankful and help others...awesome! Hope you had a great Monday! Keep up the good work! Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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MZZCHIEF 11/26/2011 7:39PM

    Ellen

Love the photos of your garden! What a nice tradition Harvest Day is.

Those Black Russian Tomatoes look like they'd be very tasty... nothing better than a tomatoe all ripe and warm from the sun. When we we kids we were naughty and used to go into the neighbor's garden and steal one... they had so many of them the theft wasen't noticed but still it was naughty!

Off to check out the link... thanks for sharing... I added you to my friends, I had no idea that you weren't already on my list...

: )
Mzzchief

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JULIAOAK 11/26/2011 11:30AM

    lovely pics ellen!! emoticon emoticon

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SENATOR9 11/26/2011 9:15AM

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1BEACHWALKER 11/25/2011 11:19PM

    Hi Ellen: Great to have your blogging again! Nice looking produce from your garden! Fresh veggies and fruit from the garden is sooooo much better than what you buy in the grocery store! We used to grow our own, but gave it up here in FL-too hard! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHREKWARD 11/25/2011 11:00PM

    I know the satisfaction you get from growing your own Ellen, plus the fact that it's great exercise preparing the ground and not to mention that all we grow is organic to boot!
What great looking tomatoes they look!
I'm looking for a Green Tomato to grow next year for that special Mediterranean Tomato/Onion and Olive oil salads.
You really are a star!

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KATHRYNLP 11/25/2011 10:49PM

    Your Harvest Fest sounds great, Ellen, also that the children are included in giving to those less fortunate. Loved seeing pics. of the foods you grew this year... Missed reading your interesting Blogs. emoticon emoticon emoticon kathryn

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EJHEINRICH1 11/25/2011 9:59PM

    Ellen you have the green thumb! Good for you!
I miss my garden and my greenhouse.
Thank you for sharing your pictures.
((HUGS))

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MOTLEM 11/25/2011 9:52PM

    Your garden must be emoticon
The pics of your produce are emoticon
Great blog! emoticon

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DENISE223 11/25/2011 8:30PM

    Hi Ellen:

Wow, you have some beautiful veggies there (Fantastic photography, too BTW) emoticon
Without question, you definitely have a green thumb emoticon emoticon emoticon * blackberries!

Your Harvest festival sounds wonderful, Ellen, and I love how the children are included in giving nourishing food to those less fortunate.

It's very sad - there are so many people (not to mention, little children), who go to bed hungry all of the time. emoticon
We make donations to local food pantries, and it feels wonderful.

I hope you and Adrian are feeling well, my sweet friend,

Much love,
Denise

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NORASPAT 11/25/2011 7:19PM

    ELLEN I was so happy to discover you are blogging again. I guess I love to know about people. Friend feed is OK but I love to read blogs. i would love to do more photo blogs but my camera was on the wrong date too many times so my pictures are a big mess. I love your Heirloom tomatoes, how did they taste. We tried purple potatoes but they were not very good tasting. I do think that things that look different are already a bigger challenge to the taste buds.
I remember the corn sheath loaves that my family was given one year. We did not enjoy so we ate it with grease. Our harvest festival was really wonderful for us to see the church decorated with fruit . vegetables and flowers.
I will go to the link later. I am so behind with exercise for this week. HUGS and blog again soon please. Pat in Augusta Maine USA. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYWITKOSKI 11/25/2011 6:21PM

    Great garden!

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