Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I Beg Your Chardon

I never promised you a thistle garden. Chardon being the French word for thistle, of course. And it doesn't rhyme with pardon. I know, I know.

Some variety of thistle.

Lots of these are showing up out around the vineyard right now. It's pretty when there are a bunch of them together. I do believe they're related to the artichoke. Certain members of the family are edible, but I'm not sure about this one. I'm not about to try it to find out.

6 comments:

  1. You're a poet and you didn't ( or did) know it ;p

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  2. OK, WCS - where did those words ( I never promised you a "rose" garden) come from????
    You are a little weird but I like you!!!!

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  3. Thank heavens you have not lost your sense of humor after several years in France. (Or should I say your sense of humor has not changed?)

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  4. Speaking of not trying to find if something tastes good, what do you suppose the guy was thinking when he looked at a snail and said, "Wow, I'll bet that would be great with a little garlic and butter"?

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  5. how lovely
    but i concur it does not look appetizing.

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  6. Yes, thistles are related to artichokes. The first time I was served an artichoke at a dinner party, I had never seen them eaten. I dutifully tore off a leaf, dipped it in the drawn butter and chewed my way through the whole leaf, which I thought was totally awful.

    Fortunately the hostess saw my last mouthful go in and immediately came to my side to explain quietly how it was done. I was SO grateful!

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