Monday, November 29, 2021

You scratch my back...

These are cynorhodon (rose hips) from the églantier (wild or dog rose), common along the edges of the vineyard road and woods around us. They provide a nice touch of red this time of year. According to Wikipedia, a common name for these is gratte-cul (butt scratcher). Apparently, the fibers inside the hip cause an itchy rash when they come into contact with human skin. Who was the unfortunate one to find that out first, I wonder?

You are advised not to rub these on your backside. Or any other side.

We're down to freezing again this morning. At least the precipitation seems to be over. Until Wednesday, when a warmer system is expected. December will be coming in like a... uh... goat?


  1. Oooh, ham, cheese and mushroom pizza today!

  2. They are pretty.
    I too wonder who was the unfortunate to have learned the nickname the hard way.

  3. judy, they were good, if I do say so myself. I didn't take any photos, though.

    michael, I'm glad it wasn't me...


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