A Plum Job

The Autumn Equinox/Mabon ‘spoke’ on the Wheel of the Year has rolled around once again and I’ve been busy washing, slicing, de-stoning, and stewing plums. The funny thing was, when my husband came home with a HUGE box of plums after visiting his parents and extended family on a farm in Goulburn, it didn’t even occur to me that it was nearly Mabon and that preserving fruit etc from this autumn harvest time was a “very Mabon thing to do”. All I could see was a mountain of hard work to add to all the other stuff I already had waiting, but I pretended to be pleased at the prospect of working my way through all 10kg of this plum job. 😉

I really need to get outside more and spend less time here at my computer, and less time inside the house in general, as sometimes I feel a little disconnected from the Earth and the seasons, and even lose track of what moon phase we’re in at the moment. Life just seems too busy, with never enough time to just stop and “smell the roses” (or prune them, which is why I have rose trees in my overgrown garden now). Anyway, after the Mabon/plum connection finally dawned on me I felt a bit happier about the time I was to spend in the kitchen as at least now I could con myself into enjoying it more by looking at it in slightly more “Pagan” terms of reconnecting with the seasons, instead of just boring, tedious work …well, that was the plan.

I decided also that I might as well go “all out” and document this momentous occasion, as it has been quite a few years since I last cooked the fruits of a huge home harvest like this one, hence the pretty pictures from the photo session I had with the plums. A few of the plums are shown above in a fruit bowl lovingly handcrafted for me by my grandfather many years ago. 😀

Somehow over time I’ve lost interest in my own veggie garden, although my husband has now rekindled his interest in it so it is not languishing. Like my grandparents before me, I used to grow veggies and make jams, pickles and stew homegrown fruits according to the seasons. But in more recent times I seem to be spending my life at the computer instead …comes with being a “web master” or “website manager” I guess. At least I can always Google to see what season or moon phase it is, lol.

I wasn’t able to cook all the plums at once so the first 5kg batch were cooked in my biggest saucepan and turned into jam. Well, kind of …the jam didn’t set properly, so I added guar gum to help it along, but that went lumpy in every wrong way possible so then I had to “fix” it with a stick blender, lol. It’s very smoooooooth but yum, and is also good on icecream. The second 5kg batch were cooked for a shorter time so they can be used as dessert fruit, over cereals for breakfast or just enjoyed on their own. Of course we ate quite a few of the plums raw as well, but the huge haul of ripe fruit wasn’t going to last very long so cooking and preserving was the only option, which of course is what you would expect at Mabon.

Bon appetit! 😀

 

 

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  1. I love how you reconnected with the project by turning it into a ritual occasion! Also, I like the clouds along the side of the blog.

    When you used the term Wheel-of-the-Year it reminded me of something….I never knew that was a Wiccan term until recently. I’d heard it once and thought it sounded lovely because that is how I’ve always seen time, more as a wheel or a spiral than linear. I used the phrase in Alex & my year round cooking series & I’m getting a lot of site hits from Wiccans looking for cooking ideas who probably think it is weird to see recipes for Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, etc. I don’t like to indiscriminately borrow from other people’s traditions, even accidentally, so I’ve stopped using the phrase in the series.

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    1. Yep, I had to do something to get “enthusiastic” about so many of the little critters, lol. Glad you like the clouds too. 😀

      I remember reading “Wheel-of-the-Year” in your cooking series and thinking how nice it was to see it used in a non-pagan context…kinda like another little similarity between slightly different belief systems. Many traditions speak of circles and cycles and it just seems natural to think of things that way so I don’t think it really matters if you use the term. Still, I guess there’s probably someone out there who might get their knickers in a knot over it so it’s probably best not to use it if you don’t feel comfortable about doing so. 🙂

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  2. Good Morning Jenny, or perhaps evening where you are.

    Just wanted to let you know about a major intention experiment Dr. Emoto is doing with the water at the nuclear site in Japan. So far over 37,000 are participating worldwide and growing. It starts today through April 10th. If I’m reading correctly it is to be done some time between 12-3 p.m. Here is the prayer:

    http://emotopeaceproject.blogspot.com/2011/04/prayer-ceremony-for-water-of-fukushima.html

    Also, I want to thank you for the supportive comments you left on my blog yesterday. The suppport from everyone means so much and is really helping me get through it, so thank you.

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    1. Hi Suzanne,

      Yes, it’s evening here so I guess it’s still morning for you. 🙂 Thank you for letting me know about the Emoto Peace Project and the Prayer Ceremony for the Water. I’ll certainly be happy to add my intentions to this over the next 9 days.

      Sending (((healing and hugs))) your way.

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