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Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Climate crisis and pastries

Sweet Joe Pie Weed was in bloom here. In many places it's already gone to seed.

ER Correction by Tom....your Joe Pye Weed is sedum, perhaps Autumn Joy!

Thanks Tom!


It was noon at Four Sisters Bakery on Church St...right behind the Red Rocker Inn.



By the time my friend got there and we ordered our pastries and drinks, it had started to drizzle. But we kind of tucked under the eve of the building and had a most enjoyable conversation about the climate crisis, and her planned art/sculptural installation of hundreds of people who are affected by loss of their supportive climate, i.e. clean water, shelters, food, clothing, livelihoods. I talked mainly as a clay adviser, and think I helped her with a design which may be easier to build many little people with self drying clay.

As always, I enjoy talking with her. When I left I told her I always feel stretched whenever we talk together.

Today's quote:

It is said that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn.

PAUL COEHLO

23 comments:

  1. It's good to have friends like that who can inspire us and make us think a little more deeply. I had a handful of colleagues like that when I was working and I rather miss that kind of interaction since I've retired and we've all become somewhat isolated by the pandemic.

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    1. I'm glad to hear you also have experienced that "great minds" feeling with friends. I sometimes have had that kind of deep conversation with some of my sons...but not lately. Phones are limiting...especially if there are other family members in the conversations...somehow things become more trivial.

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  2. Hello,
    The Joe pye-weed is pretty! I saw a Monarch yesterday, they are migrating now. The patio looks nice, sorry it had to drizzle during your visit. Take care, enjoy your day.

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    1. Oh how wonderful to have seen a Monarch. I haven't seen many this year. Have a good mid-week.

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  3. ...your Joe Pye Weed is sedum, perhaps Autumn Joy!

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    1. So I brought your comment into the text of the post. Thank you. I have also looked at my friend's Sedum and Joe Pie Weed in her yard this afternoon, to continue my confusion. Different shaped plants with similar flowers!

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  4. Perhaps Tom is correct, but a rose by any other name ... :)

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    1. Thanks, AC. It is educational to have you all giving me comments...I think they are usually very interesting. So much better than the blah "likes" and "loves" and "laughs" on FaceBook. I enjoy so much reading what a friend says about whatever the topic may be!!

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    1. Not sure to what you're referring. Perhaps Sedum? I doubt that you haven't had those interesting conversations like I mentioned.

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  6. Lovely photos and nice to know you had a pastries, drinks, and a good conversation with a friend. Pretty flowers too.

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    1. I plan to meet her again this Fri. for me to drink herbal tea, but avoid the nicely fattening pastry. I may try to bring a sandwich since I will probably want something to much on.

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  7. Oh thanks...I can always learn things about plants!

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  8. It's rare and delightful to have such conversations. I know little about the names of plants (unless I've bought them) but I know what I like!

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    1. I think you've shared about the plants around you before, and yes, the ones you purchase do have the most meaning. I hope to have another conversation with my friend this Fri, without pastry since I'm aiming to lose some weight.

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  9. I'd like to meet up with friends like that but hasn't happened yet because of Covid and moving to a new state.

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    1. I miss going to church, even being vaccinated and wearing masks and being socially distant...where I have usually made new friends in new towns. So I feel for you hanging out with just interacting with those who sell things and fix things...a rather limited opportunity to make friends ...sorry about that.

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  10. Barbara, I'd never heard of Sweet Joe Pie Weed...but it is surely attractive! Climate change...one of the many challenges, both politically and in reality that face us as well as the rest of the world. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. It ended up being Sedum, so don't believe everything I say! And I just called it Sweet, the plant doesn't have that name. So glad you're interested in climate change on the two levels that are now needing our energies...share some links if you have some that you have been reading. I'm reading Treehugger daily newsletters.

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  11. It's always nice when we give others inspiration. Never heard of Sweet Joe Pie Weed, that is when Tom's knowledge comes in handy. :)

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    1. It wasn't Joe Pie Weed (not sweet either) and I found some in one of my friend's gardens of both plants. No wonder I got it confused!

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  12. A friend who stretches you is excellent to have.

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    1. I guess I didn't realize she does that when we have conversations till that time. I enjoyed being with her on my trip out west in 2019...five days driving out there, and four driving back...we kind of settled into silences after a while!

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