Monday, November 3, 2008
Buddha's Hand and ............................... A DRAWING FOR A FREE GIFT !
PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THIS POST !
You've probably realized I like gardening, but to go along with that I also like cooking with things I harvest from my garden. All summer I didn't have much time to appreciate my garden with all the watering and weeding and then there was all the time I spent with clay. But now that our weather is in a cooling trend, I've had a little more time to walk in my garden and enjoy all I have planted here. Much to my delight today, I saw some of my Buddha's Hand, or fingered citron, are ripening.
I planted this citrus tree as an oddity in the garden. Since that time I learned there are lots of reasons to recommend this tree. My tree is only 4 feet tall, if that, and it has at least eleven Buddha hands on it. There are probably more on the other side of the tree.
Carolyn Carter, of sanfranciscofoodie.com described the fruit as "what looked like a piece of yellow coral". Carolyn provides an easy recipe on her site for Candied Buddha's Hand Citron. In addition to using the fruit for cooking the fruit is also very fragrant. It is said to freshen a whole room if picked and placed there. The tree has ancient origins and is one of the oldest members of the citrus family.
I am not a Buddhist, but I collect Buddha statues. To go along with the Buddha's hand, here are some photos of my small Buddha collection. Since I am always running around trying to do too much, I am drawn to the peacefulness Buddha statues seem to emanate. I like looking at my Buddhas as I go about my daily life. I have several Buddha statues placed in various locations around my home.
This small collection of Buddhas are inexpensive, probably resin, but I like their happy countenance. (Please disregard the dust, I don't have time for that now that I've found clay). This group graces the lower shelf by the front door and brings good will to all who enter and all who leave.
This Buddha graces the shelf in my family room. I went to a local fund raiser several years ago and there was a silent auction and I was lucky enough to obtain this statue. The statue is solid concrete and the detail is amazing. This statue would be beautiful in ceramic, don't you think?
This next Buddha is in the bathroom. I hope it isn't sacrilegious to have a Buddha statue in the bathroom, but the wood fits in nicely with the decor and he looks like he is doing his morning stretches.
This colorful Buddha is placed on the upper shelf of a stand on the screen porch. I found this Buddha in a run down thrift store in a little town I was passing through one day and he called out to me. He watches over the my newly installed kiln. From the looks of his happy expressions, I think I'll have many wonderful firings. He's so colorful I think he's capable of positively influencing kiln firings far and wide.
I just realized I don't have a Buddha statue for my new studio conversion, so I'll be on the lookout for one to grace the shelves there too. Today, I have a few more platters and casserole dishes to glaze. Some of these are going to be a re-glaze from the load which didn't reach Cone 9. Hopefully they'll come out looking OK this time. Remember purple surprise, if it doesn't turn out this time, I'll post a photo, you'll have a real good laugh. Stay tuned.
GUESS WHAT? .... THIS IS POST # 100 !!!
To celebrate I will put all the names of those making a comment (one comment per person, please) on this post in a hat. I will then draw the name of one person to receive a gift, maybe even two or three gifts. I'm a generous person and it's a surprise from me. I will announce and post the winner here on this blog next week. At that time the winner can send me an email with their shipping address so I can send them their prize shipped to them free of charge by me. (sorry, free shipping to this continent only - shipping to other areas will be negotiable). The winner should send me a photo via email of them receiving their gift(s) so I can post a photo of them on my blog. Good luck!