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Thursday, September 8, 2011

WHICH CAME FIRST -- THE TOMATOES OR THE WHISKEY


Growing tomatoes in a narrow sliver of a bed that runs the length of  an old dirt alley way  can be quite a challenge. Especially when you have to lean the tomato plants up against an old multi-story  commercial building. Maybe the stress of it all called for a drink or two . . .  Or maybe the empty bottle sitting on the door ledge above the tomato bed was found while digging the bed? But whatever was going on the plants knew to grow tall and heavy with tomatoes. 


I wonder which appeared first -- the tomatoes or the whiskey bottle?

23 comments:

  1. Hello Barbara:
    Well, in our case, there would be little hesitation before we decided on priorities. After all, there are greengrocers' shops!

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  2. Tomatoes look healthy and happy, the whiskey bottle looks sad and forlorn. Maybe there's a parable here?

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  3. Pretty old bottle! Bet the bottle was there first! I love digging around and finding bits and pieces of the past.

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  4. Yup, that bottle looks pretty old. Bet it was there first. But, I agree with June, it seems that there may be a lesson to be learned in the conjunction of the two.

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  5. What an interesting contrast, the decaying building and the vigorous tomato plants.
    I would guess the bottle turned up when the garden plot was dug. You find the most amazing things when you turn over the soil.

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  6. Jane and Lance -- Ahh, I hear you -- let the green grocers provide the tomatoes. -- barbara

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  7. June -- yes I believe there could be a parable to this photo. I can think of a few -- barbara

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  8. Mama-Bug -- I do believe that the bottle showed up when whoever was digging the bed. The lively fresh tomato bed sure livened up the alleyway and the old 1800s buildings on either side of it.
    -- barbara

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  9. Louise, Let me think. How about whiskey can take you down while plants take you up. Ahh -- just a try. Thanks -- barbara

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  10. Sheri -- The decaying building as background to the plants does give contrast for sure -- old life-- new life. -- barbara

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  11. Of course that old bottle grabbed my magpie eye!

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  12. And I for one love the contrast of new growth and old structures. Hope springs like a dandelion in a sidewalk crack, a sure sign that Nature will prevail. Dianne

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  14. Trying to leave a message again. Feel free to erase the others. Don't know why I have so much trouble with this site. My comment is this: I would love to pop one of those juicy tomatoes in my mouth. Also, the bottle looks very old and has the look of somthing buried for a while, so I think it was found by the person who dug the hole for the tomato plant. Dianne

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  15. A lovely shot -- and a wonderful juxtaposition!

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  16. Looks like that whiskey bottle has been there for a while, so I'd say it was there first. I wish my tomato plants still looked that good, they have just about died.

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  17. Janet -- Tomato plants around here look rather sad too. Except for this little alleyway sliver -- they were so healthy looking -- go figure. I took the photo last Saturday just before the big downpour arrived. I wonder what they look like now after all this rain. Thanks -- barbara

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  18. Vicki -- thanks for the nice comment. Almost ate a few of those cherry tomatoes before I left the alleyway --- but I was good, I didn't. -- barbara

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  19. Dianne -- I was so tempted to remove a few cherry tomatoes from the plants -- they were so healthy. I found it interesting that the bottle, while old, was left sitting on the ledge. Thanks -- barbara

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  20. Tess- Someday I am going to stop by the alleyway and see if the bottle is still there. Thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  21. I like the photo; tomatoes are good at making the side of any alley way look good. Though, old bricks are nice to look at too. It's fun to wonder about the story of the whisky bottle, it's the kind of scene that begins to tell a tale.

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