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Fossils and Parsnips

January 15, 2012

The sun was shining, the sky was blue and we could see for miles – hardly a soul in front of us.  (The wind was bitterly cold, but you can’t feel that in a photo). The beloved is half sitting on a slightly sheltered spot on the beach at Charmouth eating a most delicious sandwich (his words) – Somerset Camembert cheese (seems wrong really) with rocket, watercress and cranberry sauce in a sesame topped bun.

The sun wasn’t too warm, but its light was beautiful and the fossils – the beach is full of them –  showed up really well. We found a couple of tiny ammonites, which had become fool’s gold, glinting enticingly in the sun. You can just see the outlines of a huge ammonite in one of the rocks, and the other ammonite looks very like a prehistoric eye. The tide was going out and the sand and  pebbles gave way to a hidden world of  large lumps of rock which gradually revealed themselves.  Very strange. But very peaceful too – just right for the wordpress weekly photo challenge.

As we  returned home in the growing darkness, the beloved asked “Do you think we could have some parship mash with dinner?” Because I’m not really a fan, I forget that people like parsnips – especially the beloved who has grown us an ample sufficiency. My challenge with parsnips is to try to make them taste like something different. But there are plenty of parsnips to experiment with and it seemed churlish to deny this simple pleasure. So we had mashed parsnip. Finely mashed with no lumps at all (and no butter or pepper or fine words either) and they were OK. (Arlo didn’t agree). The beloved said they were too sweet if anything, but I liked that.

Happy Birthday Annie!


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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    January 16, 2012 8:10 am

    Thank you.
    No parsnip mash saved for me on my Birthday?
    I’ll have to mash my own!

  2. Annie permalink
    January 16, 2012 8:12 am

    PS I see that Jess merited a mashed potato Moomin on her B’day. I expected a rabbit, at least!

  3. January 16, 2012 8:39 pm

    Sorry! There is an interestingly shaped parsnip I could dedicate to you though – could be a rabbit (in the dark with the light behind it)

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