Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Being a bit 'ugly' can be beautiful! You better read on.

It is not always the prettiest or the best presented that wins the day. The best cover does not always carry deliver the promise of a great story. The dog with the best 'papers' doesn't always turn out to be the most loyal friend. 'Where's he going with this?' you ask.
No, I am for a change not talking about my little Jack Russell, but I can of course at the drop of a hat.
I am thinking of something so much more simple, something that may be near you; in your drive or hanging over the fence between you and your neighbour.
How many of you have walked past that funny looking fruit, that is not at all as pretty as those 'beauties' in the fruit shop? You know, those huge delectable golden queens that seem to go by several different names now and variations on a theme. You get them home and they are hard, so you stick them in the fruit bowl, waiting for them to reach that perfection you associate from your youth. Yes they taste---OK, but there is often a tinge of disappointment when you bite into the flesh.
'Oh well; that's just how it is you say,' accepting yet another example of modern day life.
Now, take another look at those smaller and possibly slightly deformed fruit, some of which may even have the spots that appear, tending to discourage you from capturing their less than promising taste. YOU ARE MAKIN A HUGE MISTAKE!
Take the plunge---pick a few, leaving some for your neighbours. If they are not quite soft, they only take a day or too and they really do live up to their promise, small and less than pretty though they may be. The hidden treasure is within and the taste lives up to and exceeds your wildest dreams. Expect a taste explosion and maybe you will take better care of that ugly old tree, lichen-covered though it may be. Give it some love, care, some pruning and possibly a light spray of the 'natural' care brands. You will be surprised at how you will be rewarded. Golden Queen from the little old tree---you are indeed royal.

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