Well this was to be a brief update after the hiatus of November and time away (it got longish) … I’ve been trickling along at a snail’s pace … with ‘interruptions’ of a funeral to help arrange and …
|Top half of issue Nov 1982 - this is the Great Blizzard of 1891
(link below) sent to me in South Africa by my mother
… taking over the organisation of a monthly dinner for +/- sixty - seventy … but with us both having incompatible software – ne’er mind … next year we start afresh: or rather I do … and I think we’re almost there!
I’ve got used to having ‘meetings’ or get-togethers in buses, or for some reason charity shops … I’m donating or friends and I are just quickly looking for a missing item – that we might find which won’t cost us a fortune. Free buses are a boon, for those without a car …
|Escargots served in their shells
Snails came up via the Beeb … but then the muddled grey cells also came into play … I thought I’d spotted a snail article in that November 1982 Western Morning News Souvenir compilation –mostly photos …
|Frogcatchers (1930s) ... on sale
out of a Sunlight soap box!
… but it was about frogcatchers in the 1930s in western Cornwall – they were, I hate to say it, used in medical research – which frankly after the Depression was a useful evil for those who were able to earn a few pennies to feed their families.
Back to the American snails – ne’er a story to be missed … one of those ‘believe it or not’ slithery tales … Taylor Knapp, a chef, who after spending time in Europe realised there was an opening to put fresh (cooked and rather than tinned) escargots on the menu …
These slow moving slippery critters had been around since the 1850s … they’d got past the US Customs Service, which had been in existence since 1789 and were happily breeding in California.
George Washington, (and I have something to tell you about him too,) signed the Tariff Act of July 4, 1789 – appropriate date.
|Escargots in a snail dish with herby bread
Taylor fund-raised, worked to set their living quarters up – a greenhouse – Alcatraz style – passing the USDA’s strictures and hey presto – fresh French escargots could be on the menu.
The farm is in Washington state … so heliculture is rife on both coasts … and Taylor is aiming to expand his sales beyond the saturated market of New York.
I don’t want to bedazzle you with a new word at the end of 2019 – but perhaps heliculture could be brought into posts in 2020?
It is the science and occupation of growing snails for food. (Blend of New Latin Helix, genus of spiral-shelled molluscs from Greek helix, and culture.)
I thought I’d found more information on frog-catching in Cornwall … but no – it was ‘the crowning event’, at a Rolls-Royce picnic in Canada, when live frog-catching in a pond of very rich in muddy clay was the last children’s game … after the sack race, three-legged race et al … their enthusiasm brought results: the frogs being released after the count.
|Frog Larva about to metamorphose
What the Rolls Royces look like afterwards isn’t told … but relating back to that era – the maidservants, chauffeurs and retainers presumably would have had to deal with the mess … while the family carried on with their lives.
My life at my snail’s pace is comfortable – a few things get done – then an interlude while I deal with things … and so it goes – I am sorting my Ma’s and my own papers out – clearing the decks and am finding all sorts …
|The bottom half of the Souvenir - this shows
coach and horses pulling out of
Okehampton, West Devon
… but once done – then that’s it and makes life easier for me, or should something happen – then ‘things be sorted’ … a number of things going to charity or appropriate friends/family … it takes time.
I have been out and about a bit … on a number of tours, to museums and to my goddaughter’s family near Milton Keynes – which proved a very interesting informative long weekend – where George Washington came in …
Now to think about the WEP/IWSG challenge about ‘Footprints’ … Christmas and the New Year … after which more posts will be forthcoming …
Great Blizzard of 1891 (9 – 13 March) Wiki post … but see Weather Events listed in a table under the wiki entry … interesting! I’m glad I was out of the country in the 1980s …
|My wellie boot imprint in
I also wandered off looking for escargot photos with fresh bread … but came across this Brit – who has opened a snail farm ineastern France – fascinating read!
... interesting ideas for snail recipes too … sausages, smoked snails with goats’ cheese and fig, snails with Roquefort and walnut butter in a wafer case, “tikka masala snails” are all loved by the locals and expanding clientele …
Take care my footprints are on their way …
... and last but not least - of course I could have had frogs legs as an appetiser ... forgot that!
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