6 days ago
Let me tell you the story of these hard-earned plums and holy smoke flowers (that make good smudge-smoke). so there i am in the field. i have about an hour before sunset and it’s nice and cloudy- about 75. it’s early for plums so they are like red and green orbs all hung over the trees like perfect little christmas ornaments.
i hear some coyotes. i hear some cows. i hit a snag in the vine and my snippers break. the cows sound a lot closer than i would have thought. didn’t realize they were in the plum field. there’s two that are now blocking my path. i’m peering around to see - boy or girl(?). sure as these pair of plums in my hand one is a little bull. the cows in india were docile. but these texas cows man, they expect some cubes! none of which i had. stampede was eminent.
everything turns on me. the mosquitos are the size of hummingbirds. i step in a sticker patch then accidentally poke my hand through a spider web trying to get a plum. sorry mrs. spider! the bees are getting agitated and i’m wondering if a hive is close by. the ground rustles - snake, rabbit, mouse? if this is the last sun-ripened plum i eat, i’ll die happy.
back to the harmless cow. does he know i’m vegan now? like right now? the pair mosey through to the next field and i have my chance. picking party is over. i navigate back to home base successfully with enough for a few batches of cinnamon wild plum jelly and the base for some holy smoke. #holysmoke #plumjelly #wildplum #texasplum #plumfoolery #organic #vegan #smudgestick #smudge