I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, August 13, 2010

Imaginary Watermelons

This week my farmers market had lots of cute little watermelons! They are called Sugar Babies and are so adorable, seedless and sweet!

We've been making yummy non-fruit recipes with watermelon this year: wonderful salsa! Chop with tomato, peppers, and fresh cilantro. Great spooned on quesadillas or with chips.

And an exquisitely fresh salad, perfect with grilled chicken or steak: chopped watermelon, diced cucumber, a bit of red onion and minced fresh garlic, fresh basil, pearl mozzarela, with a dash of balsamic vinegar and black pepper. Oooh! So yummy!

One of the odd but delightful treasures we find on the beach is watermelon slice-shaped driftwood. A little odd, but so amusing.

The pieces are rare finds, just one or two---maybe three--- are found each year! The texture on this piece below alread looks like green watermelon rind, doesn't it? I haven't yet decided how to save that, use that.

Probably it was the wedge cut into a large tree by loggers, to fell it...far, far perhaps in Maine?

I carefully wash the driftwood finds and dry them thoroughly, then I paint them, in perfectly watermelon hues of green and red. I use carpet tacks, upholstry nails and other found items for the black seeds.

This is a new piece below  that my daughter found. It's unusual to find good driftwood in the summer, when both currents and competition are against us,lol.

It is very large and wonderful---look at that cute bite taken out of the edge. I love it!

Um...folkart, right?

So fun! No nibbling!



                 ....gone to the beach