Tuesday, August 19, 2008

E is for Early Rivers in ABC Wednesday

I am showing you one of the most important memories of my childhood: The Early Rivers Plum. This plum grows on a tree that is more than fifty years old and the taste is still as good as ever.

Imagine climbing such a tree and eating plums to your heart's content. Imagine doing the same fifty years later. A bit stiffer (me, not the plum) perhaps, but the taste is still there - fruity, sweet, delicious - like a gigantic, sweet, blue grape.

The grape of the North.


















Today's post is part of the the third round of ABC Wednesday. The founder, Denise Nesbitt, has changed the rules to make the system more practical. There is now a no-comment blog where you can post a copy or short version of your post with a link-back to your original post for the full version and comments. Scanning through this no-comment blog will give you a nice Encyclopedia of Es! She has also set up a new site where you can log on via Mr. Linky if you want to do that.

48 comments:

Kim from Hiraeth said...

That is gorgeous--the fruit and the photo!

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

Hello RUNEE<
Happy ABC and I like your Earkly rivers and the "ËTERNITY theme" Thank you for your great post.

MY E is about"Endless" come and see:)

JoAnn-D-Eyes

Gary said...

I often wonder if the fruit I 'scrumped' from the local orchard as a lad tastes as good today as it did then. I'm sure it does - but getting it would be a major problem - too much barbed wire, broken glass and electrified fence to scale these days!

Gary

Ivar Ivrig said...

I agree with Gary. And my first thought when I saw this beautiful picture was that I wanted to go scrimping again. See you, I'll be back soon ;-)

Ackworth Born said...

great post but for me you can leave your plums on the tree, I'm not a fruit-lover.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

i know just what to do with those plums (crumble dessert)

marina said...

You describe it so representative that I see it live in front of me!!!

Texas Travelers said...

Photo is great and terrific looking plums.

Nice "E" today.
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Troy and Martha

ellen b. said...

how wonderful to still be enjoying the fruit on this tree so many years from your first memories. It looks delicious!!

CaBaCuRl said...

A lovely memory & a tease for us still in the depths of winter. I love the colour combination too of the greens & the ...well, plum colour.

Liz said...

What a great memory to have. And that plum looks and sounds delicious. Victoria plums are in season now here and their season is very short. They are my favourites and I eats loads of them in a very short period!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I have been trying to get your photo to load for the longest time without success... I will keep trying! Obviously no one else is having the trouble!
Thanks for the comment about the lenses for the Canon... I really do appreciate it a lot!! It really will help.

Catherine said...

Gorgeous image!
Cat

Tommy said...

what a great looking plum...

david mcmahon said...

You have a plum job, Sir!

I'd never heard of that variety. Great shot, though.

leslie said...

How wonderful...I love plums but right off the tree is best. You've taken me back in my memory to spending summers with my aunt and uncle who had an orchard in the Okanagan region of BC.

photowannabe said...

Ummm Yum. Sweet juicy fruit right from the tree. There is nothing better. Its the perfect name for E.

Old Wom Tigley said...

This post takes mer back a bit to my youth when Apples Pears and Plums seemed to grow in every other garden... now they are far and few between... Great E post

Neva said...

A lovely E.I love plums.

shutter happy jenn said...

Truth be told, I still haven't tasted a real plum. This looks delicious!

My E picture is now posted, too! You can check it out HERE if you have the time. Thanks!

Louise said...

Beautiful picture. And what a memory!

Bear Naked said...

Beautiful photo.
I KNOW there is no way I would be able to climb that tree now.

Bear((( )))

magiceye said...

Excellent, sweet and fruitful representation!

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ArneA said...

Mitt plommetre vil ikke levere i år.
Har sett en håndfull grønne, men de tar vel vepsen snart.
Ikke jord for plommer her oppe

Blue said...

Scrumping plums I remember it well - much prefered them to apples.
And, it's wonderful that your old tree still bares fruit for you to enjoy.

Gordon said...

A great post; the plum looks delicious.

Deslilas said...

A voir et à manger !
To be seen and eaten !

naturglede said...

Nå fikk jeg lyst på plommer. Ha en fin dag med ABC.

me ann my camera said...

It looks luscious and delicious! And it comes with such a wonderful memory too. An enticing E!

D Herrod said...

cool

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Hi, me again. None of your photos will open on your blog for me. Nothing. Not one photo, only text. I have done everything on my computer to empty cache, etc and still no luck. =( I will see if I can work it out...
~Michele~

babooshka said...

What a lovley personal choice. Interesting to see what is evokes ones persons memories.

Greyscale Territory said...

This plum looks like a feast of magic! Almost exotic!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Me again, The Link says it can't find the server at www.uib.no.
I'm not having trouble with any other blog at this time but I will not give up at this. I will keep trying and see what is happening here. It would be a crying shame if I don't have access to your photography as I have learned so much from you!
I'll keep you posted.
~Michele~

kjpweb said...

Beautiful - makes my mouth water!
Cheers, Klaus

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Wonderful photo, Rune, and a lovely "E." That plum looks so yummy!

Anu said...

A geat looking plum.
Happy ABC!
My 'E' for Elephant headed God

Ivar Ivrig said...

Har nettopp gått til anskaffelse av en Sigma 70mm 1:2.8 DG Macro. Har hatt den i 5 dager og så langt veldig fornøyd. Takk for tilbakemeldingen :-)

Miss_Yves said...

Beautiful post !memories of chilhood are the best!
Beautiul light!
-Beautiful song "imagine"!
Miss Yves

John said...

Nok et flott bilde, Rune.
Har plomme tre selv, men det var dårlig med plommer på det i år.

Ida said...

Her er plommetreet propp fullt av plommer for tiden også. Vi spiser og spiser + at jeg konserverer noen også. MÅ jo lage noe spennende ut av noen, slik at vi kan nyte litt av høstens grøde til vinteren.
Men, det kommer jeg tilbake til.... ;)

Sandi McBride said...

My favorite fruit of all...wish I had just two seeds from it, lol, I'd grow my own!!
Sandi

Tash said...

A photo that grabs one's attention & wishes to be able to grab the plum. Thanks for reminscing with us. I remember eating fresh figs & white peaches picked off of my grandmother's trees in Pula, Croatia and trowing rocks at apple trees & getting some tasty treats in the neighborhoods of Tuzla, Bosnia where I grew up. In Switzerland, our friends made a superb tart with plums - just dough, minced almonds & sweet plums.

AVCR8TEUR said...

It does look sweet & juicy. I love plums, but not so much for the skin.

Middle Ditch said...

Hi, Runee. I saw you on Gerald's blog and I think I visited you before.

That fruit looks scrumptious and I can imagine how it taste.

Nydia said...

What a privilege to be able to go back and live one of your childhood's delights! This is not something we hear of often! Great post.

Kisses from Nydia.

Gramma L said...

That is a gorgeous looking plum. We planted a plum tree in our backyard - it's not doing so well. Were not sure what the problem is. Maybe not enough sun, and to humid.

Paulie said...

Looked so yummy that I wanted to pick it off the screen to eat! The light captured through the leaves is fascinating also.