A Hedge for the Children

Written by Janette Blackwell

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Whenrepparttar black raspberries got ripe, neighborhood grownups and children gathered to gobble down undisciplined berries warm withrepparttar 148906 sun and eye each other and laugh for sheer happiness.

As a hedge, they were a mistake. As a treat, they were fabulous.

The main hedge facingrepparttar 148907 street was a row of Nanking cherry bushes about eight feet high. In early spring they were covered with tiny pearl-like buds and white blooms. In summer they glistened with red cherries within lush green growth. The cherries tasted like a cross between pie cherries and sweet cherries. They were good.

One summer day I looked outrepparttar 148908 window and saw a little boy coming downrepparttar 148909 street. I didn't recognize him, but he apparently recognized ripe cherries when he saw them. He stopped and stared atrepparttar 148910 bushes, then moved in closer. I was about to go torepparttar 148911 door and tell him to take allrepparttar 148912 cherries he wanted, but then I realized he was trying a new maneuver. He turned around facingrepparttar 148913 street and began to back up torepparttar 148914 bushes. Aha! I thought. That kid's had some education that didn't come from books.

His technique was pretty good. He looked blandly intorepparttar 148915 distance asrepparttar 148916 branches behind him jiggled up and down. When his hands were filled with cherries, he started off running. And I ran too -- torepparttar 148917 door. I meant to call out, "Little boy! Little boy! Come back." But then I realized that would just make him run faster.

I wanted to say, "You can eat my cherries all afternoon, if you like." But by that time, in a splendid burst of speed, he had roundedrepparttar 148918 corner and was out of sight.

You can come back any time, little boy.

Find Janette Blackwell’s storytelling country cookbook, STEAMIN’ DOWN THE TRACKS WITH VIOLA HOCKENBERRY, at Food and Fiction, http://foodandfiction.com/Entrance.html -- or visit her Delightful Food Directory at http://delightfulfood.com/main.html


Written by Greg Pilson

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What Materials Should Hummingbird Houses or Feeders be made of?

Hummingbird feeders and houses are usually made of acrylic or glass. They are also available in wood and plastic; however these do not work as effectively and may cause harm torepparttar birds (slivers and cuts). Hummingbird houses and feeders come in a variety of sizes and shapes and usually contain numerous feeding areas throughoutrepparttar 148872 feeder.

Where Should I Put My Hummingbird Feeder?

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How Much Do Hummingbird Feeders Cost?

The styles and designs differ so much that it’s difficult to determine a specific price. Hummingbird feeders and houses can cost anywhere from $10 to $50 - depending onrepparttar 148874 style, design and features.

Greg Pilson is an avid bird watcher who also dabbles in freelance photography of his favorite subjects. He writes as a freelance writer for http://www.birdfeedersdirect.com – a site that offers information about various types of bird feeders, bird houses information and more.

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