Friday, June 30, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5, June 30, 2017

1. Pickwick Lake (Sky Watch Friday)
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, June 25, 2017
Sunday was a beautiful day to be at Pickwick Lake. Our weather this month has been mostly sunny days, but with some rainy days that brought strong thunderstorms.

2. I could hardly believe my eyes...
Pickwick Lake, Pickwick, Tennessee, USA
...White Pelicans! In Tennessee!
I was very surprised to see them, but when I checked a few Internet sources, I found that White Pelicans have been seen on other large lakes in Tennessee. Now you know, you don't have to go all the way to the Gulf Coast to see Pelicans.

3. Recipe

Quick Fruit Tart

Pastry for a single crust pie
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
3 cups fruit
Additional sugar (about a teaspoon)

Place pastry in a pie plate. Mix sugar and flour together, and stir into fruit. Place fruit mixture in center of pie crust. Bring the edges of the crust up and fold together, leaving center of the tart open. Sprinkle additional sugar on the tart (crust and fruit, too). Bake at 400℉ for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

A friend gave me two cups of blackberries, and I had blueberries in the freezer. They were good together. If you want to make an apple or pear tart, cut the fruit into thin slices. You can add spices. For example, add cinnamon if you are making an apple tart.

4. Wildlife (Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 24, 2017
I looked out my dining room window last Saturday to discover a raccoon eating the sunflower seed we put on the ground for the doves!

It paused several times to look around in case our dog was near. The dog was asleep on the front porch the whole time the raccoon was in the back yard!

5. Cypress Vine (Floral Friday Fotos)
Prentiss County, Mississippi. USA, June 24, 2017
Cypress Vine, Ipomoea quamoclit, is a fast-growing tropical vine that readily reseeds itself. Its feathery leaves and small dainty flowers keeps it from being considered a nuisance plant. The most commonly seen color is red; I bought this white one at a Master Gardeners plant sale last year in Tupelo.

Have a wonderful week-end!

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  1. Nice series of photos, Lea. Great shots of the raccoon and the pelicans!

  2. that tart sure looks good and how nice that the raccoon poised for you!

  3. That's a wonderful lake, and the photos are stunning. I like the raccoon, there's something about it that makes me chuckle. Thanks for sharing and best wishes to you!

  4. pickwick lake looks like a really nice place to go and how lucky to see the pelicans! love the little raccoon..sadly i only see them as roadkill :( that tart looks delicious! i might have to make one this weekend! pretty flower! thank you for linking up lea! have a great weekend!

  5. Cypress Vine!!! THANK YOU - I had this plant growing in a yard - and enjoyed it - never knew the proper name for it - a neighbor took it upon herself to come tear down all the vines in my yard when I as gone . . . made me sad. I'll remember the name - perhaps someday I'll have a yard that allows it to thrive.

    I notice we are "twins" - (chose the same marvelous background . . made me so happy to see . . )

    Your photos are fabulous. Thank you -

    Oh! Once I passed Pyramid Lake in Nevada - it's kinda in the middle of nowhere - with stark desert all around - sitting on a rock was a pelican - Many years later i continue to remember and wonder about that. The ones in your picture look pleased with life.

    Happy Weekend to YOU!

  6. Hello, what a great variety. Your fruit tart looks yummy. I love the views of the water, pelicans and the raccoon. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  7. A pelican of any color would be a rare sighting in my neck of the woods, too, but we do see lots of raccoons. :) Someday they might rule the world.

  8. Lovely post. The pelican is one of my favorite birds -- especially the brown pelican. The bandit stealing ---!!!!!!! I love fruit tarts. Makes my mouth water! Happy Friday!

  9. LOL, so much for your watchdog! Asleep on the job!! Great captures of the raccoon.

  10. A nice selection of photos. I love that raccoon and those pelicans, great shots!

  11. Lea -- I loved this slice of life in Tennessee. most of the pelicans in Florida that we see are the brown/gray ones. I actually saw some white ones in Colorado when we were there last week visiting our kids!! They seem to get around .... There used to be a pie shop here near us (we're in Oregon now) that made a locally famous black and blue pie -- same berries you used, both grow beautifully around here. And now I'm so hungry for your tart... I'm going to try that recipe! Easier than a a pie and just as good. Love the watchful raccoon.

  12. Hello Lea!:) Your shot of Pickwick lake is lovely, must be a local beauty spot, and to see Pelicans there must have been a thrill. Your pie is simply mouth watering to look at, and I can imagine how yummy it was to eat. Thanks for the recipe, I'm going to try it out. Lovely shots of the Racoon!:)

  13. How fun to spot the pelicans. That's a pretty big raccoon, too. The tart looks so tasty to me.

  14. I loved to see your raccoon Lea. I wish we had that animal in the UK - simply beautiful.

  15. Hello, I am stopping back to say thank you for linking up your post. I love the pelicans, the raccoon is cute. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  16. Cute raccoon, hope he enjoyed the seeds. Happy 4th.

  17. Oh yes! Summer blackberries! My idea of heaven! I love the raccoon...wish we'd see them here. I know we have them.

  18. Great post and wonderful photos! I'm on my way to the store to get some blackberries even though I do have apples. I have had a craving for blackberry pie and your recipe looks for good and so simply, and best of all just enough for two with not a lot of leftovers to tempt overeating.


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