Friday, November 2, 2007

Scatterday A

Scatterdays is bought to you by the letter A this week. It’s a long weekend here and we’re off to Bridport tonight and I’ll be on dial-up so I’m posting early! Maybe I’ll have time to read everyone’s Saturday this week!
I thought I would be inventive with my letter this time as I pinched the “Round thing” off the web.
An “A” is easy, especially if you have long rulers within reaching distance.

“Round things” stumped me, mind you I have been a bit brain dead and of course as soon as I look at everyone else’s photo’s I will wonder why I didn’t think of that, so “Arctic Circle” it is. Did you know there was also an Antarctic Circle? I didn't! But it didn't have a sign, so north it is!
“Vegetables” left me with Asparagus or Artichokes and I don’t like the latter. I didn't have my camera at the supermarket so I bought a bunch.
“Things you like the smell of” - I was introduced to Amarula in South Africa last year, it’s very drinkable, akin to Kahlua and Cream :-) with more of a caramel smell. Bother, I should have bought another bottle coming through Customs last month!

A bit of info re. Amarula here.
During February, at the height of the African summer, the olive green fruit of the Marula tree ripens to a golden yellow and its intense tropical fragrance floats on the warm summer breeze, luring various species of wild animals from miles around. In particular, herds of trumpeting elephant walk for days to gorge themselves on the fruit; and for this reason, the Marula tree has come to be known as "The Elephant Tree".
Only the female tree bears fruit succulent, tart, with an exotic flavour containing four times as much vitamin C as an average orange
Held to be a strong aphrodisiac, the Marula tree features prominently in many tribal fertility rites. So much so, that in ancient folklore it was known as "The Marriage Tree", and even today many rural people still conduct wedding ceremonies under its fertile branches.
I really should have bought more!


Pennie & David said...

Well done on your Round Thing Fran, it had me stumped for most of the week as well and when I told a friend she immediately said 'Asprin' I wonder if we'll see any of those today LOL cheers Pennie

Anonymous said...

It seems everyone found A harder than first thought. Well done.

Michelle Watters said...

Very inventive Fran. I like your choices.

Dy said...

Think I'm going to have to check out this Amarulo, sounds very interesting. I've seen a programme where elephants stuff themselves on the fermenting fruit of a particular tree and then roll around drunk for days - I wondering if this is the tree after what you've written?!

Liz Needle said...

Amarula sounds really interesting, Fran. I've never heard of it. I wonder if Marulas would grow here/