Today's Wonder of the World is...Cloves!
Flickr photo by rawallison
Come, sit yourself down with me and enjoy a mug of mulled cider
Flickr photo by Landonkeywest
and lets talk cloves.
Sam-I-Am, do you like them in a ham?
Flickr photo by violatuileries
By the way, is that not the most luscious photo of a Christmas ham that you've ever seen? Bravo, violatuileries!
Speaking of Christmas, we've packed up all our holiday decorations and put them back in the attic. But we're still enjoying these...
I couldn't bear to throw them out, even though the oranges are browning a little.
Have you ever studded oranges or lemons with cloves? Sam and I did those one Saturday a few weeks ago when we were feeling crafty, and they still smell wonderful!
I do love cloves in my cider--unless I forget to strain them out and end up chewing on one.
It's a good thing I didn't work for the emperor in 200BC China. He used to require anyone addressing him to speak with a clove in his mouth. Clove breath might be nice, but the talking might be tricky!
Have you ever seen a clove flower?
These cloves are growing in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Flickr photo by Planet Janet 111
After they're picked, they're set out to dry.
Flickr photo by Khorygan
This photo was taken in Bali. I'd love to stand there (or in Zanzibar, Tanzania) in a pretty island dress with a flower in my hair and breathe in the air.
After they're dried, cloves look more familiar.
Flickr photo by angelcream11233
It's such an interesting shape.
It reminds me of ball and claw feet on furniture. Do you see what I mean?
Flickr photo by Paper Mario
I hate to say it, but those always freak me out.
This does too.
Flickr photo by blackthorne56
Looks like a ball and claw--but it's a gourd! Remember the fun we had with the wonder of gourds?
It was fun while it lasted, but that gourd looks gross to me.
Let's change the subject. Let's go back to cloves.
I think I'll go put my claws around a few more oranges and make a fresh batch of clove studded fruit. Thanks to the fact that my husband can never say no to a school fundraiser, we have an army's supply of oranges!
Flickr photo by Aprile C
Have a wonder-full Monday, y'all!