Sunday, July 02, 2006

Misfits here? -- "be ye kind one to another"

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32 (King James Version).

first, verse 31, "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:"
[click on pictures to enlarge]


Fruit and china may not go together, like in the first picture.

The misfits here though, are those horse apples.

Horse apples aren't edible, they grow wild on the wild trees around here, and just aren't very pretty.**

Is there any purpose for them? God does not make mistakes.

Some people use them to keep away the roaches and other bugs around the house.

Horses may eat them, I don't know. I keep threatening to sneak a Horse Apple Pie recipe into the next edition of the Bentwater Ladies Golf Association (BLGA) cookbook.

And "beauty is in the eyes of the beholder."***
** Horse Apple
[from Osage-Orange, Wikipedia (

The Osage orange (sometimes hyphenated) or Osage apple or simply Osage (Maclura pomifera) is an ornamental plant in the mulberry family Moraceae. It is also locally known as mock orange, "wild orange", hedge-apple, horse-apple, hedge ball, bois d'arc, bodark (or bowdark mainly in Oklahoma and Texas), bodart (in northwest Louisiana), bodock (mainly in Tennessee and Alabama), and bow wood. "Osage" derives from the Native American people inhabiting the valley of the river of the same name in Missouri. Slang terms for its inedible fruit include monkey brain, monkey ball, monkey orange, and brain fruit, due to its brain-like appearance. [more]

*** Beauty Notes:

1. "Twas Plato coined the phrase "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder", and I have come to believe that this adage has been misinterpreted - rather than the "To each his own" interpretation, which to me seems a bit of a cop-out . . . (more)

2. Shakespeare poem, My Mistress' Eyes (source)

3. also modern Poem by Edwina Matthews


Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder

Beauty is in all things.

Beauty is in the sky.

Beauty is in the water ever so blue.

Beauty is the winter when trees are covered with snow.

Beauty is the summer when you smell and see the flowers grow.

Beauty is all things big and little.

Beauty is in all things,

Black and white.

Beauty is in all things, you and me.

Beauty is all around us...can't you see?

Horse apple tree as seen from our back balcony

Lovely tree Jim. Send the horse apples to the ones that live in my pasture. Nah..they eat well.
The only horse apples I ever heard of come FROM horses...
Just goes to show that you CAN learn something new every day.
And that IS a nice looking tree, in the eye of this beholder.
I have heard of horse apples but those look more like what we called hedge apples and you sure didn't eat the hedge apples!

Pretty tree!

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