Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

Since fall is in the air, the weather could soon prevent your going outside. Take this time to get out and enjoy Outdoor Wednesday. Susan, A Southern Daydreamer, and her friends, will delight you with their showings.

These are called muscadines. They are in the grape family from the South with musky fruits grown in small clusters. Georgie is the largest producer of these. However, they are also a native of East Texas.

These lighter, brownish color ones are sometimes called scuppernags. They are a much sweeter variety. Both are used for making jelly and jam. But most of all just plain on eating.

For several years, my family and I have traveled to East Texas to gather these muscadines. The gentleman that has the vines is 86 years young. Honestly, for his age, he gets around and does great. You should be able to see large clusters on these vines, but due to the weather and him not able to keep them pruned enough, they did not have as many this year as usual. The pictures above of the clusters came off the internet.

Last weekend my sister and I went to East Texas for our annual trip. It was not the best of weekends. It rained and rained. However, it did not stop us from going after them. You see my sister is addicted to them.

This is my sister and the owner helping her gather the muscadines.

The nice owner has a old golf cart. Since it was so wet and rainy, he drove (at a rather rapid speed) us into the vines. It was some protection from the elements. He is driving, my sister is in the middle, and I am hanging on the outside wet as a dog.

We were driving along and he saw a nice cluster that we had passed. He puts it into reverse, but just as we got to the muscadines, we shot past and were heading into the vines. I did not know what was happening and neither did he. The harder he tried to stop, the faster we would go. Remember my sister is sitting in the middle. When he started to backup, she braced her foot on the floorboard. At least that what she thought. Instead she was pushing the gas pedal as hard as she could while he was trying to stop. After a few minutes, he realized what was she was doing. I could never tell you or you imagine how funny all this was. When things were back in control, he said at least we had a could laugh and made the day brighter.


Ebie said...

Hi LV, I love your outdoor activity. Those grapes look so crisp and delicious!

Ebie's Outdoor Wednesday.

claudie said...

I'm LOL right now, I want to see the Lucy Show where her and Ethel are stomping on the grapes... maybe next post???????
Happy OW
Love Claudie

Alicia said...

I love that you and your sister shared this moment together. I know I love doing things with my sister as well. Looks beautiful there.

Please come by for my first (and last) poetry reading about the Hippy Bees...lol.

Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE THESE GRAPES!!! These little known grapes are the only ones that I truely enjoy. My Grandparents had a hugh overhead arbor. I'm talking maybe 50 ft by 20 feet. Grandma always kept a nice cold metal collinder full in the frig for us and we always took plenty home too. I would honestly make myself sick over these. It's such a shame we only get them once a year. I planted 4 vines myself and they have produced for the last 2 years but the birds haven't left me one. Oh well I'll have to wait till next year because I can't afford the $4.00 to $5.00 a pint they want at the grocery stores here.
It sounds like a wonderful yearly journey for you and your sister. Maybe she & I should have a grape eatting contest - ha-ha!
Have a blessed day...Tracy

My name is Riet said...

THose photo's are beautiful. I love your story that goes with it. LOL
Have a nice day

Old Time Cindy said...

Such a funny story. Sisters...ya gotta love'em! Thanks for today's laugh!
Living it up at Lakewood,

SmilingSally said...

LOL Next time YOU sit in the middle!

Maggie said...

Sounds as if you had a great time despite the rain. So funny!
a bientot

Tammy518 said...

I'd love to have some of those beautiful grapes, and that's too funny about your sister!

B SQUARED said...

Next time you go picking, you better wear a helmut. It sounds like dangerous work.

Patsy said...

Well, this was a day to remember I can tell you----I have been called Lucy by some of my friends before. The Bible says laughter does good like a medicine---well I can tell you we left healthy that day----I get just as tickled thinking about it as when it really happened---you just would have had to be there to get the full experience ----too funny----it will probably be my last time he lets me ride in the golf cart. ha !!

Kathy said...

You did make me laugh. Great post.

Regina said...

Hi LV. Such a happy outdoor.
The vineyard is beautiful!
Happy outdoor.

Bonnie said...

What a fun day of laughter. Great photos.

Claudia said...

I dont know that I have ever heard of these before but your description is fascinating.

Love the post... can just picture how much fun you had RACING to get them!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

annies home said...

my dad would be in heaven with so many wonderful grape vines

Mary Bergfeld said...

What fantastic pictures of the vineyard. It looks like a wonderful "field trip". I hope you had a great time. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

Heart2Heart said...


What a wild and wet cute story this was. This is a first for me, I have never heard of these before. Do they taste similar to grapes?

I love the rain, so when it does come, you'll always find me out in the thick of it.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Loved the pictures of all those grape vines. What a fun annual event for you and your sister. I'm with Ebie, next I want to see a picture of you and your sister doing the "Lucy and Ethel grape stomp"! :)

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi LaVoyce, I lived in Texas (south of Houston) for 12 yrs. and I never ate any muscadines... Guess I missed out on something really special!!!!

Thanks for the interesting post. Sorry about all of the rain. We've had alot here lately also.


Laura @ The Shabby Rabbit said...

What a fun place to go! I can just taste all the lovely jelly coming out of there now! My mom has grapevines growing at her house, but you know I'm not really sure what variety they are! Glad to have found your charming site!!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello LV,

Sounds like you had a great time with your sister despite the weather. Great pictures! I love muscadines. Like Claudie, this story made me think of Lucy and Ethel!

Thank you for sharing your trip!

~ Tracy

ClassyChassy said...

Love the photos - enjoy your grapes!!!

Coloradolady said...

I'm sure there are more stories that could be told...but unfortunately they are not shared!!

Miller Racing Family said...

What great photos. Those grapes look wonderful. Sounds like you all had a wonderful time.
Have a fabulous OW!

JLS Hall (Joysweb) said...

What a shame you didn't have better weather for your trip! But it looks like you had fun anyway. When I was a kid growing up in Texas, the grapes seemed to just grow wild all over the place. My cousins and I always tried to "harvest" them and stomp on them to make "wine." Yes, we probably were thinking of Lucy and Ethel! Loved your outdoor photos.

Nancy said...

What an adventure! I have never heard of these!