Eight years ago, we tried our hands at glass blowing. The nine-week class was a birthday present for Chuck who had always wanted to give the glass arts a try. Every Sunday we trekked to the glass studio for a four-hour lesson that started on week one with learning how to use the equipment with clear molten glass and culminated on week nine with blowing colored glass. The creative learning was fast and exhilarating!
The nine weeks flew by. We both thoroughly enjoyed the experience but, ultimately, I found the working conditions just too hot to enjoy at any time of year other than in the heart of a cold and snowy Illinois winter.
Fast forward to today and you find us trying our hands at drip-irrigated vegetable gardening in our warm and sunny California climate. This year we planted a variety of melons to see what would grow with just a wee bit of water. Given that we are living through the severe drought conditions facing much of the west these days, we are very stingy with H2O!
A few days ago, we harvested our first cantaloupe. It was a little small but was sure packed with flavor in every bite! I found it only fitting to serve it up on the disc which was my first attempt at making a glass plate. Two first attempts that can only improve with more practice!