Tuesday, September 18, 2012

And the Bush is...

Hello Friends.

WOW so many of you are so smart.  You knew right away what kind of bush I have in my back yard.  I guess first off, it is not a bush but is really a tree.  I guess it is a bushy tree.  I for one thought Puddles had it all figured out when she said it was a "Hickamathing".  She was close. It is a Quince.  

This is a Quince.  It is not ripe yet.  It needs to turn sort of yellow.  And you should not eat them uncooked.

Yuck...gross.  DO NOT eat them unless they are cooked!  Trust me on this one.

And for those of you who have inquiring minds, here is a little more info: 
The Quince is native to rocky slopes and woodland margins in the South West Asia (I don't have rocky slopes in my yard and as far as I can tell I do not live in Asia).  The tree (not a bush) grows to 16-26 feet tall and 13 to 20 feet wide (yep mine is that big), and bears a pome fruit, which is yellow when mature and pear shaped.  The fruit is eatable when cooked, but the tree (again NOT a bush), is also grown for its attractive pink blossom and other ornamental qualities.    Here is what I think is the coooool part, Cultivation of the Quince may have preceded apple culture, and many references translateed to "apple", such as the fruit in the Song of Solomon, may have been a Quince.

I am hoping MOM makes something yummy with them.  If not I am sure my buddy Bert would chase them if my MOM threw them.

I will be back with ya all on Friday.  I gotta take care of some stuffs.  I am hoping that a part of the stuffs will include some of this:

Trust me this is a very important thing I have to do and must be done for the health and well being of those involved.  My help in this stuffs may even save lives.  Failure is not an option.  OK it may not be all that dramatic, but I do have stuffs that I need to take care of.  Sniff ya later.



  1. Oh! Goose! The night sky is so beauteous! My Mommy looks out at the night sky everynight at 9 (which is 10 where my human brothers live) and they goes and looks at the sky too and they sends wishes and prayers to each other. We always feels like we is standing together!

  2. I've heard that quince jam is pretty tasty! I hope you find some good recipes!

    I also hope whatever you have to do means you get to see the beautiful stars. What a view!


  3. Have a great time on your special mission.


  4. We had to look it up, to make sure. While doing so, we learned that it used to be (a long time ago) a measure of good wealth if you had one of these in your garden. Mebbe it was a gift that got planted and has done well there. Enjoy your beautiful time under the stars. XOXO

  5. May your mission be blessed with peace, wondrous beauty, and success.

  6. Hm, quince? That's one weird looking apple/pear thing! I'd rather play ball with it ;-) You totally sound like a puppy 007! Good luck with the "stuffs" and have a great week! :-D

  7. Quince jelly is a big thing over here with cheese. See you soon. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  8. Howdy Goose, glad you found out what the tree was. Have a good little break and take care. Are you going camping again? No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  9. Okays, I was close and I knews you could make ies with 'em...cuz you has to cook pies. Dang I is smart.
    You has peaked my curiosity of what you is gonna be off doin'. Hmmmmm, whatevers is you gonna do? Oh, I knows, you is gonna go buy a telescope. Lemme me knows if you can see my house with it. I'll be da dog wavin'.


  10. Quince jelly !!!! Grandmom used to make it in October !


  11. Are you blasting off to Space again Goose? A top secret mission sounds really cool. We can't wait to hear all about it!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  12. Goose I'm pretty sure the translation for hickamathing is a Puddles' Southern version of Quince.
    WOW we learned something new today and that is a good thing.
    Happy trails and well see you on Friday
    Hugs Madi your BFFF

  13. Quince jam..... See ya Furiday Goose..Can't wait to nose what ya been up to :) xx00xx
    Mollie and Alfie

  14. Awwww a quince...you can use it for jelly ( I don't like it) or you can burn brandy (I'm not a drinker, but it's illegal - so, I like it >:o)
    Good luck for your project!!!

  15. I have heard of quince fruit but I had no idea what it looked like. The starry picture is beautiful. Hope your stuffs go well. :)

  16. Maybe the tree in your yard inspired Song of Solomon? Yes? I'll be thinking about you and your important job, Goose. I know you're the MVP of all MVP's - so cozy your most valuable self up to those who might need it.

    Sending see beautful thoughts your way!

  17. So it wasn't a broccoli tree after all? Ah dang it! So are you on your way to visit me goose, is that what you have to do? Your night sky is just beautiful...I bet you and I look at the same bright star every night......sigh....
    stella rose

  18. You have to take care of things sometimes, my friend! There certainly are a lot of stars....

  19. Your mom needs to bake some quince doggy treats, then you can invite us all over for a pawty!

  20. Quince jam, yummy!!!
    Hum....what mission are ya on. Have fun doing your stuffs!!

    Jazzi and Addi

  21. So Goose, You had me really worried when you mentioned "your health stuff"; I'm trusting that you are really healthy & fine. The only thing I can remember my dad using Quince for was jam; but mainly I think we threw it out. The blossoms on the trees are pretty though. Loved your night sky.
    Have a great day; wags to you.
    Noreen & Hunter

  22. That connection to the Song of Solomon is really cool! Who knew?!?
    I've heard you can make jelly out of the quince fruits. I like the idea of Bert chasing them when your MOM throws them, though.
    I hope the stuff you're doing goes well! Take care, buddy!

  23. Woof! Woof! At first we thought it was an apple. Can't wait to see what's you mom plans to make a delish Quince. Are you going night camping with Bert n Vickie. Golden Woofs to them. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  24. Woof to you Goose!!!! Have fun camping (I'm guessing that's what you have planned) and when you get back, try to convince your mom to make you some quince paste. You can then pair the quince paste was some Manchengo or Petit Basque cheese and a glass of Spanish red. YUM!!!! Much love to you - XXOO - Mazzie
    P.S. I love your new masthead!!!!

  25. Take good care of things, taking care of things under the stars, might not be so bad.

    The silvers and more

  26. Hmm - are you going into space with some quince jam?!?!?

  27. OK, take care of your stuffs Goose. Whatcha gonna do with that quince stuff?

    Your friends,

    Murphy & Stanley

  28. Yay, you have an id on the tree. Now do let us know how it tastes. And what you decide to make.

    Hope the "stuff" gets taken care of very well. See you Friday.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  29. Oh wow, are u going to be one of those sniffing dogs for the poleece? :)

  30. If failure is not an option, do NOT fail! We wish you a very successful dealing with stuffs.

  31. Sounds like you gave some VERY important stuffs to take care of.....are you going undercover...doing a little spy work..hmmmmmm sounds very mysterious! I've got your back, if you need me..CALL!!

    Your furiend,

  32. Goose, good luck in taking care of your impawtant stuffs. I still think that thing looks like an alien. Mommy wants to know what it tastes like.

    Loveys Sasha

  33. Hi Y'all!

    Just wanted to stop for a visit. Hope y'all are havin' a great week!

    As for your quince, my Human says she has bought quince jelly at the Omish store that is very, very good.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  34. We feel kind of silly...never even heard of a Quince before.