Here's what my parsley looked like before the weather turned. I always plant a couple plants...both the curly and the Italian flat leaf. I think that the Italian has more flavor. Once in a while, they come up again the next year. I've had this big cup and saucer for several years. It's been handy....right outside the door where I can grab a handful easily I think that other than salt, pepper and garlic....it's about the most used seasoning I use in cooking. Years ago, I used to dry it and use it all winter. I don't do that anymore....but I do miss it... fresh...in the winter. I know you can put it in ice cube trays and freeze it....but it seems like kind of a bother. Growing it in the house has never worked for me.So, I go with the dried variety.
Today is pool day. It's really a treat to drive to Oregon and see how the colors change from day to day along the river. We live in a part of the state where we have the Blackhawk Trail going through our town. It's a scenic drive along the Rock River. The highlight of the drive is the statue of Blackhawk...the Indian chief... standing tall in amongst the beautiful colors of fall. It's really unspoiled...no advertising on big signs, the curving road following the curve of the river. Birds of all kinds....shore birds and even pelicans... and deer are to be seen. We drive into town and cross the river and sometimes think nothing of it. We just take it for granted. Many people drive to our town to see the colors....I always appreciate the sights I see. It's one of the best drives in N. Illinois for fall color. Our area has state parks and many forest preserves. We have a forest preserve just up the road from us. So, we are leaving in a few minutes. It's a bit cloudy today....or I would take some pictures. The pictures in my header are sights that I have seen on that drive. Now, I have to get the day started.