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Oranges are not the only strategy
I bought two clementines from Sainsbury's yesterday. Ate one then, one now. Yesterday's was firm-fleshed and thick-skinned, peeling easily, tart and bright to taste, and made my hands smell of oranges for the rest of the day. Today's was soft, sweet-tasting, peeling off in tiny scrubs and patches, leaving my hands smelling bitter. Full of pips. A completely different species. I bought two bottles of coke at the same time, and they were identical. Sometimes coke does taste different from itself (and cans taste different from bottles), but not this time.

Apparently it's summer already, three weeks early. My brain seems to be estivating. Struggling to find the words for replies to comments or emails, even the simple ones, especially the simple ones.
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julietk From: julietk Date: April 18th, 2007 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Also my brand new (as of last year) hayfever has started; and the allotment is definitely ahead of itself.

aardvark179 From: aardvark179 Date: April 18th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure this early summer thing is a good idea, eventually they'll be no gap between my brain hibernating and estivating.
barnacle From: barnacle Date: April 18th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did the oranges have those fatuous stickers on them? I imagine the first one bearing the message "Eat me now!" and the second one "Save me for later!" When you peel the second one's sticker off, there's another message underneath saying "Ha, ha! Suck-errrrr!"
j4 From: j4 Date: April 18th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, they didn't. Just the standard label saying "this fruit has travelled so many miles that you'll never expiate the sin even if you walk to Australia to recycle your grandmother".

I hate the talkative labels, though. I don't want my food to talk to me. "Try me with salad!" Er, no thanks, if you don't mind, sorry, I'll just HANG ON WTF R U DOIN THAR APOLOGISING TO AN ORANGE?!
fivemack From: fivemack Date: April 18th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is the end of the season of small oranges, and the season of nectarines has not begun; however Valencias, the one true reliable orange, are starting to appear, and they're as sweet and juicy, and unlike Naval oranges cannot double as cannon-balls when your ammunition is running low.

I'm sorry if this wasn't meant to be a conversation about oranges.
barnacle From: barnacle Date: April 19th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Apologising to the porcelain orange

You can keep your sodding Navels:
 They scarcely count as food.
You can even keep your Jaffas:
 Valencias are good.

Sevilles and Minneolas
 Are somewhat less than fruit
Compared to God's own orange:
 Valencias sind gut.

The mandarins and tangerines
 And clementines and then
The blasted blood orange: what rot!
 Valencias están bien.

hairyears From: hairyears Date: April 18th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh my drooling Clementine

Estivating... I'm more of an hibernating rodent, nose and whiskers peering over the duvet and retreating from the chilly air 'til spring. The summery sensation of rising steam is good for my brain.
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