Fleet Perfection: A Writer Wednesday Post

July 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Essays


Heavenly MarmaladeHeavenly Marmalade, photo and all text © Irene O’Garden 2014

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At today’s end, I will have completed my calligraphic marathon.  Signpainting yielded to lettering on muslin for our annual Poetry Trail.  Visitors will arrive later to film a promo in my studio—more about this another time.

The following little experience happened during the intensity. I wrote it on the spot and mailed it to my sister Robin the next day. May you notice such a moment of perfection and drop a line to one who made it possible, thereby creating another moment of perfection.

11:08 pm. So,  I am finished with a stimulating, exhausting day in the studio, big deadline, good work accomplished, much learned, much to forgive and absolve in my work, and I can work no more. 

I grabbed a hummus wrap at 5 which fueled 5 hours of work, but now at 10:30 I’m hungry. John’s coming in on the midnight train, so it makes sense to eat. 

Hmm. Leftovers in the fridge don’t appeal. But I have that aged gouda, some crusty bread, some olives. A glass of red wine. A lovely, simple ancient meal. 

But wait! Yes, there’s some left. Enough for a handsome scoop in a little dish—and what perfection it is.

My sister’s wondrous rindy marmalade. Can you taste it with this flaking cheese? Bracing wide nuggets of bittersweet orange, superb with the olives. Food that revives. Oh, yes.

I had the privilege of talking with her on the phone as she made this batch. She said, “I have to go now,” after stirring as we talked. “The marmalade is singing.” 

It is singing still.



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  • Mark Rettman

    Scrumptious post ! Deliciously written…. thanks for sharing that…

    • IreneOGarden

      Thanks, my dear crumpet!

  • Laura

    I want that exact snack! How tantalizing- the image matches your words: Perfection

    • IreneOGarden

      May you have it! Thanks, my friend!

  • Vay David

    Yummy moments! Comme toujours!

    • IreneOGarden

      Merci Bien, Cheri!

  • Angela Sparks

    Sweet story!

    • IreneOGarden

      thanks, dearie!

  • Jorie

    All combined so perfectly: image and text, context, content and contentment! Even to the toasty coaster under the love bird! You’ve done it again, and in such a whirlwind!

    • IreneOGarden

      Your eye misses very little, dear Jorie! Thanks!

  • Juli

    Do you remember Lake Pokegama and the cool crisp evenings? We played cards, and ended the evening with peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches and milk. To this day, I still think of our summer evenings when I have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It is the perfect evening meal for me!

    • IreneOGarden

      I’ll never forget them either, Juli! Ro and I were just talking about those golden Pokegama days–lovely hearing your virtual voice–

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