Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Family Bethlehem Star quilt

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Perfect Pea Pods

Our shelling peas are finally ready for harvesting. Despite the very cold start to our growing season and now day after day of hot, humid weather...this is what I was able to gather from an 8 foot row of Estancia peas (Cook's Garden). Not a lot, but they sure taste good. While shelling, I was struck by how uniform these little guys were. So neat and orderly - shoulder to shoulder...

Like two peas in a pod...(or more!) That phrase got me to thinking. Where did that come from? So off to www.phrases.org.uk to do a little research.
Actually the phrase "like two peas in a pod" is "quite old and versions of it date from the 16th Century...John Lyly used the phrase in Euphues and His England, 1580:
"Wherin I am not unlike unto the unskilfull Painter who having drawen the Twinnes of Hippocrates, (who wer as lyke as one pease is to an other..")
The word Pease was used as the singular form throughout Tudor England. The word Pea came into use in the 17th century, with the plural form being Peas. 
And that is what I learned today! Be sure to visit all the other "P" postings at Miss Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday...


Have a great weekend - we are off to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for a few days - time for a mini vacation.


Mind your P's and Q's everyone! I have done my "P's" and plan on a weekend of "Q" for quilting...will share the results in the next post.


Pat

14 comments:

  1. will be looking forward to the "q" part and seeing pictures. Enjoy yourself. Judy C in NC

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  2. Mmmm. Nothing like fresh-picked peas. Thank you for the etymology of the word pea!

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  3. Yes they look so uniform. Thanks for sharing that bit of knowledge.

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  4. Very interesting. I'm afraid the only peas I've ever eaten were frozen.

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  5. You're going to have a great Q post - I just know it!
    Those peas look delicious - ours are no where near ready yet.

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  6. I do loves peas! This was a perfectly informative post. Thank you

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  7. We love the tiny sweet peas the best!

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  8. Pea or pease, I love 'em picked fresh!

    =)

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  9. Love home-grown peas - even shelling them is fun! Love the smell, the taste, the memories...all wonderful!

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  10. I resisted long enough. Just had to come over and look at all of those luscious peas and cry because we don't have any this year! It has been a very strange year! Hope you had a nice mini vacation!

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  11. Enjoy your mini-break.
    The peas were delicious.

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  12. Such beautiful peas. We harvest ours here in January and February! We rarely get enough to cook because we all end up eating them raw!

    What a perfectly delicious link this week.

    thanks for sharing it.

    A+

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  13. Love your pretty peas! And love that you shared that site to learn about phrases, etc! I love to learn about where a phrase/slang/word came from.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my parachuting post. I seem to always be on "catch up" mode! I can NOT imagine parachuting :o) Have a wonderful day!

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