Crataegus pinnatifida

Commonly known as Snow Hawthorn  these red fruits which grow up to about 35 mm in diameter are now in season.

The ones in this picture, taken yesterday, are from Xiong Xian County in Hebei Province, near the city of Baotou.

Chinese Hawthorn, click for larger image
山楂 (mountain hawthorn) or 大红果 (big, red fruit)

They are used to make a number of deserts and snacks. In Northern China they are often sold dipped in a sugar candy coating on a wooden skewer  much like toffee apples are  in Europe and are called 糖葫芦 (tanghulu).

They have been associated with various medicinal properties especially as a digestive aid.


In case you don’t know the words…

Fightin’ fire with fire

Watch out, you might get what you’re after
Cool babies, strange but not a stranger
I’m an ordinary guy
Burning down the house

Hold tight, wait till the party’s over
Hold tight, We’re in for nasty weather
There has got to be a way
Burning down the house

Here’s your ticket pack your bag
Time for jumpin’ overboard
The transportation is here
Close enough but not too far,
Maybe you know where you are
Fightin’ fire with fire

All wet! Hey you might need a raincoat
Shakedown! Dreams walking in broad daylight
Three hun-dred six-ty five de-grees
Burning down the house

It was once upon a place sometimes I listen to myself
Gonna come in first place
People on their way to work and baby what did you except
Gonna burst into flame

Fightin’ fire with fire, Fightin’ fire with fire, Fightin’ fire with fire

My house! Is out of the ordinary
That’s right! Don’t wanna hurt nobody
Some things sure can sweep me off my feet
Burning down the house

No visible means of support and you have not seen nothin’ yet
Everything’s stuck together
And I don’t know what you expect starring into the TV set
Fighting fire with fire

In memory of Peter Firmin. 11 December 1928 – 1 July 2018

The Soup Dragon and the Clangers

Bagpuss

Basil Brush

Madeleine the rag doll, Gabriel the Toad

Professor Yaffle

The Iron Chicken

Dai Station, Idris the Dragon, Jones the Steam

Noggin the Nog, Thor Nogson, Olaf the Lofty, Graculus, Nogbad the Bad

Pippin, Tog, Mr & Mrs Pogle

 

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Monorail!

Well, sir, there’s nothing on earth
Like a genuine, bona fide
Electrified, six-car monorail

But Main Street’s still all cracked and broken
Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken…

Monorail!