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Wow...SEVENTEEN baby ears of corn now! I'm impressed that the cornstalks that are still small are also bravely putting forth silk tassels...Still a bunch of tomatoes, so I'm eating about one a day to let them vine-ripen as long as possible... The blackberries are near the end, though, since it's been a week since I last picked and I only have about 10 berries ripe today, and not many left to ripen later...ah, well, it was yummy while it lasted, especially seeing a 6 oz clamshell of organic blackberries for $3 at Trader Joe's! :)

One new pumpkin is coming along, growing larger, but I have not licked the powdery mildew yet, so I doused with more milk & water solution this evening...I'm not sure how long the already-very-orange large pumpkins will last...perhaps I'll need to do more research on harvesting pumpkins now! I'm hoping 2 more months on the vine will be okay... *crossing fingers*

I did try to blitz-edit the rough cut of the tour video to be ready for the party, but that plus making the Pimm's Garden Party Punch and the Union-Jack-decorated baked brie to bring to the party made Saturday a bit hectic...in the end, only a very few of us who stayed later watched any video, and I just showed them clips, so it all worked out...I let myself have Sunday off from video work to finally clean my disaster of a room, clean & rearrange the kitchen, some gardening, some laundry, the dreaded litter box, etc, etc...

This weekend was rife with Harry Potter news as well...on Sunday there was a reading with a question & answer session with JKR, but the only real tidbits we got were that yes, we all guessed correctly that the Hogs Head barkeep is indeed Aberforth Dumbledore, Petunia is not a Squib, Dumbledore's Patronus is a phoenix, portraits are not as fully realized as ghosts (shooting down many fans' hopes for a portrait of Sirius that survived the culling in the Black household when he left the fold), and that Harry will live _to_ book seven, not necessary to the _end_ of book seven or _through_ book seven...which is being misreported in just about every news article I've seen...*sigh*...this morning the "Do Not Disturb" sign was gone from the door on jkrowling.com, meaning a new tidbit exclusive about book 6 was available, but all that was behind it was a description of some new character, but no name...argh! Ah well, just more to look forward to...at least JKR said at the Q&A that book 6 was about half-written so that's good news... :)

Here's one last bit for you to ponder...

Has Voldemort or Tom Riddle ever cared for or loved anyone?

JKR: Now, that’s a cracking question to end with—very good. No, never. [Laughter.] If he had, he couldn’t possibly be what he is. You will find out a lot more about that. It is a good question, because it leads us rather neatly to Half Blood Prince, although I repeat for the millionth time that Voldemort is not the half blood prince, which is what a lot of people thought. He is definitely, definitely not.

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personally, i think the half-blood prince is godric gryffindor, and the description on JKR's site this morning was of him. i also think he could have been a lion animagus. :-)

Hmmm...interesting...that sure wasn't my first guess! Personally, though, I don't imagine Godric with a limp or as old as needing specs...? ;) Maybe that's just me...I also think Animagi can be easily overused as a plot device but Godric's being a lion would definitely make sense...I'm sure at least his Patronus was a lion...and so probably Helga's was a badger, Rowena's was an eagle, and probably Salazar's was a serpent, even though we already know he was a Parselmouth... you got me thinking...thanks!

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