Returning Home To Ripe Rhubarb

Returing to rhubard
Returning home to Canada last week, I was welcomed by a back garden in full bloom ~ purples, pinks, blues, yellows ~ flowers so vibrant I wished my little girls had come home with me to view the spectacle.    As my pipe and I conducted our first summer inspection of the yard,  it was also a pleasant surprise discovering two healthy patches of rhubarb, nearly ready for the plucking.   Rhubarb was always a fond part of my childhood ~ my parents always known to have it growing out behind our family home.    Raw, it served as a refreshingly sour snack to my childhood friends and I during daily out-door imaginings.  Cooked, it made a frequent desert to evening meals as either a sweet stew or in a pie.

This week I had every intention of attempting to make rhubarb jam, but with a two page “To Do” list and only eleven days home, I was forced to freeze the ripe, red stalks for later in the month.   Tonight I head out for England and Scotland on a two and a half week musical tour.  Prior to departure, I thought I would take a few minutes (during my tea-time*) to recap my productive yet brief visit “home”.  Between pre-production for a few musical projects I will be composing and recording in July, I was able to:

– Help my father remove several shrubs and large tree roots from his property.
– Removed a cedar stump in my own yard (alongside other necessary household chores and yard work).
– Till my garden and plant my vegetables (beans, broccoli, tomatoes, squash, cucumber, garlic and green peppers), as well as several pots of herbs (sage, dill, coriander, basil and thyme).
– Sort the heap of household items in my cellar and hold a five hour rummage sale last Saturday morning, decreasing the goods substantially and raising some money for the school in Pakistan founded by my wife’s grandmother.
– Hang drapes in the bedroom shared by my daughters.
– Measure and draw up plans for a small studio space I hope to construct in my garage, upon my return in late June.
– Visit with a few old dear friends I had not seen in far too long.
– Rehearse for the upcoming tour.
– Capture several demo recordings of new musical material in the works.

Friends and subscribers in the United Kingdom, please visit my “Whereabouts” page to see if I happen to be in a town near you over the next few weeks.  It would be a pleasure to meet you face-to-face, so please do not be shy about coming up and introducing yourselves.

morning tea* Isn’t every time, tea-time?

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9 thoughts on “Returning Home To Ripe Rhubarb

  1. Zara

    what is your favorite herb/tea? 🙂

  2. Love hearing about your garden! We have one at my school and I love to hear about yours. Keep it up!

  3. Sadaf

    It’s always a pleasure to read ur blog 🙂

  4. Mona Rahman

    Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

    Love the pic of tea Masha Allah. Where are the girls. Insha Allah I hope you took pics of the colours to show them Insha Allah.

    Wassalamu ‘alaikum
    Mona Rahman

  5. Ammar Awais

    That is quite a lot you managed in a short time. I wish I could manage my time like that!

  6. Amir

    As’salaamu’alaykum Dawud, another insightful post as always.

    Great to see that you’re visiting the UK again. Insha’Allah I will be seeing you twice this week, once at the Iqra School in Slough and then on Sunday at the Shoreditch Town Hall. It’s been nearly four years since I last saw you on a wet, wintry night In London; I look forward to seeing you and hopefully being treated to some of your timeless classics.

    Take care,


  7. Zara

    Salam to all !Dawud I hope you don’t mind I’ll link this lovely clip some guys from my country made. It’s not about music (personally don’t prefere this style of singing nasheeds) but it’s all about video which shows some parts of country tradition from place I used to go as a child(from about 30 years ago). My grandparents live on exactly such way then and I think all of you who love simple life will love it. Best regards !

    and this is it 🙂

  8. Very beautiful! Much appreciated Zara. You must have had a childhood full of absolute wonderment. The arts displayed within the video are fading away so rapidly in our “modern world” of mobile phone addiction, dependency on technology, trust in money over trade and the loss of time, spirit, mind and health to acquire that money…cutting wheat by hand, masonry, wood-working, celebrating pure water and pure food…sharing that food with others…cleanliness and dressing with dignity no matter how hard one’s labour may be, communal worship, song and thankfulness…all crafts many of us would dearly benefit from if we developed them. All the more reason for those of us who appreciate such traditions to re-adjust our lives in the effort to keep them alive.

  9. Asalm o Alikum

    This is Sahar Nizami, am a presenter at IslamRadio , you can find us on I would like to request you to come on my show as a guest, i will be more then privileged to have this honor. Can
    you please take some time out. It will be very easy, all you need is to
    add me on skype my id is “saharnizami” and we can have an on-air live show. Please consider my request.

    I love all your Nasheeds and play them over and over in my show, Esp
    The Beautiful Story, and i am so keen to talk to you and make my audience
    listen to you because obviously you are one big name, but my reason for
    inviting you is that i get touched by all of your Nasheeds so provoking and so full of meanings
    I simply adore the fact that you take time out for everybody and write so beautiful Nasheeds for us.

    Few of the Questions you might be interested to know , Am listing them

    1. Where are we based?
    We are basically globally situated, our head office is in UK but we presenters are situated in different part of world. I am residing in Pakistan but i remotely do my show during UK timings, You can say that am virtually living in UK 🙂

    2. This on-air live show, what is the duration required from You?
    It is completely your choice, Like whatever time that suits you and how much time you can take out. I request that at least 1 hour is good with us, but again you can decide the duration.

    3. What wil be the angle of the conversation?
    Interview will be on a very lighter tone, like i would like to know about you, how you started as a nasheed artist and very casual one, something that your Fans would love to listen about you. And you can suggest me if there is anything in specific we can do the interview about, any album that is coming out we can do the promotion InshAllah

    4. When is this for?
    Reason I have invited You is that we are ourselves set of young people who are trying to educate people about Islam and get rid of all the misconceptions that are there for Muslims and Islam. We try to make it everyday thing, not hard as sometimes people make it.
    This interview going to help us get ourselves register with new listeners. Like You have got Big Fan following so when they get the news of You coming to our radio, they will tune InshAllah and many will like to stay afterwards connected to us.
    Like we have lots and lots of listener from Asia and in UK, People here in Asia are very keen to know about many Nasheed artists and Dauwd Wharnsby is one of their fav. So it will be treat for them and you will get a whole new lot of people following You InshAllah
    So yes its kind of help you will bring to us that new young Muslims listen to us and we will be happy if they start learning about their religion because many are Muslims but non-practicing.

    About how Interview will be done?
    Its the easiest part. All you need is to add me to my skype and i ll do the rest, it will be like telephone conversation and we will be doing it On-air. Please add me to my skype, my id is: saharnizami , and i will be able to explain the process in better detail on skype InshAllah, Or send me your ID and best time to catch you online so we can have a pre-interview catch up session
    For me you are a star and coming to my show you can make my show sparkling InshAllah
    Please Do consider my request because its for a very very good reason.

    Sahar Nizami

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