Hello, friends. Happy first week of summer, as odd as this one may be. Our first beets and tromboncino squash were harvested last week. One dinner was all homegrown, except for apples, used in an apple beet salad, and onions, used in sauteed squash and to season lima beans. I'm also harvesting blackberries, purple pole beans, blueberries, yellow squash and zucchini, and gathering calendula and coreopsis flowers. I made my monthly grocery run, and picked up library books. Aldi's had avocados for .65, so I got 6. I redeemed a $5 reward at Walgreens and bought gloves. I also coordinated picking up my soaps from a gallery in town. Many were beyond the 6 month date I like to sell them by, but some were not, so will be added to the shelf for possible online sales. Two bars were shared with our son.
|bouquet at our rustic shed.
J started working on one of the projects on his to do list, and finished it in a few hours. He's going to add an inner tube close to the shore, to stabilize it a bit more. We now have a dock with ladder going out into the pond. I bought floats for our GD and I, as well as a life vest for quick dips. I hope the fish aren't too frisky around my legs. Ha! While J was weeding in the garden, he saved purslane for me. Before he started mowing, I went and gathered more, then made a double batch of purslane pistachio pesto. There have been no critters entangled in the netting around the peaches, since I added the second row of contractor's tape. I'm so happy that it's working. One morning, when M went to open up the chickens, he found a copperhead in with the blind rooster, which he dispatched quickly. Life in the country! Lambs quarter has been gathered, and some more frozen. My friends at Whynot Pottery allowed me to come and make some of my clay pumice stones. The stones only need a final firing, before they're finished. We all wore masks, and Meredith and I visited while we worked. It was nice to be somewhere other than home for a change. I brought squash to share.
Batches of yogurt and hummingbird food were made. We harvested our first corn. They're pretty small ears, but we're delighted to have any at all. I harvested dill to go in our potato salad. I'm making a little progress with my guitar playing, now that I was lent a left handed guitar to try, which is encouraging. The cucumbers are growing slowly. I hope to be gathering some later this week. The Japanese beetles have been picked and given to the chickens daily, often twice. A jar of sprouts, and a small jar of sauerkraut were started. The pups were given baths in the outdoor shower. Neither of them wants a bath at first, but afterwards, they zoom around because they feel so good. Silly boys. Wishing you a most lovely week and Fourth of July.