Monday, June 28, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
I found these out in the field! Actually, in our young field, there are already LOTS of these...and they're big and beautiful, and have that special tastiness that first fruits do.
We had some challenges with last year's planting, so there are "shorty bushes" out there...Bushes that didn't get the benefit of growing strong from the start. These little bushes, "thinking" in the way God made them to think, tend to put out fruit early as they are determined not to die...At least that's what I think they are doing...guaranteeing their survival and that their kind will go on. Go, shorties, go!! I applaud you.
But sadly, a lot of this fruit will go to waste as there is not enough to justify picking the rows by machine. These little beauties have just come on too early...
But not too early for me!! I picked a bucketful yesterday, and will continue to do that each day until I have enough of these beauties put away for next year.
It's not a complicated process, but I thought I would show you what I do.
And, what I don't do...Confessions here: I don't wash them. Nope, I just pick them carefully, and then spread the little lovelies across a large cookie tray.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I'll admit it. The weather is getting me down. Optimism is being eroded by pessimistic thoughts. Thoughts like: "What if the weather STAYS LIKE THIS DURING HARVEST????"
It's starting to look like a possibility...and if it does I can tell you, it won't be pretty.
Ugliness, ugliness will ensue.
I don't even like to think about it, or talk about it. Therefore, days of blog silence...
as I think about it...
Until recently, the weather has been inconvenient --
but it now has slipped over into the consequential category.
Those little bees are not flying out there. It's too cold. It's too wet.
And so those raspberry blooms aren't getting pollinated like they should.
But this consequence will seem inconsequential if the cloudy, rainy days continue into harvest time...
I'm borrowing trouble...and I must stop. The sun will come out tomorrow...at least one of the tomorrows.
And I need to go with The Farmer's wisdom: "We just need to take whatever the Lord decides to give us, and trust Him. He knows what we need."
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Daisie has learned The Main Rule well, and quite a few others too, so I like to celebrate her birthday...And she is up to #5 now!
However, last year I became aware that Daisie hated her birthday, and as I thought about it, maybe my choices for celebrating were not exactly what she was hoping for.
We would put on her party hat...