I want to thank all of you for your concern over the Edith situation.
Order is restored and the threesome are back to their usual routine...
following me around the farm.
This stretch of hot and sunny weather following a very wet spring has
helped the fruit trees, vines, and bushes to burst forth.
The blueberry bushes are netted to protect the ripening fruit.
You see, the trouble with sharing with the birds is this...
the birds just don't know when to stop!
So, nets keep them away from our precious fruit.
The apple trees are loaded with tiny apple-ettes.
And the grape arbor has filled in with quite a bit of foliage.
Amidst the vines and leaves are thousands of teeny tiny grape-ettes!
I am hopeful that the kiwi plants from last year flower and bear fruit.
But since I have no prior experience with these,
I am not sure what to expect.
The strawberries are ripening.
I've been able to pick a quart each day for the last several.
In about a week there will be more berries than I'll know what to do with.
For now, though, we are enjoying strawberries on icecream, in our salads,
and in strawberry rhubarb sauce
(which, I might add, makes one delicious sundae!)
Lastly, I thought I would introduce you to an herb
(this is what I will send you, Anke)
that is great to have in your garden for the purpose of reducing unwanted
pests such as aphids, etc.
In the back of this box (TomTom being in the front) I have planted
fern leafed Tansy.
Tansy is a non-edible herb with delicate, lacy leaves that blooms with yellow blossoms.
It attracts garden pests such as aphids,
and can help to keep those insects from attacking your precious veggies.
I warn you though, a little bit goes a long way...
this herb has a tendency to try to take over your garden.
Keep it contained, or your garden will turn into a tansy patch!
my faithful buddy...
Every story that I tell you is witnessed by this old gal,
as she is always by my side.
She may be the smallest of our dogs,
but she has the biggest heart.
She is almost 16 years old and still fancies herself a puppy.
Running, just as I imagine she did in her younger years,
to catch up...always ready for the next fun activity.
She is now blind in one eye, with the second soon to follow.
She is not as limber as she once was,
but nothing gets her down.
She is always ready to plant a kiss on your cheek when picked up.
I think she loves her present life....sadly she has only lived with us on the farm
for the past year.
I pray she has a few more years to share with us.
Among other lessons, she has taught me that even as our bodies begin to fail us,
our hearts and minds can stay young, vibrant and enthusiastic.