Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Rainy Days and Gooseberries

Rainy days are not so bad on the farm.
They are an opportunity to slow down just a bit.
This week will have its share of rainy days,
so I have been given a break from the garden watering and grass watering chores.

The garden is growing at an unbelievable pace.
Our first crop of broccoli is ready to harvest.

The sugar peas will soon blossom and shortly after that will be loaded with pea pods.

Radishes are peeking their blushing cheeks above the soil.

And the flowers are quite delighted with the rain.

I have added several rose bushes around the perimeter of the garden.
I love mixing flowers with vegetables.

Ollie, one of the Littles, seems to be quite enamored with the pigs.

While everyone else was busy eating (the horses' favorite pastime),

Ollie was busy visiting with Ginger and MaryAnn.

During one of yesterday's showers,
I took the opportunity to bake a gooseberry pie (Hubbs' very favorite pie).

We have one gooseberry bush, so each year I make just one pie.
The bush is big enough this year, though, that I just might make another for the freezer.

Gooseberries are the unripe red currant and are quite sour.
But, oh so good with ice cream on top!!


  1. Everything in your garden looks phenomenal!
    How long did it take for your gooseberry bush to fruit? I just planted a little stick of a gooseberry bush and it's greening up nicely, but it's still very small.

  2. I love the leaf pattern around the top of the pie. I have never had a gooseberry before and from peeking into the center they look light green. I bet it was delicious.

  3. Anke,
    The funny thing is...we never planted that gooseberry. About 4 years ago it just appeared. Not sure if it was there before and just too immature to bear fruit...but anyways over the last 4 years it has grown and grown and now bears a whole lot of fruit.

  4. I've never had a gooseberry pie or for that matter even tasted a gooseberry. Maybe they don't grow out here. I may have to check out my local nursery for that pie looks yummy! Onward and upward to a fantastic week! Hugs!

  5. Beautiful pie..love the leaves around the top..Looks like Ollie has a new buddy..Enjoy the rainy week..it's to be in the 90's this weekend ..Yuk..Flowers and garden are loving this weather..Me too..even with the achiness that goes with it..

  6. Everything looks so nice and fresh, and the pie looks yummy. I so wish we'd get some rain.

  7. I did not receive your last couple of updates on my blog. I am repulsed by that act of violence you spoke of in previous post!! I hope you find that guy. Love the pigs pen!! The pie looks fabulous!!!! And the broccoli does too!!! We are harvesting tons of sugar snap peas, and they are soooo good!!!
    XO Kris

  8. Everything looks great . Awesome photos . We need rain here lots of hot sunny days . Nothing like mother natures water. Have a great day !

  9. Love your pictures and the pie is beautiful!

  10. Gooseberry is my very favorite pie in the world!!!! A good friend used to make one for me every year before we moved, and she assured me you only make them for someone you love. Yours looks beautiful too!
    Love your posts, farm life can be as challenging as it is rewarding. April


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