Grape picking and jam-making was at the top of the list for
yesterday's farm chores.
This year the grapes are plumper than they have ever been.
And the vines are loaded!
I put the first batch of grapes through the juicer leaving the skins and seeds behind
before cooking and making jam.
This batch came out a maroon color.
(note: these two jars will go right into the refrigerator, as they were not processed)
For the second batch, I cooked the entire grape and then strained it.
Hopefully cooking the skins will give the jam a deeper purple color.
No matter the color, the taste is always divine!
Every time I head out for chores I have at least one buddy that comes with me...
and most times there are three.
Riding "shotgun" in the gator is always Maddie, our Newfie.
Maddie is very arthritic and riding along gives her a change of pace.
It's an adventure she looks forward to every day.
Every time the gator stops, Maddie stretches out on the floor...
relaxing while I work.
Oakley, on the other hand, is my shadow.
He follows me everywhere... all day long.
We call Oakley our "love sponge", as it is apparent that he lives for affection.
Having been rescued from a Kentucky shelter just two days before his scheduled euthanizing,
he shows his gratitude daily with undying love.
And then there is Sam.
If you read my blog with any regularity, you know Sam and his antics.
Sam loves fun.
And he loves to play with the farm animals.
Always respectful, he tries his hardest to get them to play with him.
All the animals are fair game.
"Wanna play chase?" he asks through the gate....
"Can't you see we're eating," answers Chloe, curling her lip at him.
Resigned, Sammy gives up and plops down outside their gate.
Maybe another time, Sammy....