Happy Monday to you!!
I hope your weekend was perfectly lovely.
Ours was a "stay at home and get a whole lot done" kind of weekend.
Hubbs got the roto-tiller out and started a flower bed around the gazebo.
I spent a good deal of time cleaning out the grass clumps and starting the planting.
I have much more to plant in this bed before I am finished...and then I will mulch with
tanbark to finish it off.
We harvested 9 heads of cabbage and shredded them for sauerkraut.
It's amazing that those nine heads only filled this crock ⅓ full.
A dinner plate turned upside down with a pitcher of water will serve as a weight
to keep the cabbage submerged beneath the juices.
Through the process of fermentation, in about 8 weeks the end result will be a
crock of sauerkraut.
|"smushing the salted cabbage to draw the juices out"|
Making sauerkraut is so very easy, I am amazed that not everyone does it!
We harvested plums and veggies...and picked another 12 pints of blueberries and froze them.
I am happy to report that we have had a major breakthrough with Tom and Chuck.
We no longer have to perform the nightly ritual of marching the turkeys to bed.
No, Tom and Chuck finally gotten in the habit and now they return to the barn
each night at dusk.
They march right through the barn and out the back door...
past the donkeys...
behind their house...
and straight into their pen. What good boys!
It's only taken about 5 years for them to be trained!
Dr. Becky saw a bear on our land a few evenings ago...
a really BIG black bear.
She was out trimming the grass around the jumps on her cross-country course
that she built between our outdoor arena and the "100 Acre Wood"...
when all of a sudden she looked up and saw Mr. Bear between her last jump and the woods.
Apparently, he looked right at her and then lumbered off back into the woods.
Hubbs and I took a gator ride through the woods last evening
trying to catch a glimpse of Mr. Bear...but we had no luck.
I am bound and determined to get a bear picture to show you...
and not one with my terrible bear drawings on, either!