It's been a summer of abundance - and one I will not quickly forget. We've had abundant sunshine and abundant rain- resulting in an abundant harvest.
It's been a great year for berries and fruit trees. I've picked gallons of wild raspberries, and sour cherries and blueberries. The apple, pear, and peach trees are weighed down with developing fruit, so an abundant fruit harvest awaits us at Summer's end. We'll enjoy a winter filled with delicious fruity treats!
|Sour Cherry Jam|
Over the past few days, we've had several storms pass through with heavy rains. Each day we have received almost an inch of precipitation... making watering the gardens unnecessary.
In fact, the gardens are all looking a bit like jungles right now.
So much is blooming... gladiolas...
and day lilies provide fresh pops of color.
Many of the flowers are on their second set of blooms... delphiniums...
The pond is finally full again...
and fungi are popping up everywhere!
The profusion zinnias have filled out the log planters nicely.
Turkey tail fungi adds yet another dimension...
And though the weather is quite humid most of the summer, we are lucky in that there's been plenty of rain. I worry about our western states that have had so many years of drought conditions.
Yesterday morning, I headed out to do morning chores with Sammie as my co-pilot.
We stopped by the sheep, who were still sheltering in place after the previous night's storms.
Hope's look says it all. "Good morning. Yes, I'm fine. No, I'll just stay right here where it's dry, thank you."
As for the previous night's storm, by the way... I happened to be caught in it as we were doing the evening chores.
Hubbs had a golf date yesterday morning, so I did the chores solo. I never mind doing chores by myself - it's such a peaceful time. I immerse myself in the tasks, without a care... completely at peace here in my little damp world.
I hear an occasional snort from the front pasture, as the equines happily graze.
I may be the only one working, but I am never alone!
It's a good time of year for our chickens. Besides having free range of the farm all day, they receive lots of tasty scraps from the garden. As we drive the gator towards the henhouse, all of the hens come running to see what we have brought them.
Zucchini and yellow squash are on today's menu. Everyone eagerly dives in!
Even the youngsters get a portion.