We are in a drought and the weather has gone from hot and dry to cold and dry. This has increased our risk of fire. At the Farmers Market in Contoocook on Saturday there was a small fire on the edge of the parking lot that is behind the park. The Fire department arrived and put it out ...but the houses there are close together and the tree cover and brush is extensive.
On another note it is time to close the storm windows and do some weatherizing. Just as I had the foam can in my hand the applicator escaped and foam went everywhere and the phone rang.....Clean up came first ,luckily it was soap and water clean up.
Still need to move the chicks and get the trailer ready for them. I haven't quite gotten a way to keep the wild girls from escaping from the front door of trailer coop. But I think I have a solution, I just need to measure it this morning to see if it will work.
I have measured and found an old dog pen panel that will work. I have cleaned out the rest of the floor and have covered 3 of the 4 windows with hardware cloth. I need to go to the hardware store to get a latch, hardware cloth and staples. I am waiting for the floor to dry before I can do the bedding and food for the young layers. Pictures to come !
We were wet at the market last Saturday August 29th, but the rain was needed desperately and even with the 1 1/2 inches of rain plus another 1/2 inch later in the week , we are still dry and still in drought conditions. But at least the nights are cooler and canning inside doesn't feel as much like being inside an oven as it did earlier this summer. The cucumbers have slowed down, but the tomatillos have picked up . I too have slowed down and haven't been canning at the speed of sound and late into the evening and I don't feel the need to be up till 2 am. Now I am picking the last of the blueberries at Pustizzi's Fruit Farm and raspberries. Trying to get any of the berries frozen if I don't need them for a recipe. I try to can as my inventory gets low, which I can do with fruit that I can freeze. Unfortunately pickles, salsa's and some sauces don't work well from frozen produce so I get a little frantic while so many veggies are available and so little time to process them all....ah well...
Mary Will Sussman