Apple Season has begun!
The drought has brought on an early harvest of apples and pears. I have made Spiced Apple jelly and Spiced apple rings. There are alot of pears, but they are small and hard which makes it difficult to do anything with them except to pick them and store them in the basement while they ripen.
Cucumbers and Zucchini seem to be done as well as peaches. I am glad I don't grow all those veggies.....I enjoy buying them from other farmers and paying them for their labor and expertise.
I have some red fall raspberries, but they are very small and won't amount to much other than a snack for me and the birds. I am hoping to pick up some white pumpkins to make pickled pumpkin before the kitchen renovation begins.
Now that the canning season is winding down I won't be doing much more canning till the canning kitchen is finished . Once that is done I will be starting to can the fruit in the freezer to make jams and preserves.
As my dad would say" onward and upward".
Yesterday just after noontime my neighbor Dot knocked on my door and the police arrived in my driveway with the blue lights going. Dot knocked and asked if any of my sheep have escaped? They are in the road......my thoughts made me not listen to the rest of what she was saying as I thought the boys had jumped over the fence next to the road. But no, that wasn't why they were there so I began listening again and she refered to the sheep running from the powerlines across the road.
I asked " were there black sheep with horns?" The reply was "yes" ...uh oh....but it still didn't sound right. My neighbor Dot offered to drive me down to where the sheep were and I went with her . There were certainly sheep crossing the road....but they weren't MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Luckily Dot and I plus the police man convinced the sheep to go into the cementary next to the powerlines. The sheep were owned by a neighbor on a road that runs parallel with the powerlines. Those sheep had certainly escaped and the owner headed over to the cementary to gather up their flock.
I was relieved that the sheep weren't mine as it seemed impossible for my sheep to get to access to the powerlines. My fence line doesn't go anywhere near the border of the powerlines and I don't have any gates on the backside of the property. Most of my escapes occur when the grass is no longer enough and my big boy rams will jump over the fence into the lush overgrowth next to the roadside fence. But they usually jump right back if anyone approaches them.
The farm animals make life on the farm different everyday!
Mary Will Sussman