Perhaps more about the CA trip later………..but since the last writing, there’s plenty happening right here at home. THIS summer is so very different than last……….. there are still cucumbers growing in the garden along with lettuce, parsley, and amazingly rhubarb STILL coming out strong. The Rhubarb has been cut 4 times this year, usually we only get 3. Butterfly Bush blooms are STILL HERE in both Purple and White!
Let us NOT have one more day pass though without THANK YOU PAULA CHANDARLIS! This fabulous woman has ALWAYS ALWAYS procured the finest eggs for us when we travel through…………and this was no exception. THIS time, since we were driving though, we got to bring back 7 DOZEN VERY Fresh eggs, and THANKS, PAULA………..EVERY morning, I am easily reminded of this great gift you give us since I STILL LOVE and have ALWAYS loved eggs………. Earliest memories of gathering them from my Grandmother’s hen house through today………..they’re one of nature’s greatest gifts….. On our LAST night in CA, Paula and cousin Mick cooked us a fabulous STEAK DINNER !!! We ARE looking forward to their visit, hopefully happening THIS Thanksgiving…………..
In the meantime, we’re getting some nice sunsets (IF not complete cloud cover):
And these garden notes about THIS summer:
1) LAST year the FIRST batch of our Tomatillo Salsa was canned August 11, and the last one on Sept 14. This year the FIRST batch will be made today, August 30!
2) LAST year the last of the corn was being picked and frozen as we were tired of eating it. This year, the ears are still just being formed, and not all are fertilized. There are lots of black mites that have been getting sulphur dustings for two weeks. THAT is how moist it is here at August’s end.
3) LAST year the entire summer, we only cooked 22 Gallons of Hummingbird Sugar Water…. In 2006 we cooked 28 gallons. In 2005 we cooked 44 gallons. We have been afraid of a decline, and there is a decline occurring in our beloved Rufous family. BUT…… (trumpet sounds!!): THIS YEAR, we cooked 35 GALLONS UP UNTO the point we saw the last Rufous birds here. We are STILL preparing minute amounts for the Anna’s that we’re hoping will remain until cold nights drive them to the valley. MAYBE the mild summer was good for these guys, eh?
4) After 10 years of composting, I have harvested potatoes out of that big place………..They looked MUCH more healthy than the ones in our clay-like vegetable garden.
5) This will be the first time since we moved here in 1996 we haven’t had firewood gathered from salvage. We will have to buy at least a cord of wood for the cold nights in Dec – Jan.
I DID have to go in and trim lots of tomato / tomatillo branches back this morning. I could hardly get through the rows. They still seem to feel like it’s spring growing season, NOT harvest. I DID trim some corn tassels and try to encourage some fertilization……….