Here's our latest lawn ornament~
He is actually coming in to eat all the plums I knocked off the tree. Hope he knows that Saturday is opening day of deer season...!
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
So, this was supposed to be the last dry day for the next while. Wandered around closing windows, putting chair cushions away, picking grapes and tomatoes, and in general imagining fall's arrival and the end of the longest, dry summer I have ever experienced. Here comes the mud!
The cat tracked this guy under the truck and kept it there until help came. She was rearded with a dish of milk. I suspect it will be the last snake incident for this year as they will find a rock to hide under with the cold rain due to arrive tonight.
|"5 and a button" Timber Rattler|
Monday, September 22, 2014
The rain dance is finally going to pay off with a good soaker due this Wednesday. For now, it is still dry and oppressively hot.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Lucky to go on another river float the other day. The cloud cover made for more wildlife out and about, including this tree of vultures who were waiting for more salmon carcasses to wash up on the bars, and this bald eagle who was up and down the river fishing and
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
|coring and peeling and setting in water with ascorbic acid to prevent browning|
|the finished product~a winter treat|
P.S. Dress rehearsal for rain dance tonight...
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Pictures of pretty clouds at sunset? No. Pictures of smoke billowing out of the Rogue Valley, on the right from the new fire by Grants Pass, and on the right from the continuously stubborn Happy Camp fire which gains thousands of burned acres everyday. It is so dry that even banging two rocks together is dangerous. There is a slight chance of rain toward the end of the week and everyone here has their fingers crossed.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I have looked at the sign "Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint" fifty times and never went there until today. It will be part of an Upper Rogue visit from now on. My friend, Cheryl, and I surmised it might be more impressive this level of water; low enough to see the empty lava tubes and the rock walls that contain it. In high winter flows, all its impressive bulk would hide the features that made it look so powerful today. Glad we went . Visited Takelma Gorge on the river also. It is a favorite place and well worth the 1 1/2 mile trek along the river over lava rock. The maples were starting to change color. In another few weeks it will be spectacular!
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Have been blessed with a visit from a 2006 wwoofer who worked on the farm for the full season that year. She has gone on to do some amazing garden related activities including a 7 day market made up of produce from 40 farms in the New Orleans area. She also ran a composting business using restaurant debris. Amazing! I want to take some credit for introducing her to farming, but I have a feeling that might be overstepping any credit due! Now she is off to SE Asia, hoping to end up at an avocado farm. Great to see her and catch up after 8 years...
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
|Corn eating devils|
If you want your basil to look like this late in the summer:
Thursday, September 4, 2014
With cantaloupes and most muskmelons, watch for a crack to form around the stem where it is attached to the fruit. When a light tap of your thumb removes the melon, it is ripe. This is called "slipping its stem". Not all melons do this, especially honeydews. I watch for a yellow patch to show on their otherwise creamy-lime skin. It is an obvious color blemish. With watermelons, I count tendrils. Find where the melon is attached to the vine and see if the curlycue tendril there is dry. Then go along the stem two more tendrils and if they are all dry, then nothing is feeding that melon anymore and hopefully it is delicious!
|See the separation where the stem meets the melon?|
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
So, after seeing this family in our garden several times and thinking how glad I am not farming commercially at this point, I noticed that the white corn was shredded on the stalks. No raccoon damage here. The cobs were left intact, just cornless. I picked the rest after chasing these guys off. Hoping they don't see the bicolor corn at the end of the garden on the other side. I will be keeping a better watch. Hope they like plums because there are too many for me to pick, give away and process!
Monday, September 1, 2014
September already!!! Guess what I need to get out there doing? Yep, raspberry picking! They are not as throney as most berries, but I still wear long sleeves because they lightly scratch you. After a hour, your skin is pretty annoyed and raw. The trick is to lift the branch of berries away from the rest and then pick, avoiding contact with the thorns of the other canes. The prize of ripe red raspberries is worth the sacrifice!