an evening harvest

an evening harvest
WELCOME TO MY BLOG! I am glad you found me because I hope I can be helpful or at least interesting for you to follow, be you a gardener yourself or just watching vicariously.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Diary 9/23/14

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!
"5 and a button" Timber Rattler
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.

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.
 It was a record breaking 100 in Medford yesterday and pretty hot this afternoon. Hard to imagine only 70 degrees for Friday. Wet will be good! Meanwhile canned the last of the pears I traded plums for, and made a little jar of peaches from our white peach tree. Steaming plums, and there are still lots more to pick. I will let the rain thin the really ripe ones off and see what is left, plenty I am sure.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Diary 9/20/14

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

offering us a photo op.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Diary 9/17/14

The amazing work of the bald hornet who over the course of the summer months builds balls of this grey
paper in which to hatch their babies. Not a big fan of their sting, but admire their home building skills.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Diary 9/16/14

coring and peeling and setting in water with ascorbic acid to prevent browning

the finished product~a winter treat
Harvest is gearing up as it usually does this time of year. Fruits and vegetables are coming in wanting attention. Today it was the pears who called out as they ripen to soft yellow sweetness from hard green inedibles. So sweet...

P.S. Dress rehearsal for rain dance tonight...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Diary 9/14/14

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

Diary 9/13/14

Which came first? The chicken or the egg? In this case, the chickens. They have been here for a few weeks, and today was a breakthrough day with 5 of 6 pullets giving us an egg~