Sunday, July 13, 2008

Summer Delights

We've been busy harvesting & processing our pea crop. We shell & freeze them for winter enjoyment, but we've also been eating them for the last few weeks to enjoy them during their right season.

Yesterday, I did a 5km walk in the Underwear Affair, my third year in a row raising money for research towards cancers below the waist (thanks to all my donors whom together contributed over $1,000 for this year's event). They had a lady doing mehndi (henna) for donation, so I got my hand done. I've never had mehndi before, and it's just lovely.

After the walk, we went over to Elizabeth's for dinner and cherry picking. Dave did about 2/3 of the work, and the haul was easily 10-15 lbs of cherries, of which we probably got half. This morning, we needed to process them fast, so Dave figured out an ingenious pitting method, using a thin metal bar, and a piece of plexiglas which he'd drilled a hole into. Isn't he clever? Made the job heaps easier. We had some in our morning smoothie, but the rest went into two-cup packages in the freezer for enjoyment this winter.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Finally Summer!

Yikes! Has it ever been a while since I blogged here. Not that many people read it, so no big deal, but nonetheless. I'll have a few recipes to upload in the nearish future, but I've been crazy-busy at work. Don't know what my excuse was otherwise before that!

We've done practically nothing on the house since the lighting. Dave's been working on a beautiful bed commission, which I will post about when it's done & I have photos. We've been back & forth to Dad's (May) and Mom's (well, lots). Last trip to Mom's, we had tree fellers in to clear three trees in the field for the future orchard.

Lots of neat critters, too.

Anise Swallowtail Butterfly

Rough-skinned Newt

Garter Snake (juvenile)