Sunday, July 21, 2013
Black Bart is doing a fine job. He is calm and serene, and seems to put up with the 'gals' shenanigans rather well.
He is tending to his girls. We should be expecting calves next April, if I do my math correctly.
Just a note. The Dexter beef we've been eating is delicious. The cattle are wonderful to have on our small farm and really do clean up pastures.
I can't wait until I have them working in the woods!
It was supposed to be cooler yesterday, but wasn't. In the morning, I did my black berry picking up the driveway and came back with a big bunch. Enough to freeze another pint and a half.
I ate lunch and then decided to go down to the creek and check out any bushes there. I was disappointed so I hiked to PeeWee's knob and found myself surrounded by black berries. I picked and picked.
I decided to check out the golden or yellow raspberry patch.
Boy was I suprised.
They were coming on like gang busters.
Morris went and laid down under an apple tree while I picked. I'd call him every so often to make sure he hadn't wandered off.
He was hot and not going anywhere.
After about 30 minutes of picking I quit. The sun was beating down on us and there was no air movement in this patch. It is hidden by thorny apple trees and huge bushes of multiflora rose.
I could feel the sweat running down my back, into my eyes, and down my pant legs. I wanted to stay and keep picking, but felt I'd already gotten too hot.
So I grabbed the loyal Jack Russell and headed across the knob towards home.
My final take of the day put us up to about 1/2 gallon of berries frozen for this winter.
The wild grapes are in huge abundance and I am wondering if I'll be able to make grape juice and grape jelly this fall also!