Sunday, August 20, 2006
Busy, Busy, Busy
This is just a busy time of the year. The harvest is coming in full force, you have to can, dehydrate, and freeze the fruits of your labor. Then when the winter is cold and crisp and the snow lies across the fields so white it dazzles and the fire is keeping you toasty warm, you can bring out that wonderful produce that you put away. It is nice knowing that it is organic and healthy. It is a warm feeling to know that it is the fruit of your work. I keep trying to encourage myself with these thoughts. My goat tried to escape last Tuesday. I grabbed her collar, just as she lunged the other way. I kept a hold of her, but jerked my neck out of place. It is still bothering me. So, as I am out picking or snapping beans, or washing jars, and I feel the ache, I can think ahead to this winter and the enjoyment I will receive from these labors.
The first picture is the sunflowers across the front of my garden. There is one (more toward the left in the picture) that is WAY taller than the others. In this picture, its flower is not quite open. That sunflower has to be at least 11 feet tall. The next picture is of some of my bird house gourds growing. If they all survive, I will have way too many to do anything with. I would like to make birdhouses out of as many as I can. Maybe they can be gifts for others. The last picture is the harvest from Saturday.