So far this year we've had a pretty fruitful summer season back in the woods. Wild flowers were in abundance, both red and black raspberries were unbelievably tasty, wild strawberries could found, and I've been SO WAITING for the Blackberries! While Angela and I were working on our Great Gardening Challenge, I found a new patch of these beauties just waiting to ripen! They found a very convenient spot to grow - just over my split rail fence, where I can easily pick them without having to enter MOSQUITO-VILLE and risk unwanted 'needle sticks' by those blood thirsty varmints! The berries were hard and dark green the week of my discovery, and the beginning of THIS week - look at 'em! I thought perhaps by Friday I'd be able to harvest a few for making a smoothie! I found a great recipe I'd like to try, using vanilla flavored soy milk and agave syrup - it even suggests tossing in a few sunflower seeds and cayenne.... Not sure about that part, but perhaps I'd try it with the last few sips of my drink, if I'm brave that day!
Plenty of rain in our area has helped the berries and wild flowers take off in their growing sprees. The mosquitoes are unbelievably large as well, and thrive in the vegetation that seems to be overtaking our yard. We have an electric fence that keeps shorting out because of large amounts of thick stalked plants that are springing up all over. When it shorts out, horses can escape. After arriving home from work yesterday, Mr. Wonderful fired up his gas weed eater and began trimming! The fencer was once again working properly!
I was fixing dinner when he finished weed wacking, and he was so happy to have that huge chore completed. He remarked how POWERFUL that weed eater was, and invited me to have a look at his handiwork through the large picture windows. I could not help but stare in awe, mouth wide open, at the superb job he had done! All around my little garden, it looked so serene and beautiful! And behind the split rail fence - empty space! He made quick and easy work of removing those pesky blackberry brambles, before they had a chance to claim any MORE of our yard space! Imagine THAT!
I remained speechless for a moment. In times like these, I always think to myself "if the world ends tomorrow, will this episode in time really matter??" Naaaah! And, Blackberries at the store cost only $3.00 a pint.
Fruitfully Yours -