Sunday, August 30, 2009

Change in the air

There is a noticeable change in the air these days, and the leaves have started falling in little bursts. I don't think summer is completely over itself, but this is a nice respite. I haven't really had anything much to say these days (have you noticed?) But I have been working outside a bit. So, let's clear away a few of the cobwebs, shall we?

A couple of days ago, I took the tractor down to Stud Muffin's favorite field to clear some undergrowth out and enlarge the field a bit.



The first time I ever mowed down here, and was carving a perimeter around the field, I drove right into a dirt hill hidden under the shrubs. I decided that the dirt would be better used to fill in some of the lower spots in the field and save my aching back as I lurch around mowing!



I cleared a bit of hillside while I was here too.



This field has the prettiest view, with gentle breezes and would be a perfect homestead for a daughter, if they wanted it! I'm just saying, is all!



This morning, I continued the annual "tossing of the compost." I moved semi-composted material from one bin to the other,




and screened some of the finished back gold into the cart to add to the raised beds I am clearing out. It is a physical job, so it takes me a number of days to finish!



As I looked around, I realized that the wind was up and some of the pears were dropping off the trees.

Think there are enough pears on this one tree?




Time to harvest, me thinks! So, I stopped playing with the compost, got the baskets, and with the help of my fruit eating dogs, picked all the fruit!

Almost all of the fruit has "Spotty Blotch" which is a fungal discoloration of the skin, but doesn't affect the quality of the fruit itself. We had such hard rains this spring and summer, that the soil-borne spores got kicked up into the trees and landed on the growing fruit. Not a problem for me, but I couldn't sell the fruit if I wanted to, looking like this! It reminds me of the Joni Mitchell song Big Yellow Taxi, when she sang,

"Hey farmer, farmer, put away your DDT
I don't care about spots on my apples,
Leave me the birds and the bees - please"

So now, I am trying to figure out what to do with all these pears!



I only got a few apples this year, but the one I ate was sweet and crisp. I forced Studly top take a small bite, and even he liked it. I doubt he will eat a whole apple by himself, though. Kind of like my bread baking, he's not too interested in eating what I grow! More for me!!



Okay, not much more in the apple department! Definitely eating these fresh. Not enough to fill a canning jar!

So there you have it! School has now started... well, at least half of the classes have. One of my classes hasn't been updated since last semester, so there is no content listed and all of the due dates have long since past! Hope they figure it out soon, otherwise my first contact with the professor will be to complain! Not a good start!

7 comments:

Lisa said...

You should can the pears. I have a great recipe for vanilla canned pears that I got from a friend last year and they are wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Did you know that Joni Mitchell song references the botanical garden in HNL? The line about the "tree museum"...

MYS (and now MSS...Much Smarter Sis!) Ha!

Lisa said...

Lisa ~ Can you email me the recipe to LisaAlso (at) aol (dot) com??

MYS ~ Smarty Pants!! I think I kinda knew that.

Elisabeth said...

Hi mommy! Once Ray is done with vet school I will take that nice looking piece of land and let you buy me a nice house to put on it! Yay for you! Aren't you happy? Pass the word on to daddy so he can start saving his nickles.

Lisa said...

Hey Lisa, I looked through my files and couldn't find it anymore and before I took the effort to type it up again (lazy, I know), I looked on my friend's blog and she's got it up, so it saved me some time: http://stitchandboots.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/vanilla-pears-a-home-canned-favorite/. These are super!

Anonymous said...

Lisbeth--I will design the house for you that Dad will pay for... I am thinking wirlpool tub etc...

MYS

MarmiteToasty said...

so many pears on such a tiny tree.... what about baking them in that sweet batter mix, cant remember the name of the recipe off hand lol.... so thats no help lmfao

and I think that pretty is just right for a matie to build a house LOL sod the daughter lmfao....

thee is a crisp bite to the air here this morning, even though we aint even had a proper summer again for the second year running......

lets see what the Autumn brings aye....... time to reorganise me life and rack me brains cells to come up with something for what little future I have left.....

know you are loved....

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