I headed out on the bike yesterday evening at about 9PM (the temperature was still at about 90-plus). I met some neighbors walking down the road with all their kids and an extra. I ended up stopping by their place and looked over their garden and fruit patch with the dad. The daughter came running out with a small bag of fresh cookies for me to take with me! Not bad, go for a bike ride for some exercise and come home with a bag of fresh chocolate chip cookies! Life is good!
I picked a half-gallon of blackberries off the bushes this afternoon after work. I spread them on cookie sheets and put them in the freezer. After they are frozen, I'll bag them in cobbler-sized portions! Patti snipped the latest florets of broccoli and picked a couple of peppers....Hmmm, Pretty Patti picked a peck of peppers...never mind.
One of the neighbors has a field harvested that is stacked with shocks of spelt. I wasn't really familiar with that grain, so had to do a bit of research. It's kinda sorta like a coarse version of wheat. Anyway, I'm planning to help thresh it in a week or so. The threshing was going to be this coming Saturday, but another neighbor is going to have a big antique sale up at Dinky's on Saturday. I will be helping them to set up for that on Friday night, beginning at about midnight. At the sale, I hope to buy a butter churn for Patti. The auction is going to be a dandy...lots of cast iron (Griswold), crocks and jugs (Uhl), and too much stuff to mention. From toy tractors to a 350 lb. anvil, this will be a sale for homesteaders for sure.
|Shocks of Spelt wait to be hauled in and threshed|
|A closeup of the tight grain head of some Spelt|
In the last few days, I also processed the last of the sage that I dried last fall. I merely hang it from a string in the shop and allow it to air dry. I crumbled the leaves and stored them in a large seasoning jar. Fragrant and good for soups, meats, and other dishes! Sage is a good perennial herb to have growing in the garden. The dusky green foliage and spikes of blooms are attractive and fragrant.
|Some dried sage, waiting to be crumbled and stored.|
|A large jar of home-grown sage.|