Have you ever seen such a beautiful pair of little cowgirls? Isabella and Kallie Jo were out enjoying the cool, beautiful weather this afternoon. Once in a while you get a gorgeous, almost fall like day and it makes your heart swell with joy, especially after having had such hot weather. God sent us almost an inch of rain the last two days, for which we are truly grateful!! I was reminded by one so innocent last evening, as we ran for cover during some very dangerous weather, and missing the end of the rodeo trick riders and bull riding, that “we prayed for this, you know mom”.
We have been busy juicing grapes this past week. They are very early compared to the usual September harvest. As I type, my juicer is heating up some crab apples from one of our nice neighbors. Most likely those will be turned in to Crab Apple Jelly and some for juice. Fred pulled up some of our onions to dry which was also early. The girls finished picking the last of the Concord grapes today and Fred is turning that into wine. The Frontenac wine grapes are a later variety and are not ready yet. It was cool enough the other day to butcher a hog which is already packaged up and in the freezer. Our new saw worked great and Fred was very pleased.
Unfortunately, we had a skunk that was eating bees from one of our hives. Caleb trapped it and now we are waiting to see if there are more. We have harvested so far, 480 pounds of honey and it is delicious! We’ll be taking more supers off soon. The new electric uncapping knife worked terrific. It really made things go much faster and again Fred was happy:)
Some of the photos below were taken before the first rain we received, others this week. Even though I live here and see this beauty on a daily basis, I still can’t believe how pretty it is. Hope you enjoy the photos.
There is always time for some fun when all of the work is done!