We had a bit of a restpit from the heat yesterday, it only got up to 85 and the morning was in the 60’s just perfect for working but today the heat is back!!  Yesterday I worked more on the raspberries, I got 20 pots filled with good potting soil and watered them and got 5 raspberries pointed into the pots.  Today I finished the first row.  I have three rows that run east-west and they seem to ripen from east to west.  The ones at the top of the slope are biggest and older so it is from those that I will be getting all my new plants.  They seem determined to take over the clothes line so I have to work at it all the time, tieing them back and cutting them off.  It does seem to be a losing battle, maybe I’ll convince Norman to find a new place to put up a new clothes line and let the raspberries have this one.  I worked until time for breakfast on the raspberries and started the second row.  Will finish that another morning as it get too hot to work on that after breakfast.  Today we picked the blueberries after we ate.  We got 3 quarts so will make sauce with those after dinner.  Then I watered the fruit trees and front garden boxes.  The peaches are almost ready, another couple weeks and I will be canning those, after we eat our fill!!  Both trees are loaded and with the spraying Norman did while they were growing I don’t see any worm holes on these.  I hope I can just peal and cut them in half to can them this year.  UPS brought my ice cream maker.  We put the drum into the freezer and tomorrow we will make our first ice cream.  I do hope it comes out good, then when Gina gets here we can make up a different kind each day.  We always stop and take a break about 10:30 and today we took the break on the lower deck, overlooking the greens garden, berry patches and flower gardens.  I have a humming bird feeder hanging there on the deck and today we were entertained by 5 humming birds and four big bees.  For four years we have had one pair of humming birds so we have two feeders one up stairs on the front deck and the one on the lower deck.  The humming birds always let us know when they are empty as they dive bomb us when we go out.  But today there were five at the one feeder.  It looked like four young ones and one female so I guess they were not long out of the nest, but I don’t know.  One of the birds kept talking to the others, which I had never heard before.  I had no idea they had a voice.  Just as they all got in line to drink one of the big bees or hornets would attack one of them and off they would all go dive bombing each other.  It was quite a show and eventually they all got something to eat.  The male eats mostly from the upstairs one but sometimes gets into the fight down below.  This next week when we go into town we will get a couple more feeders and see if we can keep them all happy.  It is so dry the flowers aren’t much good for the poor things.  Norman spent much of the morning clearing the land.  He took the loopers and cut out the under brush around the wild blueberries.  that is a constant battle also to keep them free from briars and seedlings which will kill the bushes if not kept under control.  His back still bothers him quite a bit so he can’t work long at it.  We don’t recover from a foolish mistake like we used to and he is very impatient with his back!!

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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