Another hot day in Florida. We are as much house bound by the heat here as we were in New England by the cold and snow of winter. And just like spring freed us there, fall will soon free us here. But today I got an email from my daughter in New Mexico. She sent me the following picture and it made me home sick for the farm in TN.
I could go back through my old blogs and find a picture just like this only that one was of my raspberries, this one is of Shanti’s. Aren’t they beautiful? I do miss this time of year. When we built the farm in TN and planted all the fruit trees, grapes and berry bushes, Shanti did the same in New Mexico at her new home and now she is reaping the most beautiful harvest from hers and someone else is reaping the harvest from mine. I do know the people who bought our farm and know they are as happy with the harvest as we were. They are local people who could never afford such a farm until we got together and they just stepped in and took over the place. We were happy to know they would continue working the farm and they have even enlarged the gardens. They grow all their own food and have added chickens and sell jams and jellies so we made the correct choice on who to sell to. It was never about the money for me but about the beautiful farm we had made there and wanted someone who would enjoy it as we had. Anyways, today I wish we could have kept the farm, OH well it was not to be. I have to live my canning days through my daughter. She got bountiful harvests of plums, cherries, and now raspberries. I don’t know about the other things, she says plenty of pears and peaches but no apples this year. Many of the vegetables she had to fight the bugs for but won the battle.
My blue berries are growing well and I should get a good crop next spring and in two or three years I should get all we can eat. I’ll settle for that and enjoy what time I have left on this earth. With luck it will be another 20 years!! Have a great day.